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Camel spiders in Arizona

If you live in Arizona, you may or may not have seen a camel spider, like this man did. In the case that you do encounter one of these creatures, you’re bound to be a little spooked, if not straight-up terrified. But don’t let the big jaws freak you out, Western Exterminator is here to provide you with what you need to know about camel spiders.

One of the most important things to know about camel spiders is that although they’re arachnids, they’re not actually spiders. We will cover camel spider bites, what these pests look like, and how to deal with them.

And remember that if camel spiders are overrunning your Arizona home - whether you live in Phoenix, Tucson or Scottsdale - call Western Exterminator at 800-937-8398 or contact us online to have a specialist assess the problem.

Camel spider size and appearance

Camel spiders are part of the order Solifugae (solpugids), which are mainly found in dry places. The camel spider is ⅝ to 1 ¾ inches in the western United States. It’s tan in color, with a segmented abdomen that is a bit darker. The abdomen is typically rounded. Some species of solpugids from elsewhere in the world can be more than five inches in length.

The camel spider has four pairs of legs and no stinger. This creature also has pedipalps, which are appendages that sense vibrations and catch prey. Their pedipalps lack pincers. You will probably notice the enormous jaws as an identifying characteristic. The body commonly has short hairs.

Camel spider

Camel spider bite

Your biggest concern is probably the camel spider bite, given how scary these creatures look. Camel spiders can bite if handled or restrained. The good thing is, they will likely not cause major damage - however, the bite does hurt. As always, if you’re dealing with severe symptoms after being bitten, get medical help right away.

Camel spider behavior

Most camel spiders hunt during the nighttime. They carry a big appetite and can eat different types of prey, such as arachnids and termites. Plus, camel spiders move quickly. When it’s daytime, most species can be found in burrows or under debris to avoid the heat. On the other hand, camel spiders can be eaten by animals such as birds. Adult solpugids live for less than a year.

How to get rid of camel spiders

Due to their predatory activity, camel spiders are actually seen as helpful. However, as they look for insects, they can enter homes. Follow these tips to get rid of camel spiders:

  • Try to restrict how many spots are available to enter your home; caulk and weather stripping can help.
  • Make sure windows and doors fit tightly and spots where utilities enter your home, are sealed.
  • Find a camel spider inside? Try to capture it with a jar and then take it outside.
  • It’s also a good idea to get rid of debris in your yard as well as woodpiles or sources of protection from the sun.

If you live in Arizona and are troubled by camel spiders or any other pest on your property, contact us online to get in touch with a pest expert!

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