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The climate and environment in Arizona are both generally favorable to spiders year-round, so spiders can often be found in yards and homes. There are many different species of spiders in Arizona, some of which can be poisonous, deliver a painful bite, and even cause adverse reactions. Knowing the defining characteristics of common Arizona spiders can help you understand the best way to deal with spiders and spider bites. Listed below are a few of the most common spiders found in Arizona.
If you have a spider infestation on your property, contact your local Western Exterminator. An infestation can indicate a different underlying pest issue that needs to be addressed in order to prevent spiders. Let us help you!
The Arizona brown spider is a relative of the more common brown recluse spider. This species is native to Arizona, but its symptoms are not as severe as those from the brown recluse. Brown recluse spiders are found in Arizona, but it is rare to see one. These types of spiders are known to be dangerous because of their venom. They like to hide in rocks and woodpiles, so Arizona home residents should be particularly careful when doing yard work.
Arizona provides the ideal climate for black widow spiders. Most homes in Arizona provide the food and shelter that black widows need and thrive on. Black widows love to hide in dark places, so they usually go unseen until a person accidentally steps on one or in a nesting area.
Grass spiders are often confused with wolf spiders and hobo spiders, but the three lighter lines on the head of the grass spider distinguish it from the other two species. The grass spider is a shy creature, so if you happen to spot one, don’t expect it to stay around for long.
One of the most well-known Arizona spiders is the tarantula, as they favor desert environments. Tarantulas are one of the largest spiders found in Arizona, measuring anywhere from five and a half to six inches in length with a leg span of approximately six inches. There are 30 species of tarantulas in Arizona, with the Desert tarantula being the most common.
Also commonly found in Arizona are wolf spiders. While these hunter spiders have a terrifying appearance, they are relatively harmless to humans. Wolf spiders are famous for being able to camouflage themselves. They are nocturnal and will roam around at night in search of prey.
The Black widow is the most venomous spider in North America, making it the most dangerous spider in Arizona. Female black widows have a very aggressive, powerful bite and their venom is 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s. A lot of times, black widow spiders go unidentified, since, on average, they are only about a half of an inch long. If you can see the red hourglass on the back of a black widow, it probably means you are too close.
Spiders can be beneficial, but too many of them can be a problem. If you are seeing too many of the above common Arizona spiders, contact Western Exterminator today.
Our specialists will find out why spiders are choosing your home to build their webs and live there. We will eliminate the spiders that are already there and prevent spiders from returning. Contact us now!
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