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What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids. They possess eight legs, two body segments, and a head with mouthparts capable of piercing the skin. Unlike insects, they lack antennae or wings. Instead, they spin silk from spinnerets at the end of their abdomen, using it to trap insects for food. Two of the most common spiders in Idaho are the black widow and the wolf spider.

Black widows

Black widow spiders are a species of spider found all over the world. They get their name from the belief that the females eat the males after mating, but that rarely happens in real life. Black widow spiders are shiny black spiders that grow to about 1 ½ inches long. Their most distinctive feature is the red hourglass shape on their underside.

Wolf spider

Wolf spiders are very common in Idaho and can be found living in tall grass, under rocks, or around homes. They are dark brown with white markings on their heads and abdomens. Wolf spiders can grow up to two inches long, making them one of the larger species of spider you may find in your home.
Wolf spiders in Idaho generally aren’t aggressive and will only bite humans if they feel threatened. The bites from wolf spiders are generally not harmful but can be painful.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Because of the dangers they present, professional treatment is always recommended when it comes to removing black widow spiders. Super Nova Pest Control can take care of your black widow problem, returning your home to a safe place. To learn more about our effective pest control options, please reach out to us!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

There are a few ways to prevent spiders from choosing your home to invade:

  • Reduce clutter in your basement and storage areas. If these spiders have nowhere to hide, they won’t want to stay there.
  • Seal all cracks and openings around your house to prevent black widows from getting inside.
  • Store firewood a safe distance away from your house and keep it up off the ground.

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