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All About Spiders In Edmonton

Below is our table of content on spiders, what they do, what to do with them, and the how and why Major Pest Control does spider removal Edmonton right.

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Why Do I Have Spiders In Edmonton?

Many people are repulsed by and afraid of spiders. Spiders can cause psychological distress and the condition arachnophobia. They gain entry to homes and businesses utilizing cracks, gaps, and holes in and along walls and doors. Typically spiders prefer to build their webs in dark and quiet areas such as basements and garages. 

The majority of spiders found in Canada are harmless. Only two species of venomous spiders are found in Canada, the brown recluse spider and the black widow spider. If you see any spider in your home, be sure to contact Major Pest Control so they can take care of it for you.

Types Of Venomous Spiders Around Edmonton

The brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa), is a recluse spider with necrotic venom. Similar to those of other recluse spiders, their bites sometimes require medical attention. Brown recluse spiders are usually between 6 and 20 mm, but may grow larger. While typically light to medium brown, they range in color from whitish to dark brown or blackish gray.

Brown recluse spiders build asymmetrical webs that frequently include a shelter consisting of disorderly threads. They frequently build their webs in woodpiles and sheds, closets, garages, plenum spaces, cellars, and other places that are dry and generally undisturbed. When dwelling in human residences they seem to favor cardboard, possibly because it mimics the rotting tree bark which they inhabit naturally.

Latrodectus hesperus, the western black widow spider or western widow, is a venomous spider species found in western regions of North America. The female’s body is 14–16 mm in length and is black, often with an hourglass-shaped red mark on the lower abdomen. This mark can be yellow, and on rare occasions, white. The male of the species is around half this length and generally a tan color with lighter striping on the abdomen. Female black widows have potent venom containing a neurotoxin active against a range of mammals.

F.A.Q.s about Spider Removal Edmonton

What months are spiders active?

Spiders’ activity level depends on the species. The common black and yellow orb weavers frequently seen in the garden are most active in late summer into fall, as are most common house spiders. Cellar spiders, on the other hand, are active throughout the year. 

Are Edmonton spiders dangerous?

Generally spiders found in Canada may bite a human if they perceive a threat or if disturbed when concealed in clothing like shoes or gloves. For many people, spiders can contribute to psychological distress, especially those suffering with arachnophobia. The presence of spiders can diminish the aesthetics of your home or building. Rather than being especially hazardous, spiders are typically more of a nuisance.

Are there venomous spiders in Edmonton or Canada?

The majority of spiders one encounters in Canada are non-venomous. There are two notable exceptions: the brown recluse spider and the black widow spider. Sometimes a non-native venomous spider can sneak in when hiding in shipping containers from other countries. 

A common misconception persists that bites from a venomous spider from Canada are deadly, however fatalities from spider bites are extremely rare. The most common symptoms following a spider bite are swelling, pain, and cramping. For the bites of a brown recluse, often a small area of necrotic tissue will develop at the site of the bite. Most spider bites appear identical and so it is difficult to identify a spider species based on the bite alone. 

Why do I have a spider infestation in my home?

Many spiders prefer dark and moist environments, often making homes in caves, tree hollows, shrubs, soil, or under rocks. In homes, you’ll often find spiders making their webs in basements, garages, and other dark, quiet spaces. They get in your home through cracks and holes in your walls or open doors.

Why do I have a spider infestation in my home?

In general, most spiders choose to live in dark and damp conditions such as in caves, tree hollows, shrubs, soil, and beneath rocks. When indoors, spiders frequently construct their webs in garages and basements or other dark and undisturbed areas. Spiders invade your home utilizing cracks and gaps in walls or through open doors. Detecting one spider is not necessarily indicative of a spider infestation. Most spiders lead solitary lives, and some may live up to 15 years. 

How can I stop spiders from entering my home?

Because spiders typically gain entry into homes via cracks and gaps, start with keeping windows and doors closed and sealed to prevent them from entering. Also use caulk or sealant to repair any foundation cracks or gaps. Preventing other insects from entering your home also discourages spiders from taking up residence. Another tactic is to remove existing spider webs. Dehumidifiers remove humidity from air in basements which makes the environment less attractive to spiders.

How to identify spiders in Alberta

With more than 44,000 species of spiders globally, the only method of conclusive identification is by expert examination of a spider’s microscopic anatomy. However, by familiarizing yourself with the defining characteristics of different spiders, your guesses about the identity of spiders you encounter will be more educated. By checking out the physical features and habits, you can observe clues to a spider’s identity. In most cases, you will be relieved to find that it is harmless. 

Recognizing venomous spiders

It can be reassuring to learn the vast majority of spiders are not dangerous. All spiders produce small amounts of venom, but most spiders don’t cause a dangerous reaction when they bite. In North America, other than brown recluse spiders, black widow spiders, and hobo spiders, most spiders you encounter will not cause any harm. Actually, most spiders are beneficial because they prey on potentially harmful pest insects. Additionally, most spiders do not bite unless they feel threatened. 

First determine if you’ve got a brown recluse on your hands. In North America, the brown recluse spider is the first one you want to rule out. These are the most dangerous spiders in Canada. A bite from a brown recluse spider may cause an infection, and usually medical attention is needed. The first characteristic to check for is the telltale violin-shaped marking on its back.

These spiders have a body and legs that are medium brown while the violin-shaped marking on the back is a somewhat darker brown. The next characteristic to observe is the number of eyes. It may be a brown recluse if it has six eyes arranged with one pair in front and a pair on either side. Finally, consider where you encounter the spider. If the location is in a warm, dry place, like a shed or woodpile, it might be a brown recluse spider. Behaviorally, brown recluse spiders are known to be aggressive, as opposed to hanging back when it encounters a person. 

Next determine if the spider you’ve encountered is a black widow. These spiders are common in Western Canada. They release a neurotoxin when they bite that causes pain and potentially other severe effects, particularly in the young and elderly populations. First look for the shiny black body with a bright red hourglass shape on the abdomen. Next observe the legs; those of black widow spiders are long and taper into points. Finally consider where you encountered the spider. Black widows often live in wood piles and under eaves.

Finally determine if you have encountered a hobo spider. These commonly live in the Pacific Northwest. These spiders are not quite as dangerous as a brown recluse or black widow, however medical attention is still necessary if you get bitten. Hobo spiders have brown bodies with chevron-shaped yellow markings.

They prefer to make their webs in cracks, and corners and can often be found in woodpiles and other sheltered places.

Contact Major Pest Control

Pest Control is something people always dread because they think it costs an arm and a leg when in reality it isn’t bad at all!

Our experts on site will give you a detailed inspection and quote. Usually for spider removal Edmonton it will cost around $300 – $1,000 depending on the severity and size of the nest.

Major Pest Control Edmonton is one of the leading pest control & extermination companies in Alberta, providing professional pest solutions 24/7. Our service is fast, safe, effective, affordable and environmentally friendly. We’re a top-rated Edmonton exterminator and offer a 100% money-back guarantee on our pest control services.

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