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Spiders

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BLACK WIDOW

In the daytime, Black Widows are usually found in quiet, undisturbed areas, emerging at night to search for food. Black Widows typically prefer a dark, damp, cool habitat and are usually found near the ground around trash reciprocals, between rocks in rock piles, between logs in woodpiles, piles of trash, tree stumps, low-growing shrubbery, and underground water meter casings. While they are generally found outside the home, they are often found inside in dwellings such as sheds, garages, storm cellars, basements, attics, and closets.

BROWN RECLUSE

Also known as the Fiddleback Spider due to the violin-shaped markings on its back, the Brown Recluse prefers dark, isolated areas during the daytime. It is often found indoors in old clothing, shoes, inside storage containers or stacks of paper, behind baseboards, behind wall hangings, and under tables and chairs. Outdoors, they are typically found under rocks or tree bark, in garages, sheds, and barns. Like the Black Widow, the Brown Recluse is nocturnal, coming out at night in search of food.

AMERICAN HOUSE SPIDER

The American House Spider is often found in dark, undisturbed areas around the house such as under sinks, in garages, under porches, in sheds, in window frames, under furniture, and inside closets.

WOLF SPIDER

Most species of Wolf Spiders are active during the daytime in search of food, while some species dig a burrow and line it with its web, remaining there until nighttime when they actively search for food. Outdoors, they are often found under leaves and rocks. The Wolf Spider does not use its web to catch its prey, but instead chase their prey and capture it.

BEFORE THE SERVICE TECHNICIAN ARRIVES

For best results, make sure to remove small personal items away from walls and baseboards so that the Service Technician can apply insecticide to all baseboards, cracks, and crevices, under sinks, etc. for maximum efficiency. Remove all items out of closets as spiders of all kinds are often found hiding within them. Be prepared to report to the Service Technician the location(s) where spiders have been discovered. Be prepared to describe the physical characteristics of any spiders discovered so that the Technician may be able to more accurately identify the spider and thus more able to control it.

AFTER THE SERVICE TECHNICIAN LEAVES

Remove any clutter around the outside of the home where spiders may find harborage (wood piles, bricks, rocks, leaves, toys, etc.). Seal cracks in and around your home or other structure. Keep the grass mowed and trimmed regularly. Keep clutter to a minimum inside the home. Remove any unwanted items such as boxes, bags, etc. Keep storage areas neat and clean.

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