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Halloween and the Fall Season: The Perfect Time for a Spider Invasion

Halloween and the Fall Season: The Perfect Time for a Spider Invasion

Fall has arrived, and Halloween will soon bring a variety of little spooks and goblins to your front door for a treat. Unfortunately, this time of the year also brings out some creatures that aren't quite so pleasant here in California, and you may find yourself facing some creepy spiders that have taken up residence in your home in preparation for the cooler temperatures to come. Here at Sorenson Pest Control, we're regularly called upon at this time of the year to rid homes of these common spiders.

1. Black Widow

The largest of all of the web-spinning spiders, the shiny black widow is unmistakable thanks to the red-hourglass marking on the underside of its abdomen. That marking signals a very real danger because this is a venomous spider that can deliver a painful bite, which sends a neurotoxin into your body. This can make you quite sick, and it causes some people to go into shock and even die. You'll find these spiders in dimly lit areas of your home that include the basement, dark corners, the garage and any place where clutter is present.

2. Brown Recluse

Another venomous spider, the brown recluse may be identified by the distinctive violin pattern that can be seen just behind its head. While its venom is actually more poisonous than that of a rattlesnake, the spider isn't capable of delivering enough poison at one time to kill a human quickly. However, a bite can make you sick, and it's possible that it may cause tissue damage that could lead to a gangrenous condition and even death. You may find the brown recluse hiding in your clothing, your shoes and even in your bed with you.

3. Common House Spiders

These small spiders come in the colors of red, brown and black, and you'll see them spinning odd-shaped webs in areas of your home that include the windows, ceiling corners and all around the light fixtures. They aren't venomous, but just one female can lay as many as 4,000 eggs during her lifespan so that you could end up with a serious invasion rather quickly.

4. Funnel Web Spiders

Not to be confused with their Australian cousins, funnel web spiders that are found in California are not dangerous. You'll recognize them by what appears to be a tail at the end of their body and their horizontal, funnel-shaped webs. They're often found in basements and in other cluttered areas.

5. Common Jumping Spiders

These spiders aren't harmful, but it can be quite scary to have one of them jump on you. This species can leap as high as 25 times their own size, and they are known to move faster than other spiders. You may find them hunting for prey anywhere within your home.

Help is Available

Here at Sorenson Pest Control, our professional technicians are experienced with removing these and any other type of spider in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Yuba, Sutter and the surrounding areas. Contact us at 866-967-9588 for all of your pest-control issues, and we'll provide you with a free quote.

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