SPIDERS

#When people think of spider control they imagine John Goodman wielding acidic pesticide in a perilous battle with poisonous spiders out for human blood. While Arachnophobia may have been a hit in the box office, in reality spiders are more interested in eliminating the flying insect population. The average person is very familiar with common household spiders; "Daddy Long Legs," "Garden Spiders," "Wolf Spiders," etc.

Dangerous spiders; Tarantulas, Brown Widow Spiders, Brown Recluses and Black Widow Spiders.

#Despite their ugly appearance, Tarantulas are actually not venomous, their bite can be compared to a bee sting and will subside with time. Brown Recluse spiders (or Violin spiders) are very dangerous, however there have only been two sightings in San Diego in recorded history - making the odds of finding one about the same as being struck by lightning twice.

Black Widow spiders and Brown Widow spiders are a common pest in central and southern California and are no different.

#The bite of a brown widow or black widow can be lethal to small children (under 6) and the elderly as their immune systems are typically weaker. The venom is a neurotoxin about fifteen times as potent as a Rattlesnake's. In a normal healthy adult, the bite causes extreme localized pain and intense full body muscle contraction and cramping. A female black widow can be easily identified by the shiny black body and large red hourglass on the underside of the abdomen. A female Brown Widow is a wood brown color with a red hourglass on the underside of the abdomen. Widows are typically found in dark areas where there is refuge from animals and people. Normally we see them at the foundation of buildings and houses, wood piles and other dark areas that remain undisturbed for long periods of time. A brown widow or black widow web is easily spotted - a typical garden spider web will have a vortex style that almost looks well thought out. However, a black or brown widow web is chaotic at best, strands zigging this way and that, with no overall sense to the design.

If you have children we STRONGLY reccomend keeping an eye out for Black Widow and Brown Widow spider, as we're as concerned with your children's safety as much as you are.