How To Identify And Remove Dangerous Spiders In Your Bettendorf Home

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Life is full of interruptions. It seems like the moment you get in the middle of a project, and you are in a stream of thought, someone or something happens to break the flow. After a day of interrupts and facing deadlines at work, you want to come home, kick off your shoes, sit in your favorite chair and relax for the evening. Just when you are slowly exhaling and sinking into oblivion in your mind, you hear a scream from the other room, "Help, there are spiders in the house!" and your zen moment is interrupted. 

If interruptions and stress from spiders in your house are exhausting, you need the Bettendorf pest control experts from Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators. We are your locally owned pest control service and have eliminated spiders in the Bettendorf area since 1929. Our longevity is explainable by customer satisfaction and proven results. Our highly-trained technicians know how to stop spider infestations. 

How To Identify The Two Dangerous Spiders Found In The Area

The two venomous spiders in Iowa are the black widow and brown recluse spiders. Black widow spiders have a shiny, 1 1/2 to 1 3/8 inch black body. A bright orangish-red hourglass pattern on their back identifies them. Other indicators include an orange or brown mark at the joint of their four legs. Black widow spiders build messy webs near the floor in dry, dark locations in the basement, crawlspace, or garage. 

Brown recluse spiders are the second harmful spider found in Bettendorf homes. These spiders are only 1/4 to 1/2 inches long, with a round body marked by a dark violin shape on the back. Unlike black widow spiders who create webs to catch prey, brown recluse females build webs as a place to retreat. Like the black widow, brown recluse spiders create webs in undisturbed areas in garages, basements, and almost any other quiet location in the house. 

The Symptoms Of A Dangerous Spider's Bite

Like most spiders, brown recluse and black widow spiders have venom. In most cases, the spider cannot puncture human skin, or the toxin produces no symptoms in humans, but reactions occur when these venomous spiders bite.

Black widows will bite when threatened. When a black widow bites, the venom can cause fever, nausea, and increased blood pressure. Although pain at the wound site intensifies and peaks after about three hours, residual pain may continue for another three days. Bites from a black widow are rarely fatal. 

Brown recluses avoid humans but will bite if they feel imperiled. Venom from a brown recluse causes fever, restlessness, and trouble sleeping. Pain does not always accompany the initial bite, but a blister and swelling will appear at the wound site after eight hours. Brown recluse venom attacks tissue and, in some untreated cases, creates an ulcer that may go from skin level to the bone! 

The Safest Way To Get Rid Of Dangerous Spiders Around Your Home

Due to the danger associated with these venomous spiders, the best way to get rid of spiders is to allow our licensed pest control experts from Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators to solve the problem. Our 85 years of experience have produced a comprehensive pest control strategy to eliminate spiders. Our Home Guardian strategy includes a home inspection, implementation of a customized strategic solution, and follow-up to ensure ongoing success. We have the tools, experience, and knowledge to eradicate spiders from your Bettendorf home. 

Five Easy Tips To Prevent Future Spider Problems

In conjunction with the experts from Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators, here are five tips to prevent a future infestation:

  1. Remove leaf and wood piles and rotting landscape timbers from the lawn

  2. Create adequate drainage for ditches and puddles

  3. Prune back trees and shrubs from the house

  4. Seal cracks and tiny holes in the foundation and around windows

  5. Minimize use of outdoor lighting

Utilizing these tips with the help of Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators will get rid of spiders at your Bettendorf home. 

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