There are many different phobias in the world today. People are scared of everything from falling off of cliffs to public speaking. One of the biggest phobias is arachnophobia. Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. Many people fear these small arachnids. While they can be a scary sight to see, they really are, in most cases, not very dangerous to us as humans. In fact, in many cases, this arachnid can be very beneficial to us and our ecosystem. In this article, let’s take a quick look at spiders, their life cycle and how we can control them in our homes and businesses.
SPIDERS ARE ARACHNIDS
Spiders are not insects. They are arachnids. They’re more closely related to mites, scorpions, and ticks. Spiders use an incomplete metamorphosis to develop. Most spiders will lay a massive number of eggs, then those eggs will hatch as spiderlings. Then the spiderlings will grow until they reach full adulthood. Some spiders take care of their young, and some spiders do not. There are quite a few differences between the different species of spider.
Spiders can generally be separated into different classes. There are webs spiders and hunting spiders. Web spiders are spiders that create a large web that they use to trap insects. These arachnids usually don’t have great vision but they can use their sense of feeling very well. They will use their web to create these large nets often seen in gardens and in the corners of rooms. What are the most well known of these web spiders are the orb spiders. This family spiders will create a circular style web that we are most familiar with. Your Tulsa pest control company will have more information.
The webbing of the spiders can be made up of very different web material. The spider has multiple types of webs that it can create. It will usually use 7 to 11 anchor lines to create the skeleton of the web. These anchor lines are not sticky, contrary to popular belief. But once these anchor lines are set in place, then the spider will simply go around in concentric circles laying a sticky wet web used to catch insects in. These spiders have special claws at the ends of their feet that allow them to navigate both the sticky web and the not so sticky web. In addition, once the spider is done with webbing, it can consume the web and reuse it.
Hunting arachnids, on the other hand, have very good vision. They use this vision in order to track their prey. The brown recluse is a great example of this kind of spider. It’s spins a very irregular web that it uses for a nest. But it does not use any sort of webbing for hunting. It’s tracks its prey using its vision to find an unsuspecting insect. Then it will pounce on it and inject venom into it immobilizing the spiders victim. Finally, it will take this poor insect back to it’s nest and then consume it and feed it to its young. Call a reputable Broken Arrow exterminator for more help.
SPIDERS AND THEIR VISION
Spiders have two different kinds of eyes. They have a primary eye and a secondary eye. The primary eye is much better at seeing shapes and images. Secondary eyes see basic color shapes but not in great detail. The spider does not have the ability to move its head so it must use its eyes. Spiders have 6 to 8 eyes that are arranged in a semicircle around its head in some form. It will use their large primary eyes to track its prey, and in the secondary eyes will act as a lookout to watch for other predators that may be nearby or in the area.
Another factor that makes spiders somewhat unique is the fact that their bodies are suspended off of the ground. This makes them much more difficult to control with basic pesticides. Because other insects drag their body through and across surfaces, they have much more contact with a pesticide treated surface. So, in many cases, an encapsulated pesticide is the best to use against arachnids. This pesticide dries in bubbles. As the spider travels across the surface, they will pop the bubbles and the pesticide will get thrown up onto the body of the arachnid. In addition, other methods can be used against spiders such as glue boards and dusts. Your Broken Arrow pest control company will have access to all of these.
The hobo spider is an interesting web spider. It will create a funnel shape web usually in bushes or other ground area surfaces. When an insect makes its way across their web, the hobo spider will sense it and come out of the cone in the center of the web. It will attack its prey dragging it back into the cone where it will consume it. As mentioned before, we have the brown recluse and black widow here in Oklahoma. Both of these arachnids are poisonous and dangerous to humans. While in most cases, the spiders won’t attack a human without being provoked, they still do provide a danger.
Both spiders use their venom primarily for hunting. They can use it for defense, but are reluctant to do so. It takes a lot of energy and material to create the venom that they use. If they don’t use it for hunting, then they have a hard time replenishing it. For this reason, if they are put in a situation where they must defend themselves, they will usually resort to using very little venom or possibly none when they bite. Only when they are under severe threat will they actually use their full venom strength.
DEALING WITH SPIDERS
If you’re dealing with spiders or any other pests it may be time to calling it a Tulsa exterminator that you can trust. Here at TermMax Pest Control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with spiders and other pests. We service the greater Tulsa area including Tulsa, Bixby, Jenks, Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Prattville, Sapulpa, Claremore, Catoosa, Coweta, Turley, Owasso and much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!