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Venomous Spiders In Colorado Springs: How To Recognize And Stay Safe From Dangerous Arachnids

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Colorado Springs is known as Colorado's "playground." This city's great weather and gorgeous backdrops allow for unlimited outdoor activities year-round. One group of local pests that are active year-round in local homes are spiders. Without a professional Colorado Springs spider removal service to help, homeowners may unknowingly allow dangerous arachnids to threaten the health of folks inside their homes.

Distinctive Features: How To Identify Venomous Spiders At A Glance

Like most states, Colorado has its fair share of spiders. Whether big or small, all spiders have venom. The good news for Colorado Springs residents is that not many spiders in the area have a bite capable of piercing your skin, and even fewer require special attention because of the adverse reactions their venom produces. A few common house spiders found within Colorado homes that homeowners should learn to identify include black widow, hobo, yellow sac, and wolf spiders.

Black widow spiders have large, shiny black bodies (males are typically brown) with rounded bellies. Its most distinctive feature is the red hourglass shape on its belly (orange/yellow on males). They grow between 1 1/2 and 1 3/8 inches long.

Hobo spiders have light to medium brown, oblong bodies that grow between 1 and 1 3/4 inches long. They often have light markings on their bodies. People often mistake them for a brown recluse (which can cause a nasty bite and has a distinctive violin marking on its body); however, brown recluse spiders are not native to Colorado Springs, so it is unlikely to be a brown recluse.

Yellow sac spiders have pale, yellowish oblong bodies that grow around 2/5 of an inch long. The end of their legs have brown markings, which make them look like they're wearing socks. 

Wolf spiders have "beefy" bodies, measuring 3/8 to 1 3/8 inches long. They are dark brown and have pale, yellowish markings. Their legs are long, hairy, and spiny.

Spider bites can be painful (some equate with a bee sting) and lead to swelling, redness, and sometimes itchiness around the bite site. Typically, mild symptoms will resolve independently in a couple of days. Still, some people can have severe reactions that necessitate more urgent attention, so protecting your home is essential by partnering with professionals like those here at High Country Pest Control.

Venomous Spider Bites: Symptoms And Emergency Measures

Washing spider bite sites with soap and water, applying cold compresses, and over-the-counter medication should treat most spider bites. Still, homeowners should continuously monitor a suspected spider bite to ensure symptoms don't escalate.

Symptoms that may indicate the need for emergency measures include the following:

  • Continual headaches that don't respond to over-the-counter medication

  • Stomach pain or cramping

  • Dizziness

  • Trouble breathing or swallowing

  • Vomiting and nausea

  • Muscle cramps or spasms

  • Elevated blood pressure

  • Inflammation or streaks that travel from the bite wound

While bites, even from a black widow, are rarely fatal, they can cause extreme discomfort. In severe cases, they might even necessitate an emergency room visit. If you're worried that spiders might cause trouble in your home, a quick call to High Country Pest Control can help set your mind at ease.

Spider-Proofing: Tips For Preventing Dangerous Spiders In The Home

While most people expect an occasional visit from spiders in Colorado Springs, discovering dangerous ones indoors can make folks extremely uncomfortable. Homeowners who use a few simple spider-proofing tips can do much to keep spiders away from their residences.

Tips that aid in spider-proofing homes include the following:

  • Inspect and seal and foundation cracks, gaps, and crevices.

  • Inspect and repair door and window screens.

  • Install weatherstripping around doors and windows.

  • Install a door sweep under the doors.

  • Keep yard debris at least 20 feet away from your home (stacked stones, bricks, and firewood).

  • Reduce clutter.

  • Inspect stored items before bringing them into your home.

Homeowners who utilize simple preventative measures can do much to deter spiders from getting comfortable indoors, but it's not foolproof. If spiders do manage to get indoors and disrupt your household, it's time to call in the pest professionals at High Country Pest Control. 

Professional Venomous Spider Removal: Safe And Effective Eradication

The best way to eliminate venomous spiders in Colorado is with a pest company committed to quality service and your satisfaction. High Country Pest Control has provided outstanding home pest control solutions in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas since 1987. We use environmentally friendly pest control methods that are safe and effective. For local spider control, call in the professionals at High Country Pest Control now; we offer free over-the-phone estimates.