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Spiders

Most spiders are harmless and just feed on other insects. However, there are two spiders that are considered dangerous to humans: Black Widows and Brown Recluses.

Here we will discuss these two spiders as well as House Spiders and Wolf spiders!

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Black Widow

The name sounds ominous because it is thought that Black Widow females will eat the male after mating, but this only rarely happens. Black Widows have round, spherical bodies that are black with a red, hourglass shape on it. Young Black Widows are mostly orange and white and grow darker with maturity.  They are most commonly found in sheltered areas like under rocks, in wood piles, under decks, in rodent holes, and occasionally in dense foliage. If found indoors, they are usually seen in cluttered garages and basements.

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Brown Recluse

Named for its size and color, the Brown Recluse grows only to be about 1/4-1/2 an inch with a tan to dark brown body, with a darker mark on its neck. They feed on small, live insects and are found under rocks, boxes, woodpiles, etc. If inside, they are usually dwelling in secluded areas among boxes, papers, clothing, and crevices.

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House Spider (Southern house)

While the house spider is not dangerous, they are nuisances because of their webs, and are usually found indoors. They vary in color from off white, to yellow brown, to black, with stripes. Their webs are mostly found in humid, secluded and inactive areas of the home like garages, barns, upper corners, and under furniture. Their webs can easily be removed with vacuums.

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Wolf Spider

The Wolf spider may be scary looking and sounding – they are big and hairy – but they cause no real threat to humans. They are dark brown with grey marks. Unlike most other spider species, the Wolf spider actually hunts and chases their prey, usually at night. They dwell in sheltered areas like burrows, wood piles, decks, etc. They might get in to your property while chasing prey, and might not be eager to leave once they’re inside. Glueboards placed along walls, furniture, and doorways helps get rid of Wolf spiders.

Rodents

Think you may have a rodent problem on your property. Not to worry… give American Pest Control a call and we will help you with all of your pest issues!

In the meantime, here are some facts about various kinds of rodents you may find in or on your property.

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Norway Rat

The biggest of all the rodents, the Norway rat can damage your property, eat and spoil your food, and are known for carrying diseases. Growing to be up to 7-9.5 inches long, they generally have brown-black fur. Signs of infestation: gnaw marks, droppings, burrows, damaged goods, etc. While they enjoy meat and dry foods like cereal and dog food the best, they will eat anything. Nests are commonly found around embankments, sewers, basements, and less commonly, attics.

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Roof Rat

Roof rats are essentially very similar to Norway rats but are commonly smaller. They differ in that roof rats are nocturnal and live in colonies. Nests are found in the upper ares of trees and buildings. They also eat most anything, but prefer nuts, seeds, berries, and insects.

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House Mouse

The most common house pest, house mice, also damage materials, eat and contaminate your food, and carry diseases. They grow to about 3 inches and are a brownish grey with a white belly. With the same signs of infestation as the above rodents, they also prefer to eat seeds and insects. They nest in dark, secluded places because they are nocturnal.

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White-footed Mouse

Primarily causing structural damage, white-footed mice are primarily found in rural and wooded areas. They are nocturnal and can carry hantavirus. They are known to enter homes and garages during the coldest months, nesting in sheltered nooks and crannies.

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Deer Mouse

Like the house mice, deer mice are structural pests and are most commonly found in rural areas or suburban homes near woods. They also carry the hantavirus and should be considered a medical risk. Typically 3 or 4 inches long, they are pale grey to red brown. Nocturnal creatures, deer mice nest in trees, logs, abandoned nests, storage boxes, furniture, cabinets, corners, and attics, They eat insects, seeds, nuts, fruit, and other small animals. They also cause damage to the structure in which they inhabit and to whatever is inside said structure, like food and other goods.