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We’d all like to ignore the thought of spiders and other creepy crawlies in our living space. It’s easier to just pretend that they don’t exist and that our homes, garages, basements, and yards are all completely pest free. Unfortunately, ignoring spiders and other pests will not make them go away. It’s important to be aware of which pests you may encounter, especially because Utah is home to several venomous spiders! Do you know what they are and how to identify them? Take a minute to learn about these 3 common venomous spiders in Utah so you can keep your family and home protected.

Black Widow

These are probably the best known dangerous spiders in the United States. They’re shiny and black with a red hourglass marking. Bites can cause pain, swelling, vomiting, and seizures. In some cases, bites can cause death.

Hobo Spider

Often misidentified as a Brown Recluse, Hobo Spiders are brown and skinny with camouflage like markings. They aren’t quite as dangerous as Black Widow spiders, but their bites are still venomous and harmful. Bites can cause blisters, soreness, and death of tissue.

Desert Recluse

These smaller, skinnier spiders are more common in the southern desert counties of Utah. They aren’t incredibly dangerous, but their bites can cause soreness, swelling, pain, and flu-like symptoms.

Take some time to show these spiders to your family, especially children, and teach them basic spider bites first aid. If bitten, tell an adult, call Poison Control, apply ice, and keep the area clean and rested to decrease blood flow which can aggravate the bite. Be aware of places that spiders will build webs and nests, such as wood piles, corners, basements, and other dark and secluded areas.

The best possible way to prepare and protect your family from the venomous spiders in Utah is to invest in comprehensive pest control. Often people pass on pest control because they think it isn’t needed in the colder winter months, but that is when spiders are more likely to venture inside for protection from the elements. If both you and your unwelcome spider friends are retreating indoors and spending more time inside your home, the results can be painful. Spraying pest control around your yard and home boundaries can prevent spiders and other pests from making their way in through doorways, holes, and other tiny breaches of which you may not be aware.

Hawx Pest Control is an affordable and trustworthy option for pest control in the greater Utah area. We offer effective pest control that doesn’t require a lot of time, effort, or money on your part. We’ll assess, spray, and come back to touch up as needed to keep your home completely spider – and pest – free.

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