Most Alaskans understand that having a few spiders on their property is a good thing. Spiders that live outside your home curb the local bug population, which means fewer invaders for your home. Some species of spiders, however, are nothing but bad news. Take wolf spiders in Alaska, for example. These sizable spiders can grow to more than four inches in length (not including the legs). They’re big, nasty and absolutely something you want to get rid of.
Why is a wolf spider in my home?
By and large, having one or two wolf spiders on your property is not a big deal, provided you steer clear of them. However, when they actually enter your home, you’ve got a problem. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure that your home remains free of wolf spiders:
- Get rid of crumbs: The biggest thing that will attract a wolf spider to your home is food that’s been left out. By cleaning up any food that’s spilled on the floor and vacuuming regularly, you can seriously eliminate the temptation for a wolf spider to enter.
- Keep the lights off: While lights don’t attract wolf spiders, they do attract some of the wolf spider’s favorite meals. By simply switching off any unnecessary outdoor lights at night, you can reduce the number of moths and flying insects that are drawn to your home, and therefore reduce a wolf spider’s need to come close to your doors.
- Keep it sealed: Even if a wolf spider gets close to your home, you don’t want to allow it any means of coming in. Rips in your window screens and cracks in your siding are just two of the ways a wolf spider can creep into your home.
If you spot a wolf spider in your home, you should immediately call a pest control professional. Where there is one, there are likely several more.
A painful bite
One of the most common questions asked about wolf spiders in Alaska is, “Do they bite?” The answer to that question is an emphatic, “Yes!” What’s worse, it’s quite painful when you’re bitten by a wolf spider. When you’ve been bitten, the site will swell for several minutes after, and pain will continue for a while.
For an average adult, a wolf spider bite won’t be toxic because their venom doesn’t result in the death of your skin cells. That said, young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems should seek medical attention if the swelling hasn’t gone down after half an hour. If you believe your dog or cat has been bitten by a wolf spider, take them to a vet as soon as possible.
Rapid, qualified response
If your home is under attack from wolf spiders in Alaska, call in the pros at Pied Piper Pest Control. We have more than 55 years of experience tackling all manner of pests and rodents that call Alaska home. From bats to bed bugs to mice and beyond, the pros at Pied Piper Pest Control can eliminate what’s ailing you. Give us a call today to find out more.
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