Spider Pest Control
There are over 30,000 types of spiders. Some spiders are smaller than a pin’s head, while others are larger than a person’s hand. Spiders are not insects and are therefore classified as arachnids. Spiders have eight legs, while ants, bees, and beetles have six. Daddy long legs, scorpions, and mites are all examples of arachnids. Most spiders are either brown, grey, or black. Although a spider does not have bones, its tough skin acts as an outer skeleton.
The cephalothorax is the main body of a spider. Each section has appendages, which are attached parts to it. The eyes of a spider are located on the top and near its front. Different species have different numbers of eyes, and their sizes and positions can vary. Eight eyes are common in most species. They are arranged in two rows with four eyes each. Hunting spiders are able to see their prey at close ranges and can form images of their mates and prey. Poor eyesight is a characteristic of web-building spiders. Their eyes are used to detect changes in light.
The spider’s mouth opens below its eyes. Because they don’t have any chewing parts, spiders only eat liquids. There are several appendages around the mouth that form a straw that the spider uses to suck the victim’s body fluid. Predigesting the prey’s solid tissue is enough for the spider to eat only a small portion of it. The spider sprays digestive juices onto the tissue, and the powerful juices disintegrate the tissue.
Each leg is made up of seven segments. A spider has four pairs, each pair attached to its cephalothorax. The tip of most spiders has two to three claws. The scopula is a small pad of hairs that surrounds the claws. The scopula is a sticky pad that sticks to smooth surfaces. It helps spiders walk on walls and ceilings. Spider legs are resistant to pesticides making them difficult to control.
Every species of spider has a unique life expectancy. Many spider species live only for a year. The large wolf spiders can live for several years, while some female tarantulas can live up to 20 years when kept in captivity. At different times of the year, spiders turn into adults. Some spiders reach adulthood in the fall, while others mate during the winter. Some live through winter and mate in spring before they die.
Once a male spider reaches maturity, it begins to look for a mate. Although the female spider might mistakenly eat the male as prey, most male spiders engage in courtship activities to identify themselves and attract females. The female spider will lay her eggs after mating. This can take several weeks or even months. The size of a spider will affect the number of eggs it lays at once. A female of average size lays approximately 100 eggs, but larger spiders can lay over 2,000 eggs. After the eggs hatch, the female wolf spider attaches them to her spinnerets and drags them behind. Then she carries the spiderlings around on her back. Black widow spiders are the most common in this area.