Posts from July 1, 2013 to July 31, 2013
In Colorado, we see a lot of spiders. They are outside on our decks, inside our homes in our bathrooms and often in dark corners of rooms where they won’t be disturbed. It’s true that these arachnids can be useful by eating other insects that are on your property, but they can also be a nuisance, especially when they enter homes or businesses in large numbers! They can also pose a problem for folks in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and other areas of Northern Colorado when they lay their eggs indoors and then hundreds of spiderlings are born inside your structure. Finding spiders everywhere inside a home can be frustrating and stressful; NOT something you want to deal with every day! Here are some tips to help you find ways to prevent spiders as well as some spider control options for CO home and business owners struggling with spiders.
Spiders are a pest that many homeowners fear and do not want invading their home, but are the spiders found in Colorado really dangerous? The short answer is that all spiders possess fangs, venom and have the potential to bite humans, but in most cases spiders are shy and do not bite; if they do happen to bite, most will not cause any serious reaction in people. Common types of spiders in Colorado that are considered to be nuisance pests are the house spider, rock spider, and wolf spider. There are however some spiders living in Colorado that are considered to be dangerous to humans, the most common dangerous species is the black widow spider. The black widow spider’s venom affects their victim’s nervous system; a bite from this species can be especially dangerous to the elderly or young. Immediate medical attention should be sought if you or a family member is bitten.
Stinging insects like bees and wasps become very active during the summer months; they are foraging for food, breeding and building their nesting areas. This increase in activity can cause many homeowners in Colorado to have an increased chance of coming into accidental contact with them or their nests, which can lead to a painful sting. Many homeowners are stung by bees and wasps while mowing, gardening or doing home repairs during the summer months; often they are unaware of a nest until it is too late. Honey bees tend to build their nests in the crevices of hollow trees or on the inside of other structures that provide a safe area. Honey bees will also often find their way inside homes and nest in wall voids and attic areas. Wasps will build their nests under eaves and soffits, under porches, decks and around landscape timbers; their nests are generally round in shape and appear to have a honey comb pattern.
It’s summertime and many homeowners are calling us with their ant problems. Ants in the kitchen, in bathrooms and basements are all common problems in Fort Collins and throughout Northern Colorado. Most people just don’t understand why they are having ant problems this year, when they’ve never seen these pests indoors before. The ants you find inside your home are typically foragers; the members of the colony that are out searching for food. Typically, ants have an established colony outdoors that they return to with the food they find, but some types of ants in Colorado, like pavement ants, sugar ants and carpenter ants are capable of establishing a nest indoors.