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Increased Arachnid Activity

Megan Pinneo


If you haven't taken notice already, you may start to see an increase in spider activity in the next couple of weeks as the temperatures begin to cool off making way for Fall. While it is not widely known, male spiders typically seek a mate around late Summer early Fall. This includes tarantula spiders, which according to Mount Diablo State Park rangers, they have already begun seeing tarantulas popping up early due to the cooler temperatures. Be advised that mating season usually lasts through the end of October. 

It's good to keep in mind that while tarantulas are intimidating to look at (for all you arachnophobes!) they are quite docile and non-aggressive unless provoked (which we DO NOT recommend!) Most female tarantulas remain in their burrow, so if you run into a tarantula while out hiking or if you live on acreage, chances are it's a male. Fun fact: Male tarantulas have been known to search for up to four miles to find a mate! Kind of romantic! 

On a separate note, general household spiders will also be seeking mates around this time frame. As always, we recommend staying consistent with your pest control services and doing your best to eliminate the arachnids main food source which are of course other bugs, but most importantly FLIES. If you find yourself having a particularly intense fly infestation, whether outside or inside your home, we recommend picking up a fly catcher or trap at either Home Depot or Lowes to help out. These usually cost anywhere from $5.00 to $7.00 depending on the brand or type you buy. Making sure your trash bids are secure and covered is also a good idea, since this is a popular place for spiders to set up camp. (Coincidence? We think not.) 

We hope this helps answer some of your questions about the increase in spider activity as of lately. If ever you have a concern or need your pest control technician to come back out to do a respray for you, don't hesitate to give us a call!



The Brown Widow

Megan Pinneo

Brown Widow Spider

We all know about the black widow spider but did you know that there is also a brown widow spiderBrown widow spiders can be found in Southern California  and actually out number the black widow spider. They are brown, tan and gray covered in a spotted pattern. Like the black widow spider they have a yellowish or bright orange hourglass marking on the underside of their abdomen. There are dark bands that wrap around their legs, with their front legs longer than the others. Black widows are usually a little larger than the brown widow, and the brown widow spider's bite is also less venomous. You can find brown widows hiding in and around our home in places such as; solid / plastic patio furniture, wood fences and plastic playground equipment. They are not limited to these areas so be sure to keep an eye out.

Think you have a brown widow spider problem? Send Black Knight Termite and Pest Control to help you out with the problem. 951.694.8100. A Pest Control Service may be just what you need. Some one to take care of them and the webs they leave behind, not to mention their eggs!

5 Types Of Spiders Common In Homes

Black Knight Pest



The spider is a skillful creature and though small finds its way in all homes even in kings' palaces as the Good Book aptly puts it. They may be comforting words but when you spot a spider in your home, you should not lay low about it. Get the spider removed at once should be a priority. A local pest control service can usually do the job. To be on the safe side, unless you are sure what kind of spider it is, do not attempt to remove it yourself. For the short-term solution, cover your hands completely and do not touch it with your hands get a piece of wood or long plastic to get rid of it then call professional services to inspect your home.

It is best you know the deadly spiders that could be living in your home so that you know when to run or when to smack

     1.       The black house

A common spider species in many homes but the good news is that it is not lethal. Nevertheless, its bite is poisonous and painful. Once bitten by this spider, the victim will experience nausea, vomiting then muscle pains and exhibit severe sweating. To eliminate the black house form your home, check carefully for it under bricks, in high corners of the attic, the shed and even in toilets. Check those windows which are least used for signs of a web along the frames.

     2.       The mouse spider

This spider is nice yet lethal. This means if you do not disturb it, it will not sting you but once you provoke it, its bite is dangerous, and woe unto you if you meet the male mouse spider for its bite can cause death to the victim. The elderly and children are most vulnerable to this bite since their immunity is low and the venom travels fast.

It lives in burrows so check the grounds around the house for any webs or signs of burrowing. Beware of the male especially during the rainy season for this is their prime mating season and it comes out of its burrow searching for a female.

     3.       The hobo

Not the hobo bag but the hobo spider, which has a painless but dangerous bite. When bitten you will fell nothing and even show no symptoms. After one day, the symptoms start appearing and range from headaches, loss of vision and nausea on top of reddening of the bitten area.

      4.       The trap door

Its bite is just highly painful but contains no venom. Like the mouse spider, it lives in burrows around the home and loves dry areas. It is a timid spider but still worth getting rid of it.

      5.       The black widow

You most likely have heard of the legendary widow spider that derives its name from the act of killing its partner. This species is mainly female given that the males never survive beyond the mating. The venom it uses to kill its partner is lethal even to human beings. It is ranked as one of the most deadly spiders in the world hence a bite from it should be treated at once.  If treated early, you could escape with the minor headache instead of the more common attack on the nervous system that most victims experience.

Tell us your experience with spiders and pest control services.