hobo spiders

April 30, 2010 by · Comments Off on hobo spiders 

Hobo Spiders


These spiders are called hobos because they hitch rides with humans and transfer to different areas. They are found all over the western states but the range is spreading rapidly. It is thought that the bite might cause legions but medical research is foggy on this subject.

            Adults are 11-14mm in length and are off brown colored. They prefer dark, moist areas that are undisturbed. They are not good climbers so they are mainly found along the ground. Hobo spiders will make nests in cracks and also in the ground. Usually, the holes are surrounded by the silken web which helps catch prey. Hobos feed on other insects and other spiders. Control is the same as other spiders with spray and keeping clutter off the ground around the house. When these spiders invade homes, crack and crevice treatments are necessary. Remove webs and eggs to keep numbers in check.

daddy longlegs spiders

April 29, 2010 by · Comments Off on daddy longlegs spiders 

Cellar/Daddy Longlegs Spiders

There are about 20 different species of daddy longlegs spiders or cellar spiders in the U.S. They are more of a nuisance because of the immense amount of webs they produce. Daddy longlegs have long legs about 2-8mm in length and are off brown colored. They are usually found along basement ceilings and front porches.

            Daddy longlegs are harmless to people and feed on other insects and spiders. Pest control can be used to keep numbers down but homeowners can also remove webs and eggs to keep numbers down. They are the most common spider of homeowners in Iowa and many other states.

brown recluse spiders

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Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown Recluse spiders are also called fiddle backs. They get the name from their reclusive behavior and fiddle shaped design on their back. Adults are generally about the size of a quarter. They have long legs and hold themselves up high off the ground. Brown recluses are light brown in color. They do not make webs but prefer dark, moist, undisturbed areas like crawlspaces, attics and closets. If provoked, they will bite and it can be painful.

            There is no cure for infected areas other than removing skin and areas that are dying. If left alone, infected areas spread all over. Medical attention should be sought if bites are suspected. Outdoors they prefer shingles, unused boxes, woodpiles, or clutter in garages for shelter. Pest control is recommended for houses with these spiders.

black widow spiders

April 27, 2010 by · Comments Off on black widow spiders 

Black Widow Spiders

Black Widows get the name because of the myth that females eat the male after mating. The fact is that this is very rare. Females are about ½ inch long with a red “hour glass” design on the abdomen. They are shiny black in color. Males are not a danger to humans as they do not bite. Black widows feed on other spiders and insects. Venom can be fatal but mostly in children. Widows try to avoid high traffic areas but will attack if guarding the nest or if they feel threatened. In Iowa, widows are rarely found unless brought in from other states.


April 26, 2010 by · Comments Off on spiders 

Control of spiders is obtained not only through pest control but also by keeping homes clean of clutter and harbor areas. Cleaning up spider webs and food sources will help keep numbers down. Pest control will only help keep numbers down, not eliminate every spider.


April 25, 2010 by · Comments Off on spiders 


There are over 35,000 species of spider all over the world. Only about 2-3000 are known in the U.S. Spiders are found wherever there is adequate food, moisture and temperature. Every spider is considered a predator and in the U.S there are only two known types to be dangerous to humans (widows and recluses).

bird removal

April 24, 2010 by · Comments Off on bird removal 

Smart Pest Solutions does offer bird evictions from structures. Bird services are similar to bat services and can include sealing of the home. Bird nests are removed as well as all holes sealed to prevent entry. Attics can be cleaned and nesting removed if possible. Some roofing repairs may need to be completed by a licensed roofing company

snake services

April 23, 2010 by · Comments Off on snake services 

Smart Pest Solutions offers snake services to homes and structures with snakes invading the inside. Smart Pest does not guarantee snake control in yards or around the perimeter but can prevent snakes from entering homes. All snake services are free estimates. Cracks and crevices that serve as entry points are sealed as well as applying a snake repellant to the perimeter of the house. Any snakes found inside are removed and transported. If structures are in desperate need of upgrading such as rotting wood, large cracks in cement, or holes in walls the homeowner may need to address these issues before service is performed

termite inspections

April 22, 2010 by · Comments Off on termite inspections 

Smart Pest Solutions offers termite inspections to real estate companies and homes for sale by owner. Inspections are complete and thorough with all necessary paperwork and reports. Inspections are valid for 90 days and if any problems are found free estimates are given. Termite inspections are required for all homes sold unless the buyer does not want one. Even brand new homes are vulnerable to termites

bed bug treatments

April 21, 2010 by · Comments Off on bed bug treatments 

Smart Pest Solutions offers bed bug treatments to residential and commercial accounts. Bed bug services may take several treatments and all estimates are free. A thorough inspection is done to determine the level of infestation and if the problem is actually bed bugs. If homeowners suspect bed bug activity they should address the problem immediately to keep the problem from escalating to the whole home. Spraying and dusting with chemical is done as well as educating the customer on what they can do. Homeowners should wash and dry all clothing and materials that can be put in the wash on high heat. Homes need to be clean and free of clutter to receive a thorough treatment. Smart Pest will not clean up clutter and clothes before treating. Fogging is sometimes necessary but not recommended in apartments and hotels

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