PUBLISHED ON October 25th, 2012
Portland pest control service experts and entomologists are all abuzz about the discovery of a new species of spider found in Grants Pass, Ore. The spider is called Trogloraptor marchington after the individual who discovered it, Neil Marchington, and its genus, Trogloraptor, which means “cave robber.” The spider was actually discovered two years ago, but it took researchers this long to conclude without a doubt that this spider is a new, undiscovered species.
The cave-dwelling spider makes rough-looking webs and has hooks on the ends of its legs that researchers think are used to catch flying insects. Measuring a total of 3 inches, the arachnid has venomous glands but doesn’t pose a threat to humans. The Trogloraptor marchington also has a unique characteristic never seen before in any other type of spider: two rows of teeth.
As exciting as the discovery of a new species is, many people don’t want spiders in their homes. Arachnids are simpler to prevent than to kill, and the following tips can help keep them out of your home:
Use yellow outdoor lights. Flying insects (spider food) are less attracted to yellow lights than white lights. By changing the bulbs, you encourage insects and spiders to hang out elsewhere.
Keep shrubs trimmed. By removing shrubs that are close to your home, or at least keeping them trimmed, you’ll discourage the formation of webs near your exterior walls.
Dust often. Regular house cleaning will get rid of webs in your house and make you an inhospitable host.
Seal the exterior of your home. Spiders can fit through cracks as small as a 1/16 inch. Use caulk to fill in cracks and holes on the exterior of your home so spiders can’t sneak inside.
When it comes to pest control, spiders can be some of the simplest pests to manage. If you find that your efforts don’t seem to work, call a Portland pest control service. The experts will inspect your home, remove any webs they find and check for an underlying problem that may be attracting the spiders to your dwelling.