Spiders invade Tulsa homes this summer: Where the creepy critters like to hide in the home
1:00 PM, Jul 12, 2013
11:02 PM, Jul 12, 2013
TULSA - They're creepy, crawly and hair-raising.
This summer spiders are out in full force across the Tulsa metro.
Pest control companies say they have stayed busy responding to calls from homeowners worried about the eight-legged creatures.
"We're getting probably 80 to 100 calls a day. It's very busy right now," said Grant Christensen of Midwest Pest Control.
Brooke Sturdivant is one of the concerned homeowners who called Christensen.
"Spiders terrify us. We are not a family that likes spiders. My husband especially is scared of them, " said Sturdivant. "We have a two and a half year old and a six month old and we don't want any bugs in the house around our girls."
Christensen said the problem can be traced to Oklahoma's mild winter.
"Because of that mild winter there were a lot of bugs out in the spring and then we had a lot of rain in April and May, so that kind of flushed a lot of bugs out,"said Christensen. "Now with this heat, it's just driving them out like crazy."
Christensen says spiders love hiding in kitchens, bathrooms, under sinks, in cabinets, garages - any place that is dark and near a water source.
Christensen also advises people to shake their clothes out before putting them on, especially their shoes.
According to the OSU Cooperative Extension Service, only two spiders -- the brown recluse (Fiddleback) and black widow -- are actually dangerous to people.
Other creepy critters, such as wolf spiders, tarantulas and jumping spiders, terrify people just by their look.
"These spiders may be formidable, scary or repulsive to some, but to most people their bite is less harmful than a bee sting," according to the OSU extension service.