Spider Identification & Prevention

What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids, and all have two body parts, chelicerae (fangs), and eight legs. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and color patterns. Spiders are beneficial pests that prey on garden pests and other nuisance insects. One of the most common species of spiders that we come into contact with is the house spider. Common house spiders vary in color but are usually yellowish-brown with white-colored abdomens. House spiders have distinctive dark chevron markings on their body and legs.

a spider crawling on a web inside of a home

Are spiders dangerous?

Although there are some species of dangerous spiders living in the United States, the spiders we generally come across daily are harmless. All spiders have venom, but most isn’t strong enough to cause health problems in people. Spiders are beneficial predators that help keep populations of garden and other nuisance insects under control.

Why do I have a spider problem?

The biggest reason spiders are living on your property is because they are finding insects to eat. Our gardens, lawns, trees, and shrubs provide expansive hunting grounds. While hunting, they find their way inside through cracks in the foundation and exterior walls. They also move indoors through holes along the roofline, spaces around doors, and torn window screens. Inside, house spiders and other spiders that build webs will build, and then abandon, nests throughout your home in an effort the catch their prey. They are mostly nocturnal and hide in dark crevices and corners, making them hard to find and eliminate.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders living outside create their webs or burrows in dark, secluded areas. Trees, shrubbery, woodpiles, and rock crevices make suitable hiding spots for spiders. Web buildings spiders will also place their webs under decks, in doorways, and along the roofline. Those that find their way indoors while following their prey choose areas that mimic their outdoor environment. Basements, attics, closets, and crawlspaces often house spiders, but you’ll also find them under furniture, in bedding, and behind curtains.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Eliminating spiders is a difficult task and a job that is best left up to trained and experienced professionals. For home and business owners looking to eliminate spiders, Hawx Pest Control offers comprehensive pest control services. Our industry-leading services use the latest techniques and best products to provide our customers with peace of mind and pest-free properties. To learn more about our home pest control or commercial pest control services, please reach out to Hawx Pest Control today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

In addition to our professional services, the following prevention tips will help you to keep spiders out of your home:

  • Seal up cracks and crevices found in your foundation, exterior walls, and spaces around air conditioners.

  • Make sure storage areas in your home are neat, organized, and free of clutter.

  • Repair or replace torn screens, as well as holes along the roofline.

  • Keep outbuilding windows and doors closed.

  • Caulk any gaps around windows and doors and install weatherstripping.

  • Regularly remove spider webs from your home; they will eventually become annoyed and move on.

  • Remove debris from your property that attracts spiders – woodpiles, rock piles, leaf piles, and fallen trees.

 

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