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What are spiders?

Spiders are recognizable arachnids that many individuals hate encountering due to their appearance. All types of spiders have eight legs, fangs, and six to eight eyes, though patterns, colors, and the size of spiders range greatly. Many different kinds of spiders may make their way through human structures at some point, and most of them are fairly harmless. However, black widow spiders do live in our area and should be treated with caution.

Black widow spiders are small, bulbous, and shiny black in color. Females have a distinct red hourglass shape on their abdomen, and they tend to make messy webs close to the ground or around woodpiles. It’s important to treat black widow spiders with caution

Black widow spider on a her web

Are spiders dangerous?

Though most common household spiders are more afraid of humans than you might be of them, all spiders have the ability to bite, but not all spiders are strong enough to break the skin or have venom powerful enough to cause problems. The majority of spider bites result in itchy or slightly painful red welts. Some spiders, like the black widow spider, are considered more dangerous, and their bites may transmit a serious amount of venom.

Symptoms of a black widow spider bite include pain, swelling, redness, cramping, nausea, dizziness, sweating, and vomiting. Children, the elderly, and those with preexisting conditions are the most at risk from black widow bites, but they can negatively affect all individuals and should be met with immediate medical attention.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are attracted to properties that have plenty of food, water, and easy nesting spots for them to access. Pest prey infestations, cluttered indoor and outdoor areas, excess moisture, and humid conditions on your property all encourage spiders to move in.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders are commonly found outdoors, hiding in wood piles, behind plant pots, under the eaves of decks and patios, or near other dark, quiet, and secluded spaces. If they move inside, you may find spiders in storage spaces, basements, garages, attics, and cabinets or closets. Generally, they seek out areas that have ready access to food sources and are unlikely to be disturbed by people. 

How do I get rid of spiders?

One of the best ways to get rid of spiders is to reach out to Explorer Pest Management for professional spider control services. Our team will inspect your property to find the source of your spider problem and provide you with effective solutions that reliably remove all traces of these eight-legged pests from your property.

Contact us now to request a free consultation.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Get rid of spiders naturally with our expert prevention tips below:

  • Address spider pest prey infestations of insects like cockroaches and ants with the assistance of Explorer Pest Management to remove spider food sources.
  • Fix moisture issues and leaks that contribute to humid conditions around your property.
  • Clear outdoor areas of debris piles, cut back long grasses and overgrown foliage and store wood piles in elevated areas to reduce and remove spider hiding spots.
  • Seal cracks around windows and doors, install weatherstripping, and utilize sturdy window and door screens to keep spiders out of interior spaces.
  • Dust, declutter, and vacuum interior areas often to remove any spider webs and discourage spiders from settling around interior spaces.

If you need more advice regarding spider prevention, assistance with preventative home pest control solutions, or you suspect a growing infestation of spiders is invading your property, don’t hesitate to reach out to Explorer Pest Management.

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