a spider in a web

What are spiders?

The spider is a type of arachnid. A spider’s appearance will vary by species. Still, they share several physical characteristics, including two body segments, eight legs, many eyes, hollow fangs, and a lack of wings and antennae. Two of the more common species of spiders living in our region that regularly visit our properties are house spiders and wolf spiders.

The wolf spider is a large species. They have eight powerful legs that enable them to run after and hunt down their quick-moving prey. The body and legs are covered in hair and are usually dark brown with lighter markings or stripes.

a brown spider

House spiders have an elongated abdomen and they are usually a yellowish-brown color. Many will have darker stripes on their body and legs that meet at an angle. They are the most common type of spider found in living inside structures with people.

Spiders are predators that feed on other living things like flies, aphids, and insects. Their feeding habits play an essential part in our ecosystem.

All spiders produce silk, but only some spiders build webs. Like wolf spiders, some spiders actively hunt and chase down their prey, while others, like house spiders, build webs to catch their prey.

Are spiders dangerous?

There are many species of spiders living in our region that can find their way into your home. Most, like wolf spiders and house spiders, are relatively harmless. While spiders can bite people, bites are rare, and the venom most spiders possess isn’t strong enough to cause concern. In general, spider bites only occur after we make contact with them accidentally and the shy spider feel the need to defend itself. 

When spiders live outside in reasonable numbers, they are extremely helpful, but when they take over our yards and move into our homes, they become unwelcome pests.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders become a problem inside homes after they follow their prey inside. Both spiders and insects will take advantage of the smallest openings in your home’s exterior to enter through. 

Properties with lots of insect activity are most prone to spider activity since, like all other living things, spiders prefer to be where there is easy access to food. 

The presence of spiders in large numbers in gardens, yards, and houses is a sign that there is an overall insect problem on your property that you need to address. Controlling insects and spiders on your property are things that go hand in hand!

Where will I find spiders?

There are many places where spiders will hide, build their webs, or burrow. Typically they choose areas where there are plenty of insects for them to hunt. Listed below are typical spots where people often come eye to eye with spiders.

  • Indoor lights and outdoor light fixtures

  • Trash cans and recycling bins

  • Gardens and compost piles

  • Shrubs, bushes, trees

  • The corners of rooms and window sills

  • Doorways

  • Attics and closets

  • The tops of cabinets

How do I get rid of spiders?

Rid your property of unwanted, nuisance spiders with the help of the local professionals at Destroy Pest Control! For over 15 years, we have been committed to developing pest control solutions that rely on Integrated Pest Management principles and utilize eco-friendly products. Our long-term pest strategies help to ensure that when we eliminate pests; they won’t return! If you are looking for reliable, trustworthy pest control services in the D.C., Maryland, or Virginia area, reach out to Destroy Pest Control today and learn more about our home pest control or commercial pest control options!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Being proactive and partnering with Destroy Pest Control is the best way to avoid spiders and other pests. When combined with our pest control services, the following prevention tips will help make your property a place that spiders won’t want to be!

  • Cut back shrubs, grass, and weeds from your foundation where spiders can hide.

  • Remove leaf piles, grass piles, excess woodpiles, and other debris from your yard where spiders can hide or build their webs. 

  • Maintain gardens areas to reduce both insect and spider activity.

  • Store trash cans away from the outside perimeter of your home and keep lids on the containers to keep out the insects that spiders hunt.

  • Repair torn screens in windows and doors. 

  • Replace white outdoor lights with yellow or LED lights that less attractive to insects. 

  • Inspect and seal any spaces you discover in your home’s exterior and around windows and doors that will allow spiders to move indoors.

  • Regularly vacuum and dust your home to remove unwanted spiders and their webs.

 

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