Your Guide To Spider Control & Prevention

What are spiders?

All spiders have two body parts - a fused head and thorax, and an abdomen. Spiders are arachnids - they all have between six and eight eyes, eight legs, no wings, and no antennae. Spiders do not have chewing mouthparts. Instead, they use digestive enzymes in their saliva to break down their food before eating it. Spiders come in a wide range of colors, color patterns, and sizes. Some are covered in hair and some are not. Spiders are a predatory species that play an important role in the ecosystem by helping to keep populations of nuisance insects under control.

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Are spiders dangerous?

Spiders are mainly considered nuisance pests. Most common, house-invading spiders pose no real health threats to people. House spiders are shy, reclusive, and rarely bite people. If you are ever bitten by a common house spider, know that their venom is not strong enough to cause any significant health problems. It is also important to note that some species of spiders living in the United States are considered dangerous. Dangerous spiders possess venom that is strong enough to cause major health risks in people.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Most species of spiders prefer to live outside on properties that offer them plentiful food sources and secluded shelter. They tend to become more of an issue for homeowners in the winter because many insects overwinter indoors. It is also common for spiders to move indoors if the weather outside becomes too hot, dry, or wet for them to live healthily. Spiders feed on a variety of insects and other spiders. Spiders like to hide out and create their webs inside heavy vegetation, piles of debris, and dark, secluded areas.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders usually nest and hide out in dark, quiet, out-of-the-way places. Outside, they make their webs or burrows in tall grass, inside bushes and shrubs, between rocks, underneath decks and porches, in gardens and woodpiles, under roof eaves, and in the corners of doorways.

Spiders often find their way inside following their food or if the weather outside becomes too harsh for them to live comfortably. Spiders are common invaders of homes, garages, sheds, barns, and other outbuildings. They hide out in dark, quiet areas like basements, closets, attics, crawlspaces, and under furniture.

How do I get rid of spiders?

The easiest way to control and prevent spiders infestations is with the help of the Philadelphia spider control experts. At Resolution Pest, our board-trained, state-certified exterminators deliver the exceptional pest control services needed to rid your home and property of spiders. Resolution Pest is committed to using environmentally safe, ethical treatments to solve your spider problem and prevent their return. To learn more about implementing a residential or commercial pest control service in your Bucks, Chester, Delaware, or Montgomery County-area home or business, call Resolution Pest!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

In addition to our professional services in the Philadelphia metro area, the following tips can help to prevent problems with spiders:

  • Inside, reduce secluded hiding spots by keeping areas free of clutter and debris.

  • Caulk cracks and crevices in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Place weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Make sure all screens are intact.

  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.

  • Keep shrubs and bushes trimmed away from the exterior of your home.

  • Locate gardens and wood piles a distance away from the outside of your home.

  • Repair clogged gutters and leaky fixtures that can provide spiders with a water source.

 

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