Spiders are feared by many people, and on occasion, that phobia can be justified. If you live in a region where you can encounter the wrong spider—such as a black widow or a brown recluse—a painful bite or visit to the hospital is a distinct possibility.
In the vast majority of cases, though, a spider is not only a harmless creature but usually helpful. Before killing a spider in the garage, it might be worth looking at its web and counting the number of trapped houseflies found there. Most spiders spend their lives trapping and eating insects, and every bug consumed is one you won’t have to swat or spray. Spiders are especially beloved by many gardeners since they are carnivores that feast on many insects harmful to garden plants.
Still, a cobweb dangling in your face or a spider crawling up through the bathtub drain is nobody’s idea of fun, so it’s understandable if you want to get rid of spiders when they appear inside the home.
Many different kinds of spiders live in and around dwellings. Some, such as the cellar spider, construct webs to help entrap their prey. Others, like the wolf spider, are free-roaming and make no webs. Most spiders are harmless and in fact beneficial because they prey upon flies and other pests. The majority of spiders have fangs too small or weak to puncture human skin. Those that are capable of biting humans generally will not do so, unless they themselves are harmed or threatened.
How To Identify Spiders
Spiders are arachnids, with eight legs rather than the six found in insect species, and two main body parts vs. the three parts common to all insects. And virtually all spiders are carnivores, with fangs to kill prey.
Smaller spiders’ average length is 4-8mm. Males are smaller than females. Unlike insects, spiders only have 2 distinct body sections, the Cephalothorax, which is the head and thorax combined; it features fangs, pedipalps, multiple eyes and legs, and the abdomen which contains the spinnerets at the rear, which are sophisticated glands that spin the silken webs.
Most species prefer to live outdoors and feast on insects. Generally, spiders indoors are males hunting for females. Sometimes, spiders come inside for warmth if the temperature drops outside. Most spiders are harmless and play an important role in controlling the insect population. Spiders emit silk, ejecting a liquid that turns to silk when it meets the air.
Autumn is breeding season. Female spiders plump up to attract a male. The spider’s mating ritual is complex. Males must avoid getting eaten by the female and start by creating a web to lay sperm. They pick up the sperm in the pedipalps by the mouth and inseminate the female. Some males dazzle the female to stop her from reacting aggressively.
Spiders use venom to paralyze their prey and eat at leisure. Some species’ venom is deadly.
How To Prevent Spider Infestation
Spiders don’t bite people often, and most spiders in the United States — with a few notable exceptions — aren’t harmful at all. In fact, spiders are almost always your friends, if you consider their penchant for eating flies, mosquitoes, roaches, beetles, and other nasty or irritating bugs. Some spiders like damp, dark corners and lurk in crawlspaces with excess moisture and humidity. Others prefer dry environments, and web-building spiders like safe, undisturbed areas where their webs are less likely to be destroyed. Keeping them out requires regular cleaning.
One of the simplest ways to prevent a spider infestation is by cleaning your house and property. Sweep down webs with a broom, clean the ceilings and eliminate mold and mildew as you encounter them. Vacuum, sweep and dust, and remove clutter in your house to prevent spider-friendly hiding spots. Outdoors, clean under eaves, keep the grass mowed, tidy up, and take efforts to keep the outside an inhospitable environment for both the spiders and the insects they eat.
Next, make sure to seal any cracks or holes found on the exterior of your home. Look for openings near your vents, pipes, windows, and doors. Use caulk in these small openings and cracks. Use a latex-based caulk so that you can paint over it to match the exterior of your home.
Once you’ve filled any access points, move debris away from your home. Spiders love to hide in piles of leaves, grass clippings, or woodpiles. These items serve as an invitation to pests to move into your warm, dry home.
Use pesticides inside and outside your home to kill and prevent spider infestations. For pesticides to be effective, the spider needs to come in direct contact with them. This is why you should spray pesticides in cracks or crevices where they may live. Small areas will force the spider to interact with the pesticide, leading to their death.
There is no clear answer for the best pesticides for spiders. Some people opt for powerful chemical pesticides to immediately stop the problem. Other people prefer natural pesticides that aren’t harmful to pets or children.
You can also use spider traps. Glue or sticky traps work by capturing the spider and not letting go. The great thing about these is that they capture all bugs that come across them, not only spiders. Having other bugs trapped will help attract more spiders to the trap. Place the spider traps in a dark, quiet place and wait for the results. By monitoring the results, you’ll figure out where in your house the spiders prefer.
However, if you want to make sure that you control the spiders around your house and prevent an infestation, you might want to consider hiring a professional pest control specialist.
What SIA Wildlife Can Help You With
SIA Wildlife promises to provide you with the highest quality spider treatment to ensure every spider is removed from your property.
Hiring a spider exterminator doesn’t have to mean harsh and dangerous chemicals. Our spider extermination methods are environmentally safe. Rest assured that SIA Wildlife Pest Control has your health and wellbeing in mind. We are continually researching new effective methods for safe spider extermination.
Before treating your property, our pest control experts will perform a thorough inspection to identify problem areas. We promise to remove every spider so you can enjoy your home in peace again. Homeowners are encouraged to contact us if they continue to have issues following treatment.
Getting rid of spiders is just the beginning. Without an effective spider pest management program, there is a good chance the spider problem will return. We will work with you to assess the spider problem and develop an effective spider pest management program to keep spiders away.
Finally, we understand the need for safety in pest management. There are many home remedies to safely control spiders. Some spider control methods are more effective than others. When the spider control methods you have been using cease to be effective, or if you just need a little boost to completely eliminate nuisance spiders, call the experts at SIA Wildlife Control. We have safe spider control methods that work.
We’ll revisit the home for follow-up treatment if you find any more spiders on your property.
Rest assured that your eight-legged nightmares are over with us helping you out!