Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders have eight legs and are an arachnid rather than an insect. Spiders can be separated into broad categories as; burrowers, web spinners, active hunters or sit and wait ambushers.  Black widow spider, brown recluse spider, cellar spider, funnel weaver spiderjumping spider, orb spider and wolf spider are all common spider species found in North Carolina and Virginia.

Unlike termites or ants, spiders do not destroy structures.  Unlike cockroaches they do not eat our food or create allergens.  Unlike rats they don’t spread diseases.  The black widow and the brown recluse do have a toxic venom which will cause a painful bite.

There are over 40,000 species worldwide with around three times that of  which are unidentified.  They are a nuisance pest but also beneficial because they eat other insects.  When the cross over to our homes or place of work they can cause a great deal of unease of discomfort.

 

Why do I have spiders?

Spiders move into our homes and places of work when their outside conditions change such as the temperature may drop.  Spiders will move to areas that are dark and secluded like crawlspaces, garages or other areas where they will have a steady access to food.

 

Getting rid of spiders

Black widow spider picture - get rid of spidersSpiders will only enter your home if they find a way to do so.  Once in they will set up a new home in search of new prey.  It may be difficult to control spiders in your home but at Four Seasons and HomeTown we cover spiders during our routine maintenance treatments.

 

What can I do in the future to prevent spiders

Spiders are very smart and will find a way in your home if they can.  Preventing their entry by the following will help;

  • Caulk cracks around the outside of the home or building.
  • Ensure doors and windows are fitted with screening.
  • Use a dehumidifier in basements and crawlspaces which will lower the humidity in order to discourage spider habitat.
  • Use yellow lighting outside which may reduce spiders outside, as well as other insects.
  • When moving items which have been stored for a long period of time, wear gloves in case there are black widow spiders present.
  • Shake out shoes before wearing, to check for spiders.  As well as shake out clothes which have been stored in a hamper ready for washing.
  • For any seasonal clothes, store them in sealed plastic containers.
  • If you can visibly see a spider web, then use caution before putting your hands or feet there.

 

Can I get rid of spiders myself?

Spiders are elusive.  If you have spiders such as black widow spider or the brown recluse spider then we recommend using a professional expert like Four Seasons or HomeTown Pest Control.  These spiders bite, resulting in a visit to the emergency room if handled inappropriately.

 

Fast, effective spider removal

Getting rid of spiders can be a tricky job, especially if you don’t like dealing with them, or if you have something more serious like black widow spiders or brown recluse spiders.  At Four Seasons and HomeTown Pest Control we understand pests and we also understand our customers.  Unlike other pest control companies out there, we do not charge additional for their removal.  Spiders are covered under our common pests as part of our maintenance treatments.

By using a professional pest control company like ourselves we deal with your pest control problems quickly, before they arise, eliminating them from your home or building.  Additionally you don’t have to worry about the dangers of dealing with black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders or other pest infestations.  Contact us to find out more information.