What are spiders?
While many different spiders call our region home, each species with its unique appearance and behaviors, all spiders share a few characteristics. Spiders have eight legs, two body segments, and fangs; they also have venom and produce silk.
Spiders are predators and feed on insects and other spiders; therefore, these pests are most problematic on properties with large insect prey populations. Establishing pest-preventative measures around your home is helpful for keeping out spiders and their insect prey!
Are spiders dangerous?
The two spider species in our area considered dangerous are the brown recluse spider and the black widow spider.
The black widow has a red or orange hourglass shape on its abdomen, and you can identify the brown recluse spider by the dark violin shape on its back. Both spiders have venom powerful enough to affect a person's health. If bitten by either, you should seek medical care so your symptoms can be monitored and treated if necessary.
Why do I have a spider problem?
Since most spiders are shy and want to avoid contact with people, the question is, why do so many of them end up in our homes? Spiders aren't in your home because they want anything to do with you; they are in your home because it provides shelter and access to food. Many insects move into homes lured by food odors and food debris. Spiders then follow the insects into your home; it is a vicious cycle!
Where will I find spiders?
As their name suggests, house spiders are regularly found in our homes. These spiders are the ones responsible for those unsightly webs you see in the corners of rooms, around light fixtures, and on the ceilings.
Wolf spiders are large spiders that prefer to stay at ground level. When they find a way into our homes, these spiders hang out under furniture, at the bottoms of closets, and in areas of clutter in closets and other storage areas. You'll often see them scurrying along the edges of walls.
Black widow spiders and brown widow spiders tend to hide in similar areas inside our homes. They live in quiet places like crawl spaces, under stairwells, the backs of closets, and under furniture. Sometimes they also get under bedding and inside stored clothing.
How do I get rid of spiders?
The best way to handle a spider infestation is to reach out to a local professional for assistance. At Morton's Pest Control, our professionals know the spiders common to our region and how to keep them out of homes and prevent them from taking over outdoor spaces.
Don't let spiders be a part of your household for any longer than necessary; reach out to Morton's Pest Control today for help. We will provide you with high-quality spider control services and EPA-approved products to rid your property of spiders and keep them from returning, all the while keeping your family safe. Discover why we are the right choice for your Huntsville, AL home pest control and commercial pest control needs by giving us a call today!
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
To keep spiders from easily entering your home, removing as many entry points as possible is essential. Ensure that weatherstripping around windows and doors is intact, install door sweeps under exterior doors, and ensure that screens are secure. Furthermore, regularly inspect your home and repair any openings you discover; seal cracks and crevices in your foundation, and fix holes along the roofline.
Along with sealing your home's exterior, regularly vacuuming your home, dusting, and cleaning behind large pieces of furniture will help to dislodge hiding spiders and remove unsightly spider webs. It is also essential to address moisture issues that provide water sources for both insects and spiders.
Since spiders settle where there is an abundance of their insect prey, doing things like keeping lids on trash cans, removing standing water from your property, and maintaining your lawn will help discourage insect activity. The fewer insects on your property, the fewer spiders you will see!