Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders are common household pests that feed on other insects to survive.  Over 3,000 species of spiders can be found in the United States today. Each of these species possesses some of the same characteristics, including multiple eyes, eight legs, and a segmented body that may or may not be covered in bristles.

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The following four spider species are arguably the most common arachnid invaders in homes or businesses around our area.

  • Black Widow Spiders are jet black and round-shaped spiders measuring between 1 ½ to 1 3/8 inches long. Aptly named due to their cannibalistic tendency after mating, the black widow is considered to be one of the most dangerous arachnid species in the world. These spiders are best identified by the bright red hourglass symbol located on the underside of their thorax.

  • House Spiders are fairly benign arachnids that may grow to 3/16 or 5/16 of an inch at maturity. These spiders are typically found in corners or other small areas of the home that are quiet and undisturbed. House spiders may appear in any number of color patterns, but their long rear legs are often a helpful giveaway.

  • Wolf Spiders are some of the largest household arachnids in America. They are dark brown with yellow stripes or patterns and fall somewhere between 3/8 and 1 3/8 of an inch in size. Female wolf spiders are usually much larger than their male counterparts. Their thick layer of bristles makes them appear almost wolf-like while in your home.

  • Banana Spiders are a newer arrival to the pest control scene and are often found in warmer states. These red and yellow striped arachnids are brightly colored. They typically grow to about 2 inches in size. You can identify these spiders by their bright yellow thoraxes and abdomens that glitter in the sunlight.

Are spiders dangerous?

All spider species possess some form of venom, and all of them have fangs capable of eating unlucky prey. However, most spiders do not have the ability to pierce human flesh. The vast majority of spiders are particularly shy and often avoid humans at all costs. 

Two spider species, in particular, are dangerous to human health: the black widow spider and the brown recluse. Here in Virginia Beach, black widow spiders can and will send victims to the hospital due to powerful injections of their neurotoxin.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders follow their pest prey species as nomads and choose to live in areas where they can easily hunt. A high amount of spider activity around your property could be an indication of severe pest infestations inside or outside the home.

Where will I find spiders?

Most spiders can be found in dark, private, undisturbed locations of the property. Black widow spiders often hide inside children’s playground equipment and underneath toys and tools. Wolf spiders do not build webs and live within clutter or neglected areas of the house. House spiders take advantage of almost any corner to build a web. Finally, banana spiders build their enormous webs almost exclusively around porches, decks, and outdoor spaces.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Spiders are an indication of a larger pest problem. They typically infest your home because they found a viable food source. Therefore, to decrease spider activity, you have to identify other pest problems. Fortunately, the crew at Mosquito Elite Pest Control can help. Our recurring pest control plans will eliminate a variety of common area pests to leave your home free of spiders and the insects they eat. Reach out to us today.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

To halt the migration of spiders, you must focus on general pest prevention. This includes the following:

  • Keep the lawn well maintained and pruned. 

  • Reduce moisture around your home by ensuring that water is draining properly away from the structure. 

  • Eliminate moisture inside the home by repairing leaks and installing dehumidifiers where needed. 

  • Inspect the exterior of the home for possible entry points. Seal cracks and gaps. 

  • Install weatherproofing to doors and windows. 

  • Clean surfaces regularly.  

  • Schedule recurring pest control plans to keep your home free of spiders and unwanted pests all year long.

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