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Spider Identification & Prevention

What are spiders?

Spiders are regular visitors to our yards and gardens, where they are typically harmless. Unfortunately, they are also one of the most common household pests homeowners must deal with regularly. 

Most people identify spiders by their eight legs. Spiders are arachnids and related to other creatures like ticks, mites, and scorpions. Spiders belong to a diverse group and range in size from tiny to large, come in various colors and shapes, and have preferred habitats. A few things that all spiders have in common (besides their eight legs) include a lack of wings and antennae, being carnivores, and though not all create webs, they all produce silk.

Are spiders dangerous?

The majority of spiders are harmless and have the important purpose of controlling insect populations. They tend to be a friend to farmers and gardeners alike, but when they take over our yards or move into our homes, you should take measures to control and eliminate them. 

Spiders that are dangerous to people and cause us the most concern have venom strong enough to affect a person's health. Two of the most well-known dangerous spiders living in the United States are the black widow and brown recluse.

Why do I have a spider problem?

If spiders have found their way into your home, you can expect to see them in a variety of places. Some like the large wolf spider are poor climbers and are usually discovered at ground level, like in the bottoms of closets, behind baseboards, or under furniture. The house spider is an adept climber, and you'll find them and their webs in the corners of walls, windows sills, and on ceilings. All spiders like to choose dark, quiet areas to hang out in because of their reclusive nature. 

Outside, spiders live anywhere that provides them with shelter and easy access to their prey. As you move about your yard, you cross paths with many more spiders than you actually notice. Trees, landscaping plants, outdoor furniture, play structures, and areas around trash cans are known as spider hangouts.

Where are spiders commonly found?

If spiders have found their way into your home, you can expect to see them in a variety of places. Some like the large wolf spider are poor climbers and are usually discovered at ground level, like in the bottoms of closets, behind baseboards, or under furniture. The house spider is an adept climber, and you'll find them and their webs in the corners of walls, windows sills, and on ceilings. All spiders like to choose dark, quiet areas to hang out in because of their reclusive nature. 

Outside, spiders live anywhere that provides them with shelter and easy access to their prey. As you move about your yard, you cross paths with many more spiders than you actually notice. Trees, landscaping plants, outdoor furniture, play structures, and areas around trash cans are known as spider hangouts.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Solve your property's spider problems with the help of the professionals at Anthem Pest Control. Our passion is helping people be comfortable by providing the services necessary to reduce spider numbers in their yards and eliminate them from homes. Servicing Greater Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Greenville, we offer spider control services that home and business owners can count on! Get started today by giving us a call and requesting a free quote!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Controlling spider numbers is best done with the help of an experienced professional. In addition to the spider control services at Anthem Pest Control, the following tips will help you make your property less attractive to spiders.

  • Spiders love to retreat to the branches and leaves of shrubs and bushes; cut shrubs, bushes, and other landscaping back away from your home's exterior.
  • Seal gaps around windows and doors that you discover through regular inspections of your home with weatherstripping or another appropriate material.
  • Repair cracks in exterior walls and the foundation of your home.
  • Place mesh covers over vents and drains leading into your house.
  • When you see their webs around your home or yard, brush them away to irritate the spiders and make them want to move elsewhere.
  • Reduce standing water around your property that spiders can utilize.
  • Keep your house and yard free of as much clutter as possible. The sooner you realize you have a spider issue, the faster you can resolve it.