What are spiders?

Spiders are easy for most to identify; they are arachnids and have two body parts, eight legs, and many eyes. Ranging in size from tiny to big, every species of spider has their own unique looks and behaviors. All spiders produce silk, but not all spiders make webs with the silk. Non-web building spiders create burrows in the ground where they hide and stalk their prey. Another difference between spiders is that some use webs to passively catch prey, while others actively chase after and hunt down prey.

Spiders are predators, which means they hunt and feed on other living things. Insects are a spider’s primary source of nutrition. A spider’s feeding habits are essential to the environment, helping reduce the number of nuisance, damaging, and dangerous insects living around us. Without spiders, crops would be damaged, mosquito populations would be even larger, and flies would run rampant.

a spider crawling on skin

Some of the most familiar spiders that visit our Virginia properties include:

  • Black widow spiders
  • Brown recluse spiders
  • Harvestmen spiders
  • Jumping spiders
  • Orb-weaver spiders
  • Wolf spiders

Are spiders dangerous?

In general, spiders are not aggressive. They do not seek people out to bite; when a bite occurs, it is typically accidental. Spiders live and rest in dark, hard to navigate areas, so a bite often happens when someone places their hand on something a spider is resting on, or they feel threatened and react by biting.

The majority of spiders in our area and across the country are harmless; if a bite were to occur, there might be some localized pain or swelling, but not much more. Two spiders we always need to take care around and avoid contact with are black widow spiders and brown widow spiders. All spiders have venom that they use to paralyze their prey. The venom of black widow and brown widow spiders is unfortunately potent enough to cause serious health problems in people if a bite were to occur.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders generally are in homes and other structures for two reasons. The first reason is they need a sheltered area to lay their eggs. The second reason is they followed their prey inside. Spiders don’t migrate indoors to escape cold temperatures, but they do move inside when following insects. When food sources outside become scarce, spiders adapt and move inside where there are overwintering insects to feed on.

Typically, spiders aren’t a significant issue for people when living outside, but when they decide to live in large populations near or in our homes, they become unwelcome, and we need to stop them from taking over our property.

Where will I find spiders?

Most spiders live outside in areas with a lot of insect activity. Wooded areas, meadows, fields, and areas around ponds, lakes, and rivers are home to many spiders. Our yards also make great places for spiders to call home; gardens, tall grass, landscaping, woodpiles, play structures, and spaces under decks are great places for spiders to burrow or build their webs.

If spiders have moved inside your home following prey, they move to dark, secluded areas to take cover and have easy access to hiding insects. Closets, cabinets, basements, attics, corners of rooms and windows, and areas under furniture are where we often find spiders.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Keep spiders out of your home with the help of the professionals at National Exterminating Company. With over 44 years in the pest control industry, you can trust us to solve the pest problems in your home or business. Through quality services, exceptional customer service, and attention to detail, we will stop spiders from taking over your Tidewater, Hampton Roads, or Southside Virginia property.

Using low-impact, environmentally friendly products, we provide our customers with a trustworthy, long-term pest control solution. Reach out to us today to schedule your free inspection and consultation!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Don’t allow spiders to take over your home or yard; with our professional services and the following tips, you can reduce spider populations on your property:

  • Remove things like woodpiles, brush piles, and overgrown landscaping plants where spiders can build webs or burrow under.
  • Keep lids on trash containers and compost bins that attract insects to your property. Store them away from the outside of your home.
  • Turn off outdoor lights to prevent attracting insects to your home.
  • Keep spiders and other insects out of your house by sealing spaces in the foundation and exterior walls, placing caps on chimneys, installing covers of vents, and sealing spaces around utilities entering inside.
  • Decrease clutter in your home to provide spiders with fewer places to hide.
  • Insects and spiders often gravitate to areas of moisture. Repair leaky pipes, ventilate your crawlspace, and use dehumidifiers.

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