More likely than not, you have come across spiders in your Centerton home. And while most spiders are harmless to humans, some are quite venomous. And most spiders build messy webs around homes. That is why you should know some spider prevention techniques. That way you can enjoy your home without worrying about spiders.
Identifying Common Area Spiders
Did you know there around 35,000 species of spiders in the world? Luckily, here in Centerton, we only have to worry about five. They are wolf spiders, brown recluse spiders, black widow spiders, cellar spiders, and jumping spiders.
- Wolf Spiders are hairy dark brown spiders with lighter markings that grow to be between ¼ to 1 3/8th of an inch long. Wolf spiders do not build webs but instead hide in holes where they wait for passing prey.
- Brown Recluses are most easily recognized by the dark brown violin shape on their otherwise brown bodies. They grow to be about 5/8th of an inch long. Brown recluses have potent venom that they use to kill prey, but will also use in defense.
- Black Widows are considered to be the most dangerous spiders in the United States. They have black bodies that are characterized by the red hourglass shape that features on the abdomens of the females. While their bites are usually not too serious, they can be fatal, so treat all black widow bites as an emergency.
- Cellar Spiders have yellow to brown bodies that grow to be ¼ to 3/8th of an inch long. These spiders like to build their webs in areas with high humidity and moisture which oftentimes is a cellar, hence the name.
- Jumping Spiders are usually black in color and grow to be 1/8th to ¾ of an inch long. Their name derives from the way they jump to catch prey. Often mistaken for black widows due to their size and color, these spiders do not have bites that should cause alarm, though they will bite if threatened.
Regardless of the spider, you don’t want any of these making their home inside of yours.
Are Spiders Dangerous?
As previously stated, spiders such as black widows and brown recluses do possess potent venom. Usually, if they bite, they will not release enough venom to kill people, however, in some instances, they do prove to be fatal which is why bites from these spiders need to be treated with urgency.
Most spiders are not dangerous to humans. They will usually bite if they are handled or threatened, however. Regardless of whether or not a spider is venomous, you do not want any of them in your home.
Spider Prevention Techniques
Spiders will usually enter homes because there are other pests in the house for them to feed upon. Therefore, spider prevention is based on basic pest prevention. This includes:
- Store food in tightly-sealed containers.
- Wipe up spills and crumbs from countertops immediately.
- Take out the trash regularly.
- Store trash in tightly-sealed trash bins.
- Fix leaky pipes and fixtures.
- Clear away clutter in basements, attics, and crawl spaces.
- Wipe away webs when you find them.
- Seal cracks in the foundation of your home.
- Install door sweeps in exterior doors.
- Install window and door screens.
- Use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture in your house.
If you can accomplish these, you should be able to greatly reduce the spider populations in your home.
How To Eliminate Spider Infestations
If you have a spider infestation or have questions about spider prevention, give the professionals here at Alder Pest Control a call today. Not only will we eliminate any infestations with which you are currently dealing, but we will also work with you to take the proper steps to prevent future infestations. Don’t let spiders take over your home, give us a call today.