Spider Identification Guide

What are spiders?

Spiders are predators and live in dense populations all around us. Their large presence outside and feeding habits allow them to help control populations of nuisance insects, making them very eco-important. However, when spiders take over our yard or home, they become annoying, unwanted, and sometimes dangerous, pests.

a black widow spider in its web

Spiders have two body parts and eight legs compared to insects with three body parts and six legs. Spiders produce silk, but not all spiders use the silk to build webs, instead of buildings webs some species burrow. Those that build webs use them either to catch prey or as a place to rest.

Examples of spiders living in our area include:

  • Wolf spiders
  • Brown recluse spiders
  • Black widow spiders
  • Cellar spiders
  • Jumping spiders

Are spiders dangerous?

Only those spiders that produce venom strong enough to cause health problems in people are considered dangerous. There are only a few species of dangerous spiders in the United States that people need to worry about. Both brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders have potent venom, and you should always avoid contact with them.

Most yard and home-invading species of spiders are harmless. Even if a bite was to occur, their venom is not strong enough to elicit a reaction. By nature, spiders are shy and reclusive. Bites from spiders typically only happen after you encounter them accidentally doing things like gardening, digging through storage boxes, or organizing closets.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders live outside all around us, you probably pass hundreds of spiders a day and never even realize it. Spiders will thrive in any outdoor space that provides them with secluded shelter and plenty of insects to feed on. Unfortunately, our yards often provide spiders with everything they need – food, water, and shelter.

If you see a lot of spiders inside your home, it is because it offers them ample hiding spots, safe areas to lay eggs, and many other insects to eat. That’s right; if spiders have moved into your house, it may be an indicator of a more significant pest problem. If you see spiders in your home, it is best to contact a professional to implement a long-term solution that will eliminate spiders and the insects they feed on!

Where will I find spiders?

There are many places that you will find spiders hiding outside in your yard. They most often hide in areas of dense vegetation and other sheltered areas. In our yards, shrubs, bushes, trees, garden areas, woodpiles, areas under decks or steps, and spaces behind siding or window shutters places where spiders hide.

Our homes also provide spiders with a lot of places to hide. Spiders hide in our homes under furniture, within clutter, in storage boxes, in the corners of rooms, in clothing, in cracks in walls, and around window sills. 

How do I get rid of spiders?

Alder Pest Control will help you to get rid of spiders from your Arkansas property. We will work closely with you not only to meet your pest control needs but to exceed them. We provide the comprehensive services necessary to eradicate pests and prevent them from returning.

If you are ready to get rid of pests from your home or business, our professionals are happy to help! We will work with you to put the services in place needed to maintain a pest-free property. For more information about our spider control services, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

The easiest way to protect your property from spiders is to partner with Alder Pest Control. You can also use the following prevention tips to help keep spiders from invading your property in the first place:

  • Vacuum your home often, paying attention to areas under furniture, along baseboards, the corners of rooms and closets, and other dark areas where spiders hide.
  • Remove webs from your home as soon as they pop-up.
  • Help to keep spiders out of your house by sealing cracks in exterior walls, the foundation, and repairing damaged screens.
  • Place covers over chimney openings and vents.
  • Store woodpiles away from the outside of your home.
  • Cut back shrubs, bushes, and tree branches away from the exterior walls and roofline of your home.
  • Keep the grass cut short and maintain gardens.

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