A Guide To Spider Identification & Control

What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids and are closely related to mites, ticks, and scorpions. All spiders have two body regions (cephalothorax and abdomen), eight legs, no wings or antennae, and fangs (chelicerae) that they use to inject their venom. The size and color of a spider depends on its species. Some spiders may have chevron, mottled, or striped markings. Spiders are predatory - they play a significant role in the ecosystem by helping to reduce populations of nuisance insects.

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Two common species of spiders living in our North Carolina and Virginia service area include house spiders and wolf spiders:

House spiders
House spiders are the most common species of spider found living inside homes and other structures. These spiders range in size from 3/16th to 5/16th of an inch in length. Their exact color can vary greatly but they are typically yellowish-brown with distinctive dark chevron markings on their bodies and legs.

Wolf spiders
Wolf spiders received their name because they do not hunt with webs. Instead, they chase down their prey using their strong, long legs. Wolf spiders are dark brown in color with paler or yellowish markings. Their robust bodies and legs are covered in hair. Wolf spiders have great eyesight.

Are spiders dangerous?

Spiders are naturally reclusive and rarely bite people. Most species of spiders living across the United States are not dangerous and are simply a nuisance to deal with. Two types of nuisance spiders are house spiders and wolf spiders. Their venom is not strong enough to cause health problems in most people. There are species of dangerous spiders living in the United States. If spiders are living on your property, it is important to contact a professional to accurately identify the species and to safely eliminate them.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders live outside on properties that provide food, water, and secluded shelter. Almost any yard or outdoor space can become a home to spiders. Spiders typically become problematic inside homes after following food sources (insects) inside. They tend to become more of an issue for homeowners in the winter because many insects overwinter indoors. It is also common for spiders to move indoors if the weather outside becomes too hot, dry, or wet for them to live comfortably.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders create their webs or burrows (wolf spiders) in a variety of outdoor locations, such as in gardens, rock piles, wood piles, underneath debris, in shrubs and bushes, or in holes in the ground. Indoor hiding spots include closets, basements, attics, wall voids, under furniture, in storage boxes, or under bedding.

How do I get rid of spiders?

To eliminate spiders from your residential or commercial property, investing in professional pest control is highly recommended. When you partner with us at Four Seasons | HomeTown Pest Control, our experienced and friendly professionals will provide the tailored, comprehensive services needed to eliminate your property’s initial infestation. We then have the ability to provide ongoing preventative treatments to stop spiders and other household pests from returning.

To learn more about ridding your Outer Banks, NC or Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, or Norfolk, VA area property of spiders, give Four Seasons | HomeTown a call!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

To help you stop spiders from taking over your home or commercial property we offer the following prevention tips:

  • Seal gaps or other openings in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Repair water leaks both inside and outside your home.

  • Keep grass cut short on front and back lawns.

  • Put weather stripping around exterior windows and doors.

  • Trim tree branches, shrubs, and bushes away from the exterior of your home.

  • Place woodpiles and garden areas a distance away from the exterior of your home.

  • Put into place a professional pest control service from the North Carolina and Virginia pest control experts at Four Seasons | HomeTown Pest Control.

 

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