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What are spiders?

Spiders are widely known pests. Although many different species can be distinguished by their appearance and the type of web, or lack of, they build, all spiders share the traits of arachnids. These traits include eight legs, a hard exoskeleton that is also flexible, and a segmented body. Unlike insects, they do not have wings or antennae.

Are spiders dangerous?

While spiders might instill fear in many people, they don’t pose much threat. There are only two species considered dangerous in the United States, the black widow, and the brown recluse. Although a bite from one of these spiders can be fatal, they rarely are with the availability of anti-venom.

So even though all spiders have fangs and venom, you don’t have to worry about the majority of the spiders you encounter. But you should keep in mind that a spider bite can be dangerous to those allergic to their venom, so always monitor symptoms when bitten.

Spiders aren’t as dangerous as most people think. While all spiders have fangs and venom, only two species in North America are medically dangerous to humans. Unfortunately, both species can be found in our area; the black widow and brown recluse. Bites from these spiders are rarely fatal as anti-venom is readily available in hospitals. You should seek medical attention if you believe you have been bitten by one.

Why do I have a spider problem?

For many homes, spiders are a common occurrence. While one or two every so often don’t seem like a problem, there are likely many more you can’t see. In the same sense, there are likely other pests you can’t see which are prey for spiders. Although it may be nice that spiders are keeping other pests controlled, they can still be frustrating, especially when you see a lot of them.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders seem to pop up out of nowhere. While this is the case, these pests are pretty particular about where they build their webs. You might find webs and their creators in window frames, corners of rooms, closets, and under furniture. There are many other places spiders can hide inside a home, but most species prefer to keep their distance from people. They will gravitate towards lightly trafficked areas like attics, garages, basements, and sheds. These are also common areas for prey pests to live, so a plentiful food source can attract spiders to these areas of your home.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Spiders can be particularly frustrating to get rid of because their presence is often linked to other pest issues in San Diego. Because of this, you should rely on our team of experienced service technicians at Bite Away Termite & Pest Control.

We offer residential pest control services monthly or quarterly to protect your home against the nuisance pests that attract spiders. Based on your needs and our inspection findings, we will treat the exterior of your home and interior with eco-friendly products.

You can learn more about the products we use and what kinds of treatments we offer by calling us at Bite Away Termite & Pest Control.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Are you worried that spiders will come back again? You can keep this from happening using prevention steps that aim to keep the prey that spiders hunt out of your home. Our experts recommended limiting food sources for bests by cleaning up crumbs, storing food properly, and using garbage cans with tight-fitting lids. Remove water sources by repairing any leaks and reducing humidity using dehumidifiers. Keep outdoor lights off when possible to help keep away insects attracted to light. Remove decaying plant matter from your yard and ensure the grass and foliage are maintained. Repair potential entry points by filling in cracks, installing new screens, and keeping doors and windows closed when possible.

For assistance with spiders and other bothersome pests, contact us here at Bite Away Termite & Pest Control!