Spiders

What are spiders?

The most notable spider species found living throughout our area include wolf spiders, black widow spiders, and brown recluse spiders. Spiders are arachnids and are closely related to mites, ticks, and scorpions. All spiders have two body regions - the cephalothorax and abdomen. They also have eight legs, no wings or antennae, and fangs called chelicerae. Spiders usually have eight eyes, though some species only have six. They come in a wide range of colors and sizes, depending on their exact species. Some spiders are hairy while others are smooth and shiny. Spiders are arthropods and have an exoskeleton, which means their skeleton is located on the outside of their body.large brown spider on a tan tile floor in a virginia home

Are spiders dangerous?

All spiders contain venom that they then inject into their prey. Most spider species, including the wolf spider, are not considered dangerous because their venom is not strong enough to cause any serious health problems in people. Other spider species like the black widow and brown recluse are considered dangerous spider species because, if a person is bitten by either, their venom is strong enough to trigger serious health problems. The black widow spider’s venom attacks the nervous system while the brown recluse’s venom can cause necrosis of the tissue found around the bite site which can then lead to serious infection.

If ever bitten by a black widow or brown recluse spider, you should seek treatment from a medical professional. The good news when it comes to spiders is that, while they have the potential to be dangerous, they are shy and reclusive by nature, and typically only bite when you make accidental contact with them and they become startled.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are attracted to properties that offer them a comfortable place to live. Spiders hide, build their webs, and hunt for food sources in the following areas:

  • Dense vegetation

  • Woodpiles

  • Tall grasses

  • Gardens 

Another big reason that spiders become problematic on a property is because that property is also home to large populations of insects that they feed on.

Spiders are also attracted to areas that provide them with water sources like the following:

  • Clogged gutters

  • Leaky hoses

  • Ponds

  • Wading pools

Where are spiders commonly found?

Outside, spiders are found living and creating their webs or burrows in places like gardens, shrubs, bushes, overgrown vegetation, tall grasses, between rocks and stones, and in woodpiles. Spiders accidentally find their way into homes through cracks and crevices found in a home’s exterior while foraging for food sources. However, they may also purposely enter homes, garages, and other outbuildings in the late fall, following the insects that they feed on inside.

Inside homes, spiders nest and seek shelter in dark, quiet places. The corners of closets and ceilings, basements, attics or crawl spaces, inside boxes, in clothing and shoes, under linens and furniture, or underneath sinks are all attractive locations to spiders.

How do I get rid of spiders?

The best way to eliminate spiders from your home is to partner with a professional. When you partner with Triple S Services, we will identify the species present, find the source of your spider problem, and eliminate them from your property. Our professionals will take care of your spider removal needs with modern and effective treatment solutions and provide the services needed to prevent future infestations.

To learn more about implementing our spider control services into your Central and Northern Virginia home or business, reach out to us at Triple S Services!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

In combination with the quality pest control plans from Triple S Services, there are a few things you can do to make your home and property less appealing to spiders:

  • Caulk cracks and crevices in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Place weather stripping around exterior windows and doors.

  • Place door sweeps on all exterior doors.

  • Make sure that screens are completely intact.

  • Trim tree limbs away from the exterior of your home.

  • Remove excess piles of debris like woodpiles, rock piles, leaf piles, and grass piles from your property.

  • Maintain your lawn and keep your grass cut short.

  • Limit water sources by making sure that gutters are clear and leaky outdoor fixtures are repaired.

 

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