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What are spiders?

Spiders make up the largest groups of arachnids. They all have eight legs and two body segments, and they lack wings and antennae. You can find spiders almost worldwide, living in a variety of environments. They are predators, and feed on nuisance insects, flies, moths, and other spiders. Spiders are very eco-important, as they help to control nuisance and dangerous insect populations. Some species create burrows to hide in and hunt from, chasing down their prey, while others spin webs they use to rest in or to catch their prey.

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Are spiders dangerous?

Many people are afraid of spiders because they lurk in dark areas, startling us when we least expect it with their quick movements. The good news, though, is that spiders are shy and reclusive creatures and would prefer to stay away from people. They are not aggressive, and spider bites typically only occur after we accidentally come into contact with them. They bite out of self-preservation.

While no one wants to live in a house full of spiders, most species that invade our homes are harmless. They all have venom, but it is not strong enough to cause any significant health problems in people. There are a couple of species of dangerous spiders in the United States, and they do have venom strong enough to trigger health problems in people.

If spiders have become a problem on your property, it is best to contact a pest professional to identify the species and provide effective treatment.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders live outside, all around us. Most yards and outdoor spaces provide the perfect environment for spiders to live successfully. Spiders hide and hunt for prey in tall grasses, gardens, shrubs, bushes, and woodpiles. They also like to hide on our homes behind shingles, shutters, and under roof eaves.

While they prefer to live outside, spiders do find their way indoors. They move inside while out hunting or when looking for a safe, secluded place to lay their eggs.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders spend most of their lives outside. They live in the suburbs, the city, and rural areas, living in parks, fields, wooded areas, and our yards. Those that build webs usually place them in areas of dense vegetation, on buildings, along fence lines, and in trees. Those that burrow, do so under rocks, woodpiles, fallen trees, and other protected areas.

After moving inside, spiders hide and build webs under furniture, in basements, closets, attics, under cabinets, and in other quiet, secluded spots.

What are house spiders?

Like black widows, the female S. Grossa is 6-10.5 mm in length, and dark-colored, with a round, bulbous abdomen. Typical coloration ranges from purplish-brown to black, with light-colored markings. Unlike black widows, redbacks, and other Latrodectus species, S. Grossa does not have a bright red hourglass pattern or any other bright markings. Like many spiders, the male is sometimes smaller; But can many times be nearly as long as the females.

The bite of S. Grossa is known to be medically significant in humans, but minor, without any long-lasting effects. Symptoms of bites include blistering at the site of the bite, and/or a general malaise lasting for several days.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Getting rid of spiders from your yard, home, or business is best left up to a professional. The experts here at Amco Pest Solutions will provide you with the year-round solutions needed to get rid of them and prevent their return. Whether you are looking to get rid of a current infestation or prevent future problems with pests, our family-owned and operated company is here to help.

Our professionals are committed to providing the pest control services needed to keep your home or business free of spiders and other common pests. Reach out to Amco Pest Solutions today to learn more about our effective home pest control and commercial pest control solutions. Let's work together to protect your New Jersey, New York, or South Florida property from being taken over by spiders!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

To make your property less attractive to spiders, use the following easy-to-execute prevention tips:

  • Remove excess debris and clutter from your property that spiders will use as hiding spots.

  • Cut back overgrown trees, shrubs, and bushes away from your home's exterior.

  • Keep spiders out of your home by making sure window and door screens are intact and place weatherstripping around doors.

  • Seal up entry points in your foundation, exterior walls, and the roofline of your home.

  • Replace your home's white outdoor lights with yellow lights that are less attractive insects; the fewer insects you have on your property, the fewer number of spiders.

  • Inside, quickly wipe away spider webs that you find in your home.

 

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