Halloween is still a couple months away, but many people are starting to see a lot of spiders in Virginia. All the recent rain and high water levels means more pest activity in general. Spiders are predators, so for them more insects means lots of food sources. In fact, most spiders are not bad and are considered a great form of natural pest control.
While spiders can be a major concern for homeowners, most spiders in Virginia do not pose a serious health threat to humans, spiders do present a great nuisance concern. Of the 13 species spiders in Virginia, only two are known to be dangerous.
Homes can offer ideal conditions for spiders. The corner of gutters, windows and a railing can provide a great location for a spider to build a web to catch passing flying insects. Lights and windows around your home also attract insect activity at night, and provide another opportunity for spiders to catch their prey.
It’s worth noting that spiders are considered beneficial insects (technically they are arthropods) because they help to control other insects that may be harmful or just annoying.
Common spiders in Virginia
The wolf spider is one of the most common found in Virginia. These spiders have brown and white patterns. They are often found among leaves, rocks and bushes.
American house spider or jumping spiders are the most common seen in homes. They are small and brown. They like to hide in cracks and crevices, corners and around baseboards, where they can catch prey.
What to do if you have a spider bite
Spiders usually want to have nothing to do with people. They want to be left alone in secluded areas waiting for their dinner to land. Most spiders, as previously mentioned, are not harmful. Spider bites can cause an allergic, itchy reaction. For most people, there is no concern. However, it is best to contact a physician if you have concerns about a spider bite. Most times they will recommend an over-the-counter medication to help with the irritation.
Bites from species such as black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders can cause serious reactions including being fatal in rare situations. However, bites from these types of spiders are still relatively uncommon. Symptoms of their bites include localized pain, nausea, fever and necrosis around the bite in the case of a brown recluse bite. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you have been bitten by a black widow or brown recluse.
How to manage spiders around your home
Homeowners can help control spiders by knocking down webs, removing clutter around or inside the home, and reducing moisture around the home. Yellow or sodium vapor light bulbs on the exterior will attract fewer spiders. Sealing gaps, cracks and crevices as well as installing good screens and door sweeps can help keep spiders outside the home. Good sanitation practices such as vacuuming, especially corners, can help reduce spiders inside.
My Pest Pros’ experienced exterminators are knowledgeable about the conditions that cause conducive conditions for spiders as well as the most effective and humane techniques to keep spiders away from your home. Dewebbing and treatment to deter spiders are a part of our routine pest treatment programs. If you have concerns about spider infestations, contact our pest management professionals to keep your family and home safe.