Pest Guide: What to Know About Spiders

Where Do Spiders Live in Your Home?

Spiders are hardy creatures that can make their home just about anywhere in your home. However, they have a few familiar preferred hiding places they will most likely colonize. Depriving them of these spaces can help you keep them from taking over your home.

Be sure to check the following areas or remove them entirely if you suspect your home has a spider infestation or to try to prevent one from occurring:

  • Wood piles: Spiders hide within and under wood piles or stacks, providing ample cover and areas to build their web. These also serve as habitats for the insect prey spiders need to survive.
  • External structures and sheds: Any outdoor structure can provide a safe place for spiders to inhabit. Spiders love to crawl into the corners of sheds and make a new home, especially if insects or other prey are present.
  • Holes: A simple hole can be an excellent habitat for a spider. Holes in your walls can be like little caves that spiders can scrawl into for shelter and to hide their prey for feasting later.
  • Basements: Spiders typically enter the home through the basement, perhaps the most common area where you'll find them. Cluttered areas, dark corners, and anywhere near moisture in your basement can be good hiding places for a spider.
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Why Are Some Spiders So Venomous?


Some spiders are especially dangerous to humans and animals because they chase bigger prey. While some spiders eat tiny bugs or small insects, more venomous species like black widows and brown recluses chase larger insects or even small birds and lizards. That means when they bite you, your loved one, or your furry friend, they can be especially dangerous and perhaps even fatal if the bite from some venomous spider species is left untreated. Working with an expert exterminator to eliminate your spider infestation makes it even more critical.


Common Questions About Spiders

Some species of spiders, particularly black widows, and brown recluses can be dangerous. However, other spiders are harmless or may only cause irritation or a small bump if they bite you or your pet. Some spiders are beneficial for pest control, as well. Speaking with an expert if you suspect your home or property has a spider infestation is essential.

Spiders can be hard to get rid of on your own. Their small size and ability to travel to virtually any corner of your home makes it hard to know if you got them all if you try removing them yourself. Eliminating spiders from your home alone can also be dangerous, especially if you don't use proper protective equipment.

Spiders can harm pets just like they can harm humans. Spiders may live in your pet's habitats or toys and could bite them without you knowing it until permanent damage has already set in. This makes it essential to sweep outdoor dog houses regularly, sanctuaries, and any indoor spaces your pets like to visit for spiders.

Tips for Preventing Spiders

  • Repair any holes or gaps around the exterior and interior of your home.
  • Mow the lawn and trim trees and bushes around the house.
  • Clean and vacuum regularly, especially around corners.
  • Install screens in windows and sliding doors.
  • Declutter areas such as basements and garages.
  • Keep foundation, mortar, and weather-protective measures up to date and repaired.

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Spiders

Our team is extremely trained in identifying and safely exterminating a variety of spider species. We use EPA-registered products that are effective at exterminating spiders while still being safe for use around the home. Our technicians are specifically trained in applying these products to ensure your children and pets are safe while the products are in use.

It’s our goal to provide spider extermination help as soon as possible. We will try to be at your property as soon as the same day you call or the next to keep your home spider free.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for your spider problem, today and tomorrow.

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