Spiders

Spiders – Where they live:

Spiders can be found in a variety of places, but typically are found in dark corners or behind stored items.  Others like dry, warm areas such as subfloor air vents, upper corners of rooms and attics.

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Size & Color:

Size:  1/4 to 1 inch in length

Color:  Various

About Spiders

Unlike insects, spiders always have four pairs of legs, two body parts, no wings and no antennae.

Most spiders feed on small insects. Some spiders, spin webs to catch their prey, some actively chase their food, while others prefer to quietly wait for lunch to come to them.

Although all spiders are venomous, they rarely bite and very few are dangerous. The Black Widow Spider and the Brown Recluse spider can cause serious health concerns.  If bitten, medical attention should be sought if a bite occurs.

Entrance to the Home

Spiders commonly enter the home through poorly screened windows and doors, through gaps around door and window frames. Most of the time, spiders come inside the home looking for prey.  Like cockroaches, spiders often hide inside boxes and can be brought into the home.

Spider Prevention:

  • Remove webs, piles of wood, weeds and clutter.  This will help eliminate an environment conducive for spiders.
  • To Control the population of spiders within the home, seal as many entry points as possible.  Make sure window and door screens are in good condition.
  • Speak with your pest control specialist to make sure treatment has been applied around the perimeter of the home as well as any attic or crawl spaces
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