What are spiders?
Spiders are eight-legged creatures that are a source of fear for many people. They have flexible but hard exoskeletons and segmented bodies. Spiders are arachnids and not insects, which is why they have more than six legs, no wings, and no antennae.
Three spider species around the Gaithersburg area are:
- Black widows
- Brown recluses
- Wolf spiders
Are spiders dangerous?
If you look at black widow, brown recluse, and wolf spider pictures, you might think wolf spiders are the most dangerous due to their hairy bodies and because they actively hunt for prey rather than use webs. But the truth is, wolf spiders, like most other species we encounter, are not considered dangerous to people.
All spiders have fangs and venom, but only the black widow and brown recluse are medically dangerous to humans. These spiders aren’t aggressive but will bite if they feel threatened. A bite from these spiders is rarely fatal, but you should always seek medical attention if bitten.
Why do I have a spider problem?
Spiders become a problem when there are other pests present. In a way, spiders are beneficial around your property because they help keep other pest populations under control. Still, when it comes to the dangerous species discussed above, you are better off without them. These species can get into your home through open windows and doors, damaged screens, and cracks in your home’s exterior. You may also accidentally carry them in on potted plants and other similar items.
Where will I find spiders?
Because the species we have discussed so far do not thrive inside homes, they will likely be more of a problem in your yard. While wolf spiders live in burrows, the black widow and brown recluse species spin webs. They prefer to make their webs in quiet areas that are low to the ground and like wood and piles. If you see a web out in the open between two trees, for example, it doesn’t belong to one of these species.
While they prefer to be outside, these species can wander inside when following prey pests. They will hide under furniture, window frames, and storage areas if this happens. You may also find them in outbuildings such as sheds and garages or basements and attics.
How do I get rid of spiders?
To get rid of spiders from your property, contact us at Absolute Home and Pest Control. Our service professionals are ready to provide spider control for your home to address the common pest pressures in the Gaithersburg area. With a thorough inspection of your home and property, we can explain why you have spiders and provide treatments to remove them.
Below we offer some prevention tips that are helpful when trying to deter spiders, but the best form of pest prevention is ongoing professional assistance. Learn more about the services we offer by reaching out to us at Absolute Home and Pest Control.
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
To keep spiders away, focus on reducing the factors that attract prey pests to your property. The best way to do this is by removing food, water, and access into your home.
- Remove food: Keep eating areas clear of food debris, store open goods in airtight containers, and keep your home and yard free of garbage.
- Remove water: Repair leaks, clear your yard of organic debris and ensure your home has proper ventilation.
- Remove access: Seal any cracks in the exterior of your house, repair damaged screens, trim branches that touch your home, and keep outdoor lights off at night.
Don’t forget to call us at Absolute Home and Pest Control!