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Spider Identification

What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids; adults have two body parts, eight legs, and no wings. Spiders play a huge part in our eco-system. They are fierce predators, and help to control the populations of insects⁠—including mosquitoes⁠—and other spiders. Some spiders build webs to catch their prey, while others actively chase down their prey. When spiders are outside, they usually don’t cause us any bother, but when they move into our homes, they become unwanted and, depending on the species, dangerous.

a brown spider on floor of home

Some of the more common species of spiders living in our area include:

  • Black widow spiders
  • Brown recluse spiders
  • Wolf spiders
  • House spiders

Are spiders dangerous?

Most spiders are harmless and aren't a problem to have in our yards and gardens. In fact, spiders are helpful in reducing the number of insects that feed on and damage plants.

There are, however, some species of spiders that you should be wary of: the black widow and brown recluse spider. Both have venom strong enough to cause serious health risks. Though care should be taken around these spiders, the good news is that neither are aggressive and spend most of their time hidden away out of sight, away from people.

If you're seeing large numbers of spiders in your home, it's best to call a professional. Professionals will be able to identify the species and present and offer effective treatments.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders live outside and will take the opportunity to move into any yard that provides them with food and shelter.
 
Spiders feed on insects. Yards with lots of grass, trees, and gardens are typically home to large populations of both pests. When spiders are living in your yard there is a good chance they will then find their way inside of your home, garage, shed, or barn following their prey or searching for a quiet place to lay their eggs.
 
Once inside, if there is food for them to feed on, they will usually stay for the long haul and are difficult to remove. A large spider infestation may be an indicator of an underlying pest problem on your property that needs to be addressed.

Where will I find spiders?

Wooded areas, yards, meadows, fields, gardens, and other areas tend to have high populations of spiders. They are outdoor pests and move from place to place on their own accord. Outside spiders hide in dense vegetation, woodpiles, tall grasses, underneath decks, piles of debris, shrubbery, and in brush piles.
 
Inside, spiders hide and build their webs in the corners of rooms, around window sills, in closets, and inside of storage bags. Basements, attics, crawl spaces, bathrooms, and laundry rooms often make great hideouts for spiders.

How do I get rid of spiders?

To protect your property from spiders, it is essential to maintain an effective pest prevention and control program. For the complete removal of spiders from your Georgia property, call MSI Termite & Pest Control and learn about our Peachtree City spider control services. By working together, we can make sure your home or business stays free of spiders and other pests.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

At MSI Termite & Pest Control, we want to provide you with some helpful tips to help you avoid problems with spiders:

  • Cut overgrown shrubbery and trees back from the exterior walls of your home.

  • Keep outdoor lights that attract insects turned off as much as possible. 

  • Keep spiders out of your home by inspecting its exterior walls, and sealing any spaces discovered.

  • Repair torn screens, and place weatherstripping around windows and doors.

  • Clear out clutter from in and around your home.

  • Remove spider webs from your home.

 

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