There are many species of spiders that live in the United States. Some tend to be dangerous. On this page, you will learn about common spiders in your area, and ways to treat an infestation.
How Can Spiders Benefit Us?
Spiders are a natural predator to other insects. Will feed on cockroaches, earwigs, mosquitoes, flies, fleas, moths, gnats, and even other spiders. Some of the spiders’ pray can even transmit disease (such as mosquitoes and fleas), so in a way, they are reducing the amount of disease being spread to humans. They are a great deterrent for other pests that wish to enter your home, but can become a bother if they have fully infested your property.
Black Widows are one of the most easily identifiable and most dangerous spiders. Their body reflects an hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomen and they are found in temperate regions around the world. As you may know, a Black Widow’s venom is about 15x stronger than a rattlesnake’s venom. Individuals who are bitten often experience muscle aches, nausea, and temporary paralysis of the diaphragm (causing issues with breathing). Luckily, black widows are not aggressive and will bite only in self-defense.
They are often referred to as the “violin” or “fiddleback” spider due to the violin-shaped markings on their backs. Like most, the Brown Recluse will seldom bite a human unless out of self-defense. When they do bite, there is often not any pain associated with the affected area until 3-8 hours later. At this time, individuals may recognize a red, tender, or swollen area where the spider bit you, healing from this type of bite will take about 3 weeks without complications. In other cases, individuals may begin to experience “necrotic lesions” from the venom, these will appear in the form of dry & pale skin, and leaving this untreated can destroy your skin tissue. Suffering from necrotic lesions can persist for several months, and can potentially leave a deep scar, or even result in amputation in severe cases.
Celler Spiders come in two different forms; long-bodied cellar, and short-bodied cellar, the long-bodied cellar spiders are often confused with “daddy longlegs” due to their longer legs. Cellar Spiders rarely bite humans, but can become a nuisance if they completely infest your property. It is fairly easy for these spiders’ population to grow rapidly due to their tendency to live in close quarters with other spiders.
They come in many different shapes and sizes. Can be brown, black, grey, or white, and be anywhere from 1/16- 3/4 of an inch. These spiders are covered in dense hairs, and they will typically have thicker front legs than their back legs so that they can maneuver more effectively when jumping.
Unlike most spiders, Wolf Spiders typically have a robust body with hairy, spiny legs, and hunt without the use of webs. Since they are larger than your everyday spider and hunt without webs, they are typically seen scurrying across the floor after pray. Thankfully, like most, these large spiders will only bite if provoked.
Identifying an Infestation
Although spiders are largely harmless, allowing a few spiders to nest in your home can lead to a serious infestation that may become a nuisance further down the line. It is recommended to inspect any nooks and crannies that you may believe are housing spiders. Typically enjoy areas that are easy to build webs, such as; windowsills, showers, closets, and cabinets. Once the weather’s climate changes through the seasons, you will tend to see more in your home that are seeking mates & looking to lay eggs. All it takes is a small group of spiders to create a full-blown infestation, so if you suspect a problem, it is recommended to reach out as soon as possible for an inspection from our professionals.
If you believe your property may be infested by spiders, please contact our team immediately for an inspection & recommendations on how to treat your property. Below are some preventative measures you can take to avoid an infestation.
- Controlling spiders in your home begins with sanitation, the best way to clear potential spider infestations is by vacuuming and sweeping regularly. Make sure to sweep in corners, spaces in between floor boards, and any cracks in your baseboard or walls.
- Disrupt their food supply by eliminating other insects on the property. Spiders will starve within days if they do not have a food supply, so make sure to practice sanitation to ensure other insects are not entering your home.
- Eliminate spiders that you see out in the open to avoid them mating with others & reproducing. You can eliminate these spiders with a simple swat, or take them outside to a patch of grass and release them.
- If you suspect an infestation, please call our professionals at A-1 Bonded Termite for an inspection. Our technicians are trained to inspect every crevice of your property to spot the location of the infestation, and type of infestation.
- Once the infestation is located, our professionals will provide you with a plan that will consist of; pesticide powders, spider traps, and preventative measures.
- Once our specialists have eradicated your infestation, they will provide information on how to prevent further infestations, or set up another inspection to ensure your property is pest-free.