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What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids and have two body parts, eight legs, and lack wings and antennae. They also all have hollow fangs they use to inject venom into their prey to paralyze it. Spiders regularly get a bad rap, and while we don't want them to take over our yards and homes, we still need to respect that these arachnids play an essential role in the ecosystem.

Without spiders and other similar predators, nuisance insects, and pests that destroy our gardens and crops, our outdoor spaces would take over our properties. However, it is safe to say that no one wants to have their indoor or outdoor spaces overrun with these eight-legged intruders. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing!

a black widow spider in its web in fayetteville georgia

Spiders that live in our region and regularly try to become our roommates include cellar spiders, wolf spiders, and black widow spiders.

Are spiders dangerous?

While their ability to startle us by their speed and appearance is unmatched, most spiders we regularly encounter are not dangerous. In our area of the country, wolf spiders and cellar spiders are examples of nuisance spiders. While we don't want either species lurking around in large numbers, they're not a massive threat!

Spiders that we should concern ourselves with and are considered dangerous are those with venom potent enough to affect our health. The black widow is a dangerous spider, and while they are not aggressive, a bite from this spider results in symptoms that should be managed by a healthcare professional.

Why do I have a spider problem?

The number of spiders in your yard or home directly correlates to the amount of prey present. These hunters are only going to want to be where there is food available to satisfy their hunger.

The following things attract insects and spiders to a property:

  • Overgrown grass and lots of ground cover
  • Trees, shrubs, and bushes
  • Trashcans, recycling bins, and compost bins without lids
  • Gardens
  • Standing water

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders get into our homes either inside things like boxes or potted plants or by following their prey inside. Once inside, they will retreat to dark, quiet areas like basements, crawl spaces, wall voids, attics, closets, and spaces under furniture.

After moving indoors, as long as there is prey for them to hunt, they will stay and enjoy the benefits of living in our temperature-controlled structures. If you find you have problem with spiders in your home, you probably have an overall pest problem that you need to address.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Spiders are outdoor pests that are difficult to guard your property against, so the best way to eliminate them and prevent future issues is to partner with a professional. Ennis Exterminating is a locally owned and operated company. Our professionals have a deep understanding of the specific pest problems that our Georgia customers experience.

We understand how unpleasant it is to deal with spiders in your yard or home and will provide the fast action and effective services needed to get rid of them. If you live in Fayetteville or the surrounding areas and would like more information about our home pest control and commercial pest control services, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Spiders will think twice about using your yard and home as a place to feed and nest after you implement the following helpful prevention tips provided by our pest control experts:

  • Prevent accidentally introducing spiders into your home by inspecting boxes, potted plants, and other items that were outside before bringing them inside.
  • Stop spiders from finding their way into your home on their own by checking over your home's exterior and seal any spaces you discover.
  • Make sure screens placed in open windows and doors are secure and free of holes.
  • Don't store firewood piles or trash cans right next to your home.
  • Place locking lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
  • Leave a space between bushes and shrubs and your home's exterior. Spiders may use their branches to gain easy access to your house.
  • Keep your home free of the clutter where spiders can hide.
 

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