What are spiders?
Spiders are often confused with or referred to as insects, but the fact remains, they are arachnids, not insects. Spiders live in gardens, in grass, on plants, or in trees or shrubs; this is not because they feed on plants, but because that is where their prey (insects) can be found. Spiders are predators and feed on various nuisance and dangerous insects that are problematic for us and our gardens.
Spiders have eight legs and two body parts, unlike most insects, spiders lack wings and antennae. Depending on the species, spiders vary in size, shape, color, behavior, and nesting sites. Having a professional come to your property to identify the type of spider causing problems for you and your family is important to ensure accurate identification.
Spiders living in our areas and invading our yards, homes, and businesses include:
- Black widow spiders
- Brown recluse spiders
- Brown widow spiders
- Daddy long legs
- Garden spiders
- Giant house spiders
- Hobo spiders
- Jumping spiders
- Orb spiders
- Wolf spiders
Are spiders dangerous?
When talking about spiders, it is important to note the difference between dangerous and aggressive. Dangerous spiders like the black widow, brown recluse, and brown widow have venom potent enough to trigger health problems in humans, but these dangerous spiders are not aggressive; they won’t actively seek a person out to bite.
Most bites from dangerous spiders occur accidentally; spiders tend to hide in dark, secluded areas, and when we unknowingly place our hand on a dangerous spider, step on one, or sit on one, a bite can happen.
Most of the spiders you will come into contact with daily are referred to as nuisance spiders and are also not aggressive. If a bite were to occur from a nuisance spider, their venom is not strong enough to cause health problems in people.
Why do I have a spider problem?
You have a problem with spiders because keeping them out of our yards and homes is a difficult task. Spiders move to any property that offers them plenty of places to build webs or burrows. If the weather becomes too cold or rainy, their prey will move indoors, and the spiders will follow. They move through any space or opening they discover in walls, the foundation, chimney, roof eaves, and gaps around doorways and windows.
Where will I find spiders?
Spiders live in dense populations all around us, and we cross their paths multiple times a day without even realizing it. Spiders live in our gardens, flower beds, landscaping, trees, and on the outside of our homes. They live within woodpiles and brush piles and anywhere else they can hide, and where there's a constant flow of prey to hunt.
Spiders that have moved indoors while following their prey move to dark, quiet areas of our homes, usually the same areas other insects and pests live. Crawl spaces, wall voids, attics, chimneys, doorways, window sills, and vents make the perfect place for spiders to hide and hunt prey.
How do I get rid of spiders?
To keep spiders from living in large numbers in your yard and home, partner with a professional. For the most effective spider control solutions possible, turn to the San Diego County pest control experts at Allswell. Using current technology and advanced pest control methods, we provide our customers with exceptional pest control solutions.
Our professionals will work closely with you to control and eliminate spiders through Integrated Pest Management and other advanced pest control solutions. For more information about the spider control services we provide our home and business owners, give us a call at Allswell today!
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
Prevent problems with spiders by implementing proven solutions through our effective pest control services. Also, use the following tips to prevent issues with spiders in your San Diego yard and home:
- Seal openings in your home’s exterior that allow spiders and their prey inside.
- Replace worn weatherstripping around windows and doors.
- Leave a space between your home’s walls and foundation and any shrubbery or other landscaping plants.
- Keep exterior lights turned off as much as possible to help stop the insects that spiders hunt from being drawn to the outside of your home.
- Keep lids on trash cans, recycling bins, or compost bins to stop insects from foraging for food in them. The more insect activity you have on your property, the more spider activity you will have.