House Spider Identification & Prevention
Frequently Asked Questions About House Spiders
What are house spiders?
The house spider is one of the most widely distributed spiders living throughout the world. As its name suggests, it is a species of spider that finds its way into homes and other structures regularly.
Spiders are environmentally beneficial, feeding on your garden and other nuisance insects and helping to control their populations. However, when they move into our homes, they become an unwanted nuisance and you may want to get rid of house spiders. House spiders are a yellowish-brown color with an off-white abdomen. They have chevron-like markings on their body and legs. Like all arachnids, house spiders have eight legs and two body segments.
Are house spiders dangerous?
House spiders are not dangerous. All spiders have fangs and venom that they inject into their prey, but the venom of a house spider isn’t strong enough to harm a person. House spiders are a type of harmless nuisance spider. However, just because these spiders are harmless doesn’t mean you want them living in your home—building and abandoning multiple webs each day.
Why do I have a house spider problem?
Our gardens and landscaping offer plenty of places for insects to live, feed, and breed—spiders feed on insects. If you have large populations of insects living in your yard, you will, in turn, have large populations of spiders preying on those insects.
While hunting insects near the exterior of your home, spiders will sometimes find their way inside, following their prey. Spiders and insects get into homes and other buildings through cracks in exterior walls and foundations, along with utilities, and through spaces around windows, doors, and air-conditioning units.
Where will I find house spiders?
The house spider is a web-building spider. Outside, spiders like to build their webs under roof eves, around windows, and in doorways. They usually place their webs near exterior lighting, which attracts insects. Inside, house spiders will place their tangled webs in the upper corners of closets, basements, and doorways. They will also make webs under furniture.
How do I get rid of house spiders?
Acquiring help from a professional pest control expert is the best way to eliminate house spiders and keep them from returning. At Albemarle Termite & Pest Control, our technicians are highly trained and dedicated to providing safe and effective home pest control services that are affordable solutions today!
How can I prevent house spiders in the future?
Pests are not just a nuisance; they pose potential health risks and are capable of damaging property.
- Avoid problems with house spiders with the help of the following prevention tips.
- Seal up cracks and crevices found in the foundation and exterior walls around your house, as well as spaces around air conditioners.
- Replace white outdoor lightbulbs with yellow or LED light bulbs, which are less attractive to insects.
- Repair holes under roof eaves.
- Maintain your yard. Keep the grass short and shrubbery from overgrowing.
- Make sure storage areas in your house are neat, organized, and free of clutter.
- Remove spider webs from your home; the spiders become annoyed and move on.
- Keep your garage and shed windows and doors closed when not in use.
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