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There are many species of spiders that can be found living all across the United States. Here some of the more common spiders that we encounter.

House spider

House spiders can become a large nuisance in homes as they rapidly build and abandon webs while searching for prey. They are yellowish-brown in color with a dirty white abdomen; they also have dark chevron markings on their legs and body. They can range in size from 1/8th to 5/16th of an inch in length with females being on the larger size.

Wolf spider

They are a large spider ranging in size from ¼ - 1 3/8th of an inch in length. Females are larger than males. They are dark brown in color with tan or yellow stripes or markings. The have a stout body with spiny long legs. Wolf spiders don’t build webs instead they chase their prey.

Black widow spider

Black widow spiders are a poisonous species that are black in color and have a distinctive red hourglass shape under their abdomen. They are 1 ½ - 1 3/8th of an inch in length and have a “round” body shape.

Brown recluse spider

Brown recluse spiders are dark brown in color with a violin-like marking on their back, they range in size from ¼- ½ of an inch. They are poisonous and spin irregular shaped webs, not to catch prey in, but instead to rest in.

Why do I have a spider problem in my home?

Spiders are predatory species that mostly live outdoors, but they will move indoors while searching for their prey. Their prey includes flies, mosquitoes, other spiders and insects. They will also move inside in the late fall in order to stay warm and have access to food during the cooler weather months.

By nature, spiders are shy and reclusive. That’s why they hide and build webs in the dark, quiet areas of your home. In places like:

  • Closets

  • Basements

  • Attics

  • Under furniture

  • In all wall and trim corners

  • Around windows and doors

Do spiders bite?

Yes, spiders can bite. They generally only bite if they are being directly handled, are startled, or are being squished.

Are spiders dangerous?

Spiders are mostly considered to be nuisance pests and even if bitten by a spider very few have enough venom to affect a person. Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders are considered to be dangerous because their venom is powerful enough to cause a serious reaction in people. If you think you have been bitten by a poisonous spider you should seek medical attention immediately.

How can I get rid of spiders?

Getting rid of spiders can be tricky because there are so many nooks and crannies within your home that they can hide in. Spider control is best left up to the professionals who can quickly find and treat all the spiders hiding throughout your home.

Can ChemTec help?

Yes, ChemTec can get rid of spiders that have decided to make your home their home through our home pest control programs. Our experienced technicians will create a customized spider control plan to make sure that all the spiders in your home are quickly and safely eliminated.

Spider prevention tips

As a homeowner there are many things you can do in and around your home to try and make it less appealing to spiders. Spider prevention tips include:

  • Seal cracks and crevices found in your homes foundation and siding; caulk gaps around exterior windows and doors

  • Seal spaces around pipes and utility entrances

  • Make sure that all window and door screens are whole

  • Keep storage areas like closets, basements and attics free of clutter

  • Trim back trees, bushes and other landscaping from the exterior of your house.

  • Maintain a year round pest control program to eliminate the insects in your house for potential food sources.