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Fall Spider Prevention Tips

October 11, 2017


Now that fall has arrived, spiders in your home have too. While dangerous spiders such as the black widow and brown recluse are not very common in Pennsylvania, who really wants to live in a home full of any type of spider? The two most common spiders in Pennsylvania are the wolf spider and the house spider.

The wolf spider isn’t necessarily dangerous, however, a bite from one can be painful, cause swelling, and in cases of an allergic reaction may cause nausea, dizziness, and a rapid pulse. Dealing with a painful bite is enough to make you want them out of your home. While wolf spiders have many different genera or species, the ones generally found in Pennsylvania are the Hogna carolinensis and the Hogna aspersa. The Hogna carolinensis range from 18 to 35 millimeters long and are dark brown with small gray hairs. The Hogna aspersa are a bit smaller than the Hogna carolinensis, ranging from 16 to 25 millimeters in length and is noticeably different by the line of yellow hairs near its eyes. The wolf spider has great vision and doesn't wait around for their prey to wonder into their web—they hunt and attack. They also dig or use existing tunnels to breed and navigate around your home.

The house spider is the most common spider you will see in your home. They don’t pose any serious dangers but their bites can leave a red and itchy welt. They are relatively small, only 5 to 8 millimeters long. Their coloring can be brown or light tan with shiny skin and noticeable dark brown stripes on their legs. Its abdomen is extremely large and round in shape. Unlike the wolf spider, house spiders don’t hunt for their prey. Instead, they leave webs around your homes that they revisit to check for trapped food. They are more of a nuisance than anything.

If you’ve come across spiders or want to avoid any future run-ins with them, there are a few prevention tips you can try. You can attempt to locate where the spiders are entering and fill in those areas and you can vacuum any existing webs that you find. While these may help, you may find that calling a pest control company would be more successful. Preventing and/or getting rid of spiders in your home is a year-round process and can be best taken care of by the professionals. Moyer Pest Control is known as a leading Pennsylvania pest control company. Moyer utilizes “state-of-the-art technologies” and highly trained service professionals to effectively eliminate and prevent pests. Homeowners can choose between three year-round service plans, all of which include at least four yearly visits to your home. These plans can be adapted to fit the needs of your home and budget.

If you want to avoid any and all spiders this fall—even if they aren’t as dangerous or scary as the black widow—Moyer Pest Control is ready to protect your home!

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