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House Spider Prevention Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

April 6, 2018

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There are thousands of different species of spiders, many of which can be dangerous. Fortunately for you, house spiders are not one of those species! In fact, house spiders are not dangerous at all, and though they may bite if provoked or threatened, it will likely result in little to no negative repercussions beyond being a little itchy. Did you know that house spiders are often seen as a good thing because they eat other insects? While true, they also attract other insects as some see the spiders as a food source. In the end, spiders can be fairly scary and their webs can be quite a nuisance, so getting rid of them is usually the desired solution. Here are some helpful tips to identify house spiders, help prevent them, and what you can do about them if they enter your home!

Amidst the numerous species of spiders, picking one apart from another, unless specifically marked, can be tough. House spiders are in a general category consisting of the most common types of spiders found within a dwelling. The common house spider would likely be the most familiar of house spiders that one might find inside their home but can be one of many. To identify the common house spider you will want to look for a spider that is dark brown or tan in color, has a shiny look and dark stripes on tan legs. The abdomen is twice the size as their carapace giving them a unique appearance. With the usual 8 legs and 8 eyes, male common house spiders can grow to 4 mm in length with the females able to double in size. You can usually find these spiders hiding in dark and damp areas of your homes like crawlspaces and basements.

Preventing spiders can be an uphill battle. If they go unattended they can infest your house with webs and before you know it, they will be crawling out from every crack and crevice. Using these tips can help keep the number of spiders in your home to a minimum.

  • When cleaning, always make sure to focus on corners and edges of the room where spiders will build their webs

  • Seal up cracks and crevices in foundations

  • Close holes around doors and windows

  • Keep shrubs and vegetation cut back from the house

  • Make sure to fix all leaks that are causing moisture

  • Run a dehumidifier if moisture is an ongoing issue

  • Keep other insects out by following these same prevention tips and by keeping windows and doors closed when not in use

Getting rid of spiders is usually as tough as preventing them, which is why professional control is always your best option. Our customers generally choose one of our three year-round options to ensure that spiders are not a problem through every season. All three year-round pest control options include numerous other pests as well as periodic visits to make sure that your home stays spider and pest free. With our 100% satisfaction guarantee, we promise that if covered pests pop up in between visits, we will come back at no additional cost to take care of them! We will always make sure to address factors which may draw spiders to your home, work to seal points of entry, and take preventative measures so that spiders have an increasingly hard time infesting your property and in turn are deterred substantially. For more than a century Moyer Pest Control has been successfully ridding homes of pests, so call us today to learn more about our residential pest control plans and how they can help rid your home of house spiders. 

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