Spiders

Spiders

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Signs of a Spider Infestation

In general, spiders can be found in dark, secluded areas, both in your home and garden. When trying to get rid of spiders in your home or business, ensure that you wear appropriate protective clothing - like gloves - to prevent falling victim to a spider bite. Although most species of spider do not pose a health risk, there are some in the western states that Western Exterminator serves that might bite if threatened and some of those can pose health risks.

  • Look for spider webs - The size and shape of spider webs vary by species. Some are orb-shaped while others are funnel-shaped. Some species of spider, such as the black widow, do not create geometric webs, but create messy dens that trap insects, in hidden-away areas.
  • Some spider species live in burrows rather than webs, while others are free-ranging and take refuge in crevices.
  • Some species of spiders are attracted to moist environments. Check your basements, walls, sheds and other damp locations.
  • Other species can be found in places such as attics, the junction of a wall and ceiling, closets and storage boxes.
  • Spiders feed on other insects and prey on ants, flies, woodlice and other spiders, so where there is a plentiful supply of other insects, spiders will wait to find their next meal.

As the temperature drops in autumn, spiders become more active, looking for a mate, and come out of their hiding places. Towards the end of autumn many die off, but some hibernate until the following spring. For the states serviced by Western Exterminator, this usually involves the black widow spider. Most of the time black widows stay hidden and out of site, but in states like Arizona, California and Nevada, when autumn comes around and they start looking to mate, you will see them on walls, screen doors and sometimes indoors. They are not looking to bite, but there is a potential risk.

Spider eggs are laid into a silken sac, on average about 100 eggs in each sac, which may be fixed to a surface, hidden in the web or carried by the female. Signs of the sacs fixed indoors indicate that soon there will be more spiders around.

If you want to know more about spider infestations, talk to Western Exterminator experts at 800-937-8398. You can also contact us online to set up an appointment with one of our spider control experts.

Western Exterminator's Treatment for Spider Infestations

At Western Exterminator, we offer expert identification of your invading spider species and provide a professional service to control larger infestations. Western Exterminator specialists will get into the places where spiders and their webs are found, remove them and offer advice on how to prevent a return. 

For professional help with a spider infestation, call us today at 800-937-8398 or contact us online.