spiders hanging from websThe legs. The hair. And the general creepy appearance. With 3,000 species of spiders across North America, it’s no wonder why homeowners are squeamish about these uninvited guests. Whether you already have an infestation, or you want to prevent one, take a look at what you need to know about pest control and spiders in Virginia.

Are All Spiders Bad?

The answer to this question depends on how you feel about spiders, how many spiders you have, and what types of spiders are in your home. A few stray spiders won’t cause much damage. They may even help you control other pests—by catching them in their webs.

But if you have a spider bite allergy, are an arachnophobe, or have more than a few stray spiders in your home, removing them is necessary. If you have concerns about potentially dangerous spiders, you have little to worry about in Virginia. That is, with one exception.

The female black widow spider is a dangerous arachnid that does live in the Virginia area. This type of spider is shiny, black, and has a red (sometimes orange or yellow) hourglass-shaped mark on their round abdomen. Even though a black widow is potentially life-threatening, bites are rare.

While some Virginia residents have come in contact with the also-infamous brown recluse spider (another venomous species), these arachnids aren’t native to the area.

How Do Spiders Get Into a Home?

Like other insects, spiders crawl into your home through open doors, windows, or breaks in the exterior. Seal foundation cracks and gaps in window or door frames, or mend window screens, or make sure that your home has no other unnecessary openings to reduce the likelihood of a pest invasion.

Along with walking in through a crack, crevice, or gap, spiders can hitchhike in on your clothes, your pet, or anything you bring in from the outside. Shake off yard equipment, outdoor toys, boxes, bags, or other similar items before moving them into your home.

Where Do Spiders Live?

You can find a spider living almost anywhere in or around your home. Areas that go undisturbed for long periods of time are ideal habitats for spiders, giving them a place to spin a web.  These spaces typically include basements, garages, attics, crawl spaces and unused closets.  Trees and bushes are spiders’ natural habitat, and they can be found in accumulations of leaf litter in the yard.

Remove clutter and leaf debris to make your home less attractive to household spiders.  Instead of stashing old clothes, outerwear, toys, blankets, and other items in the open, place them into plastic bins with well-sealing lids.  Routinely clean the exterior of the bins (and around the outside) to remove new webs.

Will Insect Sprays Take Care of the Problem?

Using a store-bought insect spray may kill a spider on contact, but isn’t the best choice.  These products often aren’t spider-specific and may do little to eradicate an infestation.

Along with the potential for ineffectiveness, commercially available DIY sprays are often misused which may result in serious harm to you, your family or pets.  Choose Exterminating Unlimited Inc for a safer alternative.  Our technicians are trained to apply products in areas where spiders may attempt to access your home with products specifically labeled for spiders.

Are There Other Ways to Eliminate Spider Infestations?

Again, a pest control expert can remove the arachnids and reduce the likelihood of their return. Spiders need a food source to survive.  This includes insects and other similar small-sized pests. Homes with other insect invaders may attract spiders.  Many insect species are attracted to light and will approach your home at night, drawn in by the light.  Change the light bulbs on exterior fixtures to yellow “bug lights” and close shades or drapes to minimize the impact of interior lighting.  Spiders love to weave their webs near well-lit areas to capture the moths and flying insects that fly towards the lights.  Regularly scheduled pest control service helps reduce overall insect populations, making spiders less likely to move in.

Do you have spiders? Do you want to prevent a potential infestation? Contact Exterminating Unlimited, Inc., for more information on pest control services.

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