Spiders are the #1 fear in the United States. If you have these creepy, crawly pests in your home, you likely want to get rid of them. While spiders do help with controlling the population of other insects, there are some types that are poisonous. Even if you aren’t dealing with a poisonous species, though, if you’re one of the thousands of people with a fear of spiders, getting rid of them is probably a top concern.
Spiders vary greatly in terms of size, color and markings. However, they all have eight legs, two distinct body regions and no wings or antennae.
Behavior, Diet & Habits
Tens of thousands of spider species have been identified around the world, and their exact habits vary. Some like moisture places and are commonly found in homes in basements and crawl spaces. Other types prefer warm, dry areas such as air vents and upper corners of rooms. Most prefer to hide in dark areas.
Spiders mostly feed on spiders and other insects, but some species will eat any type of pray they are able to subdue.
After mating with a male, female spiders make an egg sac containing up to a thousand eggs. Tiny spiders hatch from the eggs and look like smaller versions of the adults. Most types of spiders complete their lifecycle within one to two years, but some species, such as tarantulas, can live for more than 20 years.
Signs of an Infestation
If you have spiders in your home, you’ll likely see the spiders or their webs. They usually enter homes through small gaps and cracks around window and door frames, but they may also “hitchhike” on outdoor items and inside boxes or anything you bring inside your home.
How to Get Rid of Spiders
Because there are so many types of spiders, the exact procedure for getting rid of them varies. If you have spiders in your home, contact a pest management professional right away, especially if you suspect the presence of a poisonous spider like a black widow or brown recluse.
If you’re tired of dealing with spiders in your home, contact us today. We will assess the infestation and come up with a comprehensive plan for getting rid of spiders in your home.