Spider Identification & Prevention

Your Guide To Spider Pest Invaders

a spider on a rug in a home

Besides being frightening, spiders are dangerous pest invaders that can leave you on edge. Keep spiders away with professional pest control in Knoxville and simple prevention tips.

Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids and are air-breathing arthropods. They have a distinct body appearance with eight legs, fangs that can inject venom, and spinnerets to create webs. There are many different species of spiders across the world and in the United States, but some species are much more likely to invade human structures than others.

The most commonly encountered spider species you should keep an eye out for include the black widow spider, brown recluse spider, cellar spider, house spider, jumping spider, orb weaver, wolf spider, and zipper spider. If you aren’t sure which of these types of spiders is invading your home, contact Pest OPS today for identification assistance.

Are spiders dangerous?

While most common house spiders aren’t the most dangerous, they can still bite and cause issues such as allergic reactions or painful, swollen areas. Other species, such as the black widow or brown recluse spider, are considered medically dangerous spiders, and bites from these two species can result in serious health consequences.

Symptoms you need to look out for after receiving a spider bite include difficulty breathing or swallowing, intense pain, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, and muscle aches or pains. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience these.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Most spider problems around human structures are due to a host of factors that attract them. Easy access to food, such as pest prey populations, excess moisture, and secluded or sheltered locations in both interior and exterior areas greatly increase your chances of picking up a spider infestation. Take steps to eliminate these factors if you want to get rid of spiders.

Where will I find spiders?

In exterior areas, spiders prefer to hide in sheltered, dark, and quiet locations where they can build their nests to catch prey or rest. Popular locations include underneath leaves and fallen trees, near plant pots, and under decks, patios, or furniture. Around interior areas, you can find spiders hiding near the backs of cabinets, under stacks of cluttered or stored items, or in dark basements, garages, and attics.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Skip the DIY pest control solutions and get rid of spiders the easy way by contacting Pest OPS for professional spider removal. We will identify your spider control needs and develop treatment solutions for your property to remove active infestations and help prevent future spider problems. Contact us today to get started.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Prevent spider problems in the future by following our expert advice below.

  • Stop spiders from invading interior areas by sealing cracks around your property’s windows, doors, and foundation and using weatherstripping to seal your home.
  • Remove spider food sources by addressing pest prey issues on your property with the assistance of Pest OPS.
  • Reduce spider harborage areas by cutting down long grass, trimming overgrown foliage, and removing woodpiles or piles of debris from outdoor areas.
  • Fix moisture issues that lead to humid conditions in both interior and exterior areas to stop pools of water from attracting both spiders and their pest prey.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Pest OPS for further assistance defeating spiders around your property; the sooner you seek home pest control, the sooner you can reclaim your property from these eight-legged pests.

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