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What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids; like other arachnids, spiders have eight legs, and two distinct body parts: the cephalothorax, and the abdomen. Spiders lack wings, but move efficiently using their eight legs. All spiders produce silk, but not all species build webs with it. Instead of building webs to catch their prey, some species create burrow at ground level or in the ground. Spiders predators that hunt and feed on insects and other spiders.

Spiders live throughout most of the world, and are an essential part of the ecosystem as they help to control the number of nuisance insects. Spiders living in gardens are especially helpful as they work to reduce the number of garden pests feeding on plants and crops. There are many species of spiders living across the country. In our Tobaccoville, NC service area, the most common species include black widow spiders, house spiders, wolf spiders, and brown recluse spiders.

house spider on a dirty kitchen floor

Are spiders dangerous?

Spiders can be dangerous, but the good news is they try to avoid contact with people as much as possible. They aren't a pest that you have to worry about seeking you out! The bad news is that spider bites occur, usually after reaching into a box, while doing gardening, or when putting on clothing that has been hanging in the closet for some time.

Most spiders that invade our homes are not dangerous, as they do not have venom strong enough to trigger health problems in people. House spiders and wolf spiders are examples of nuisance spiders living in our area. Dangerous spiders like black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders do have potent venom, and if a bite were to occur, it's strong enough to cause health problems in people. If you think a dangerous spider has bitten you, you should seek medical attention.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are difficult to control; they live outside, hide out of sight, and when we do see them, they are usually trying to scurry out of our way. Spiders will find their way onto any property that provides them with insects and other prey. Our yards offer plenty of places for spiders to hide and stay well-fed. Gardens, landscaped areas, trees, bushes, shrubs, and areas under decks are all places that attract spiders and insects to a property. If you have a problem with insects in or around your home, you will most likely experience a problem with spiders as well.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders spend the majority of their lives outside in a variety of environments like fields, meadows, wooded areas, parks, yards, on the outside of our homes and other buildings. After spiders use their eight legs to move inside of your home, they find quiet areas that keep them out of sight. Places like basements, attics, closets, closest, cabinets, or the underside of furniture all make great places for spiders to hide or build webs.

How do I get rid of spiders?

For a long-term solution to ridding your North Carolina property of spiders, it is best to partner with a professional. At Ray's Pest Control & Wildlife Removal, we work closely with our customers to learn about the specific pest problems they have been experiencing. Our pest experts provide our customers with the highest quality service to solve their current pest problem and keep them from returning. Since 1972 our family has been helping the families in the Winston-Salem, and surrounding areas maintain pest-free properties.

If you are experiencing problems with spiders, reach out to Ray's Pest Control and learn about our effective spider control solutions. For more information about our residential or commercial pest control programs, call us today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Don't leave whether or not spiders invade your property up to chance; partner with Ray's Pest Control and implement the following spider prevention tips:

  • Keep your home and yard free of clutter. Organize basements, attics, and closets. If you see any spider webs popping-up, immediately get rid of them. Store your clothes and other personal items in plastic containers with tight-fitting lids instead of cardboard boxes. Outside of your home, cut back overgrown grass, weeds, or shrubbery from its exterior walls.
  • Eliminate entry points into your home. The best way to avoid an infestation is to keep spiders out in the first place. Repair any damaged shingles or siding. Seal spaces you find in the foundation or around wires or pipes that are entering into your home. Place mesh covers over vents and drains. Inspect packages, deliveries, potted plants, or firewood for spiders before bringing them into your home.
  • Protect yourself from hidden spiders. When working in outbuildings like sheds or garages or while gardening, wear gloves. Before putting on clothing that you haven't recently worn, shake the items out to dislodge any hiding spiders. Things that you rarely use, such as towels or bedding stored in guest rooms, should be shaken out or inspected for hiding spiders before use.

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