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Everything You Need To Know About Spider In Helena, AL

Spiders are common pests, and some are more dangerous than others. Our guide will give you the information you need about the types of spiders, the dangers they pose, why spiders come into our homes and how we can keep them out with pest control in Helena, AL.

Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders are eight-legged arachnids that commonly invade homes in search of insect prey. Common spiders in our area include:

  • House Spiders: Not surprisingly, house spiders are common inside homes. They grow to be around a quarter inch in size, and while their coloring is highly variable, they are often yellowish brown with a cream-colored abdomen and dark stripes.
  • Brown Recluse Spiders: Often misidentified as house spiders, brown recluse spiders grow a bit larger at up to half an inch in size. They are brown with a dark brown violin-shaped marking on their back, and they lack stripes or markings on their legs that are common with house spiders.
  • Black Widow Spiders: Even larger than the brown recluse, black widow spiders grow to an inch and a half long. These spiders have bulbous black bodies and a red hourglass shape on the underside of their abdomen.
  • Cellar Spiders: These spiders have small bodies but exceptionally long legs. They are pale yellow to light brown or gray.

There are around 3,000 species of spiders in North America, but only a few are cause for concern.

Are spiders dangerous?

Most of the spiders you will find in our area do not pose a significant medical threat. They do have fangs and venom but are designed for hunting insects – not people. Of all the spiders you might find in your home, the only two you really need to be concerned about are the black widow and the brown recluse.

The black widow has venom up to 15 times more powerful than a rattlesnake, and their bites warrant immediate medical attention. It may take a bit longer to develop symptoms from a brown recluse bite, but this is another spider whose bite should be followed with medical care. Brown recluse bites can develop into dangerous and painful necrosis.

The good news is that both dangerous and nuisance spiders are more likely to flee than to bite if given the opportunity. Still, if you notice an increase in the number of spiders on your property, it's a good idea to check in with a home pest control professional.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are one of the few pests that enter our homes without interest in our food or belongings. Spiders are hunters, and they follow their insect prey. If you have spiders in your home, you will likely have other pests. Spiders are far more likely to enter homes with pest issues like flies or cockroaches. If you notice more spiders around your home, it's time to check in with a pest professional, both for spiders and whatever is attracting them. 

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders are generally shy creatures and tend to hide in dark, humid areas where they won't be disturbed. Nesting areas can vary greatly depending on the type of spider. Some places you may find them include cluttered storage areas or the upper corners of rooms. Some spiders will nest near your house in wood piles or outbuildings.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Given the dangers posed by certain spiders as well as the likelihood of a secondary infestation, the best way to get rid of spiders is often with professional home pest control or commercial pest control from experienced professionals like Farmers Pest Control. We are a veteran-owned company providing services that are safe for pets and children and follow Integrated Pest Management methods.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Defense is the best offense. There are things you can do to prevent spiders from getting into your home in the first place, such as:

  • Store food and trash properly to avoid attracting insects that spiders hunt.
  • Eliminate excess sources of water such as leaky pipes or faulty drainage.
  • Seal cracks and crevices in your exterior walls and foundation and install weatherstripping to prevent spiders and their prey from getting inside.
  • Organize cluttered areas of your home to reduce places spiders could hide.
  • Keep up on landscaping to eliminate outdoor harborage areas.

For more help with kid & pet safe pest control treatments or any other pest concern, call Farmers Pest Control!