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When Should I Be Worried About Black Widow And Brown Recluse Spiders In South Carolina?

a brown recluse spider on a rock

Have you ever wondered why spiders are such a feared pest here in America? It is certainly not because all spiders are dangerous, only 30 species out of 43,000 species of spiders have reportedly caused human death. Yet, because of these spiders, we consider all of them dangerous, if not at least scary. However, this fact does not mean that dangerous spiders do not exist here in South Carolina and may find their way into your home. Here are some spiders you should be keeping an eye out for, and when they may become a problem.

Seasonality For Black Widows And Brown Recluse

Spiders are warm-weather pests. Black widows begin having trouble functioning in temperatures less than 70°F. This may make them look picky, but it is just how they are built and it means as the weather outside heats up in late spring and early summer, these spiders will be out, and about, and potentially may wander into your home.

How These Spiders Get Inside

Typically venomous spiders will invade in one of a few ways. Here are some of the most common ways:

  • Through a crack or gap in your home's foundation
  • Through structural damage in your home’s exterior walls
  • Around improperly sealed door and window frames
  • Through tears and rips in window screens
  • Under doors/through open windows
  • On used furniture
  • On any item that you bring in from outside

Steps You Can Take To Keep Dangerous Spiders Away

There are several things you can do as a homeowner to keep venomous spiders from invading your home. Here are some good places to start:

  • Seal any cracks or gaps in your foundation using a high-quality caulk and caulking gun.
  • Fix any structural damage around your home where spiders could be getting inside.
  • Make sure your windows and doors are sealed properly so spiders cannot squeeze into your walls.
  • Repair or replace broken or torn window screens.
  • Install door sweeps under exterior doors.
  • Inspect used furniture and other items for unwelcome guests before bringing them inside.

The Only Sure Fire Way To Keep Dangerous Spiders Away

Although DIY steps can go a long way to keeping spiders at bay, they are not a perfect solution. However, professional spider control through Aiken Pest is. If you are worried about dangerous spiders invading your home this spring and summer, the qualified pest technicians here at Aiken would like to be of assistance. Let us share with you our success and find the solution to get and keep your South Carolina home spider-free. If you would like more information or would like to talk to one of our customer service representatives about how our treatments work, give us a call today! It would be our pleasure to help.