November 7, 2019
Guide To Keeping Creepy Spiders Out Of Your Aiken Home
Most of the spiders that get into our Aiken homes are harmless. They live inside our cellars, basements, wall voids, and attic spaces. They rarely make an appearance in common areas. But there are some spiders that can become a problem. Let's take a look at what spider invaders get in during the fall and what you can do to keep them out.
Mostly Harmless Spiders — In our service area, we have a few common spider pests that only leave an itchy red welt when they bite. The most common is called the common house spider. That's a helpful name. Scientifically it is referred to as Parasteatoda tepidariorum. This spider species is very small and you are most likely to find them between your window panes and your screens. Common house spiders can roam around your entire home and accidentally bite you if they crawl on you while you're sleeping.
Poisonous Spiders — In our service area, we have two spiders that can cause a medically important bite wound. It is likely that you have heard of them. They are the brown recluse spider and the black widow spider. Brown recluse spiders are known for the necrotic properties of their venom. If necrosis expands around a bite wound, it can become a serious threat. Black widow spiders are known for their painful bites and the life-threatening symptoms that can result from envenomation. Fortunately, both of these spiders are somewhat reclusive and prefer to be in locations of your home that are not often traveled.
What You May Not Know About Spiders
There are over 35,000 species of spiders in the world. It is said that in our lives we are never more than 3 feet from a spider. This is because some spiders are microscopic and they live right on us. But they also live in the ground and inside trees and in the voids of man-made structures. Spiders are everywhere. You might not like the idea, but every home has spiders. There is just no getting around it. But not every home has spider problems.
3 Simple Steps to Prevent Spider Problems
The spiders you don't want in your home are common house spiders and poisonous spiders. Here are three simple steps to keep them out:
- Reduce food sources, moisture, and light around your home. This will reduce spider populations.
- Inside your home, reduce food sources and moisture. This will prevent spiders from coming out into your common areas to frequently get a bite to eat.
- Invest in residential pest control. A good pest plan reduces spiders and the food sources spiders are looking for.
If you live in Aiken or the surrounding area, reach out to Aiken Pest Control. We know what is required to prevent spiders from being a threat.