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What Are House Spiders?

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Are you seeing webs appearing in the corners of doorways? Or encountering tiny spiders in unexpected places all around your home. If so, there is a good chance you've been invaded by house spiders. These spiders prefer to live inside and can often go long periods living within wall voids and infrequently visited spaces so that they are not noticed. But when populations grow, they are sure to start appearing more and more in living spaces.

Identifying House Spiders (Parasteatoda tepidariorum)

These spiders range in size, with the females being a little larger than the males. They are brown or gray, but some have brown or white spotting on their abdomens. Male house spiders have an orange tint, while the female's legs are more of a yellow color. One noticeable mark on a common house spider is the dark rings on its legs, most prominent at the joints.

The Problem With House Spiders

  • If you are seeing a lot of these spiders, chances are there are lots more inside your walls and, since they have established themselves there to catch prey, there are a lot of other pests inside there as well. Lots of bugs inside your walls means you have entry points on the outside of your home. These points can be chewed by other pests until larger insects and even animals (such as mice) can squeeze in.

  • Webs can be a nuisance. Not only are they unsightly, but walking into them is no fun.

  • These creatures can reproduce quickly. No one likes having a spider drop down on them suddenly.

  • House spiders can bite. Although they don't prefer to bite people, they will if they are provoked, such as when you crawl into bed with an unsuspecting spider.

House Spider Prevention Tips

  • Keep outside lights off at night or replace the bulbs with insect-resistant bulbs.

  • Seal up gaps, cracks, and holes on your foundation and outer walls.

  • Actively try to eliminate other bugs from your home. If spiders cannot find food sources, they will not stick around long.

  • Sticky traps or glue traps may be helpful in eliminating some of the spiders.

  • Reach out to a pest control company.

How Aiken Can Help

Aiken Pest has been helping folks become spider-free for half a century. Our educated, certified pest professionals are equipped with the knowledge and tools to rid your home of house spiders, and any other household pest that may be plaguing you. Get a quality of life upgrade today. Give us a call to learn more about our residential pest control plans.

 

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