What Are Spiders?
Spiders are pests that we have a unique relationship with; they are both helpful and unwanted at the same time.
Spiders are predators and help control nuisance insects and gardens pests that could cause harm to plants and crops. However, when spiders take over our outdoor spaces or decide to move into our homes, they become unwanted pests like the insects they feed on.
Spiders are arachnids which means they have two body segments, eight legs, many eyes, and lack wings and antennae.
Are Spiders Dangerous?
There are dangerous spiders in our area; the most problematic spider is the black widow spider. Like all other spiders, Black widow spiders have venom to paralyze their insect prey.
However, unlike most spiders that only have venom strong enough to affect their small insect prey, they have venom strong enough to cause harm to people. Though black widow spiders aren’t aggressive, symptoms could become severe enough to require medical attention if an accidental bite were to occur.
What Attracts Spiders to a Home?
Several factors can attract spiders to a home. Understanding these factors can help you take preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of a spider infestation:
Abundant Prey: Spiders are attracted to places where they can find an ample supply of insects to eat. If your home has a high population of insects, spiders may be drawn to the potential food source.
Warmth: Spiders are cold-blooded creatures, and many species are attracted to warmth. In cooler weather, they may seek shelter indoors to stay comfortable.
Shelter and Hiding Places: Clutter, piles of debris, and dark, undisturbed areas provide ideal hiding spots for spiders. They seek shelter in such places to build their webs and lay eggs without disturbance.
Moisture: Some spider species are attracted to damp or humid environments. Leaky pipes, standing water, or high humidity levels can create favorable conditions for spiders.
Outdoor Lighting: Insects are drawn to outdoor lights, and spiders follow the insect activity. If your home has bright outdoor lighting, it may attract spiders seeking to catch prey.
Plants and Vegetation: Gardens and landscaping close to your home can create a spider-friendly environment, especially if there are many insects around. Tall grass, shrubs, and overgrown vegetation provide hiding spots for both spiders and their prey.
Open Windows and Doors: Spiders can enter homes through open windows and doors. They may be attracted by lights indoors and accidentally find their way inside.
Pet Food: If you have pet food stored openly, it can attract insects, which in turn attract spiders. Consider keeping pet food in sealed containers to minimize potential food sources for spiders.
Lack of Regular Cleaning: Dust, dirt, and debris provide suitable surfaces for spiders to anchor their webs. Regular cleaning can help eliminate these potential nesting sites.
Unused or Infrequently Used Areas: Spaces that are rarely disturbed, such as basements, attics, or storage areas, can become attractive to spiders. Regularly clean and organize such areas to reduce potential hiding spots.
To minimize the attraction of spiders to your home, it's essential to address these factors. Regular cleaning, proper sealing of entry points, and pest control measures to reduce insect populations can significantly decrease the likelihood of a spider infestation.
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Spiders are outdoor pests, and though we may not like them, they aren’t going anywhere. More often than not, spiders and people coexist quite well. They live in our yards and gardens without much notice, feasting on the insects that also call our yards home.
Typically spiders only become a problem when they start to move into our homes, garages, and sheds. The reason spiders move indoors from the outside is because their insect prey has moved indoors. Things that drive insects into our homes include moisture, food odors, and the promise of warm, safe shelter.
Where Will I Find Spiders?
Spiders are natural introverts and nest and hide in dark, quiet, secluded areas. Some of the species in our area are listed below.
Wolf spiders are large, hairy spiders that build burrows in the ground. Inside homes, they nest at ground level, hanging out along walls, under furniture, and in the bottom of closets.
Hobo spiders create funnel-shaped webs. In our homes, hobo spiders hide and hunt insects in basements, crawl spaces, and under sinks.
Black widow spiders build their webs at ground level. If they ever move into your home, you will likely discover them in the basement, in the bottom of closets, and under furniture.
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How Can I Prevent Spiders in the Future?
Prevent problems with spiders using the following recommendations.
- Store your family’s food and your pet’s food appropriately to keep it from attracting insects into your home that spiders like to eat.
- Address moisture issues in and around your home that attract moisture-loving insects that spiders feed on.
- Clear away the clutter on your property that provides spiders with hiding spots.
- Keep spiders out of your home by sealing spaces in your home’s exterior. Caulk cracks in the foundation, place mesh covers over drains, and repair damaged roof shingles or siding.