Spiders can be a common and sometimes unwelcome sight in homes, especially during the cooler months when they may seek shelter indoors. While most spiders are generally harmless and can even be beneficial by controlling pest populations, some people may still be uncomfortable with having them in their homes. In these cases, professional pest control services can be useful for taking care of spider infestations.
There are many different species of spiders that can infest homes, and the most effective method of control will depend on the specific type of spider present. Some common spider species that may infest homes include:
- House spiders: House spiders are the most common type of spider found in homes. They are generally small and brown in color, and are harmless to humans. They are typically found in corners, under furniture, and in basements or crawl spaces.
- Wolf spiders: Wolf spiders are large, agile spiders that are found on the ground or in low-lying vegetation. They can be brown or black in color and are active at night. While they are generally not aggressive, they may bite if they feel threatened.
- Black widow spiders: Black widow spiders are venomous spiders that are found in dark, secluded areas such as basements, crawl spaces, and sheds. They are black or dark brown in color, with a distinctive red hourglass shape on their abdomen. Black widow spiders are known for their venomous bites, which can be harmful to humans.
- Brown recluse spiders: Brown recluse spiders are also a venomous spider species and they prefer dark, hidden areas as well. They are light brown in color, with a violin-shaped marking on their abdomen. Brown recluse spiders are known for their very painful bites that can leave permanent scars.
To control spider infestations, professionals may use a variety of methods depending on the specific species present and the severity of the infestation. Some common methods include:
- Chemical pesticides: Chemical pesticides can be effective for controlling spider populations that are out in the open.
- Physical removal: Spiders, their webs, and their nests can often be removed physically with the use of a specialized vacuum tool.
- Exclusion methods: Exclusion methods involve sealing any cracks or openings in the home that the spiders could use to access the building, and special insecticides, such as residual insecticides, which will make certain areas of the home impassible.
- Natural methods: Some natural methods of spider control include using essential oils or other natural products to repel spiders, or using sticky traps to capture and remove them.
For more information on the various species of spiders out there and the methods that can be used to remove them, or if you have an infestation in your home, contact us today.