Marietta's Comprehensive Guide To Spider Species And Prevention

Spiders can seem mysterious when you see them inside your home. How do they get inside? How do they go from room to room? And how do they survive indoors? The answers to these and other questions may actually surprise you. Many of the spiders you see in your home aren't from the outside; they live in your home. They go from room to room by using gaps you don't even realize you have, such as a gap within a ceiling vent, along a baseboard, or at the corner of a door frame. They also go from room to room by going right underneath your doors. As for what they eat to survive, they survive on bugs. That means when you see spiders in your home, you can know for sure that you have other bugs as well. These bugs live inside your walls, floors, and ceilings, just out of sight. They use the same gaps spiders use to go from their hiding places in your structural voids to your interior living spaces. How do you win a battle against a foe that can go in and out of your walls at will? Join us today as we discuss the common types of spiders in Marietta, how to identify them, what they do in your home, and where to apply spider-proofing to keep them out. If you'd like to have a professional take a look, keep us in mind. ProCare Pest Services offers advanced and environmentally friendly spider control in Marietta. We can help you get on top of any spider issue.

Spider Identification: How To Recognize Different Species

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All of the spiders in your home and on your property are not the same. Some spiders don't want to live in your home and will only come in for a short time. Others don't get in at all. Then, of course, we have spiders that do very well indoors and stay permanently when they find their way inside. 

Once inside, some spiders make webs and sit in those webs. You'll find webs like this in your garage or the space between your exterior windows and screens. Other spiders make webs but don't sit in them. They tend to have more than one web at a time. Then, there are the spiders that don't make webs at all. These spiders prowl your home in search of food without providing any evidence that they're around – until you see one. Here are a few common spiders you'll likely see in your Marietta home and some important facts about each.

Black Widow Spiders:

These are mostly outdoor spiders. Black widows don't prefer to live indoors because their preferred food is found outdoors. That is good news since black widow spiders have venom that is considered a medical concern for humans. You can tell when these spiders are in your home because they make noticeable webs out of strong fibers. You're also likely to see a black widow sitting in the center of her web upside down. Adult black widow females are the spiders to watch out for because the males are not known to bite. A female black widow is entirely black and has a red hourglass shape on the bottom of her abdomen.

Joro Spiders:

Joro spiders, scientifically known as Trichonephila clavata, are large and visually striking arachnids native to Japan. These formidable orb-weaving spiders are notable for their captivating appearance, featuring vibrant, distinctive colors such as yellow, red, and black, as well as intricate patterns on their abdomens. Adult Joro spiders exhibit a leg span of up to 5 inches, making them one of the larger orb-weaver species. They are proficient in constructing impressive, intricate circular webs, typically placed at eye-catching heights in forests and gardens. Despite their formidable size and striking appearance, Joro spiders are generally non-aggressive towards humans and primarily feed on insects, contributing to natural pest control. Their presence adds an enchanting element to Japan's diverse ecosystem, often fascinating and captivating those who encounter them.

Brown Recluse Spiders:

A brown recluse spider is small, so it can easily get into every space within your home, but that doesn't make it insignificant. These spiders seek out living space indoors and thrive in most homes. Some infestations are recorded as having as many as 5,000 of these spiders. While brown recluse spiders don't create webs to catch prey, you may see their webs lining gaps, cracks, or holes near the floor. Look for these webs in undisturbed locations within your home, as brown recluse spiders are definitely reclusive. If you see a small brown spider with no visible hairs, it is likely you've found a brown recluse. You may also look for the dark brown violin shape on its back. Keep in mind that this mark is very small, considering it is only about ¼ the size of the spider itself.    

These are the spiders you're up against inside your Marietta home. Most do not create webs and are considered hunter-spiders. The spiders you see most often are tiny spiders, as they can get around more easily indoors. If you see larger spiders, it is a warning sign of a large entry point. Now, let's quickly look at what spiders do inside your home.

Spider Problems: Why You Don't Want These Arachnids In Your Home

When you see one of these common household spiders crawling around in your home, is it cause for concern? How bad are these spiders really? The truth is that spiders aren't looking to bite you. Even all of the non-web-building hunter spiders above are not looking to bite you. They don't consider you prey. But having spiders in your home can result in unexpected contact. As a spider is moving about in your home, you may bring it into contact with your body when putting clothing on or when sliding your feet into your shoes. When this happens, you could get a bite. Most spider bites will result in a minor wound. The two that you need to watch out for are black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders. A black widow bite can lead to severe symptoms, and a brown recluse bite can result in spreading necrosis. But neither of these spiders is considered life-threatening as long as you seek medical attention following a bite. 

Spider-Proofing: Tips For Preventing Spiders In The House

The best way to prevent spider problems is to address the entry points spiders use to get into your home. If a spider can't get in, it won't get in. That makes sense, right? It is also true that a spider won't come out of your walls and into your main living areas if they can't find a route. You have a lot of control over how many spiders you see inside your home. The secret is knowing some of the common places that require spider-proofing. Let's begin with the exterior of your home. 

  • Walk around the perimeter of your home and examine your foundation slab. Look for any cracks or erosion. You can fill these cracks with mortar or expanding foam.

  • Inspect the points where utilities enter your home. If you have gaps around pipes or conduits, fill those gaps with expanding foam or a high-quality, water-resistant caulking material.

  • Check all of your exterior doors and make sure there are no gaps all the way around the thresholds. Replace weatherstripping if it isn't doing the job. Replace door sweeps if they don't make good contact all the way across. Use a caulking gun to fill in holes in your door frames and to seal around the frames.

  • Make sure all of your screens are in good repair and that you don't have any gaps around your screen frames.

  • Check where pipes come into your kitchen and bathroom. Fill gaps around your pipes with expanding foam or a quality caulking material. 

  • Use a caulking gun to seal gaps in your baseboards, door and window frames, and crown molding.

  • Pull the vent plates off your ceiling and wall vents, and use a caulking gun to fill in any gaps that could lead into your wall or ceiling voids.

  • Make sure all of your outlets have a faceplate.

These methods will help manage spider activity in your home. Spiders in Marietta don't make their own holes. They have to use holes that already exist. Keep in mind that your efforts will also help you keep bark scorpions from accessing your common areas as well. Pest exclusions are well worth the effort.

Professional Spider Control: When To Call In The Experts

When is the right time to call a pest control service provider? Our answer is simple: There is no time like the present. You don't have to wait until a spider has bitten you. ProCare Pest Services offers proactive spider prevention with our ongoing residential pest service packages. We use a multi-pronged strategy to remove spiders from your home and prevent entry. Here are some of the many benefits that come with a residential pest control service plan.

  • We deal with the food source that brings spiders onto your property, into your landscaping, and into your home. We spot treat around your home to reduce the insects and other bugs spiders eat.

  • We remove spider webs around your home and get rid of egg sacs, which can prevent hundreds of eggs from hatching inside.

  • We routinely inspect for spider activity around your home and apply targeted control methods as necessary.

  • During each visit, we apply a liquid application to the exterior of your home, which helps to keep spiders, insects, and other bugs out of your home. If you don't have bugs in your home, you'll have no reason for a spider to live with you.

  • In some cases, we may apply products in joists, outlets, and other hidden places to reduce pest activity and access. 

  • We can apply comprehensive exclusion work to seal all of the tiny entry points that spiders or scorpions use to enter your Marietta home.

If you're in Marietta, you're in our service area. Reach out to ProCare Pest Services for professional spider control for your home near you. We combine spider control with the other pest control services you require and provide you with a bundled deal. It is easy to get pricing and learn about our service options. Jump over to our contact page and drop us a line. We'll get right back to you with answers and advice. We're here to help you find the right solution for you, your family, and your home. Get connected today.

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