Spider Identification & Prevention
Spiders In Georgia
Finding spiders in your home may not seems like a big deal, but it can be, depending on the species you are dealing with and why they are there. Keep reading so we can tell you about the kinds of spiders you should watch for and what attracts them to your home.
Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders
What are spiders?
You're probably already familiar with spiders and their eight legs, but you may not know about three specific species in our area.
- Black widow spiders: Shiny black body with a reddish-orange hourglass marking
- Brown recluse spiders: Light to dark brown with a darker violin marking on the back
- Joro spiders: Various colors like gray and yellow bodies with red markings on the abdomen
Understanding how to distinguish between species is essential in case of a bite, as you will learn below. A local home pest control professional can help you identify and control spiders in or near your home.
Are spiders dangerous?
Although many people believe all spiders are dangerous, this isn't the case. There are only two medically dangerous species in the United States, the black widow, and the brown recluse. Unfortunately, both of these species live in our area, but the good news is they don't attack people just for the sake of attacking, and bites are rarely fatal.
In general, spiders use their fangs and venom to catch and subdue prey and protect themselves. So unless you bother one of these pests, they should leave you alone. If bitten by a black widow or brown recluse, it's important to seek medical attention. Also, keep in mind that some people are allergic to spider venom, so even a bite from a Joro spider can cause a reaction.
Why do I have a spider problem?
The most common reason people experience spider problems is that there are other underlying pest issues. Spiders are predators that feed on other insects, so if there are high populations of insects living on your property, then there is a good chance they will attract spiders.
Where will I find spiders?
The most common places to find spiders inside are under furniture, window frames, corners of rooms, and closets. They will also gravitate toward lightly-trafficked areas like the garage, basement, and attic as these places often have prey pests and provide quiet hiding spots.
How do I get rid of spiders?
To get rid of spiders, call us at ProCare Pest Services. When you work with us, we will first look over your property for Marietta, GA pest problems to ensure we implement the right treatments. Part of our control process is sweeping down spider webs to deter these eight-legged critters from living there. We also spray exteriors, cracks, crevices, sidewalks, and driveways and use treatment methods such as spot-treating problem areas, spraying baseboards, and applying a granular to the yard.
You can utilize our quarterly residential and commercial exterminator services to keep your home or business free of spiders and the pests they hunt. Contact ProCare Pest Services to find out how to get started.
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
Want to put an end to seeing spiders in your home? With our ongoing pest control services, you can keep spiders and prey pests away, but you should also implement these prevention tips to help reduce conducive conditions for these pests:
- Reduce moisture by repairing leaks, replacing water-damaged wood, and removing organic debris from the yard and gutters.
- To keep moisture from building up, use dehumidifiers in areas of your home where necessary.
- Remove garbage, crumbs, and open food containers to eliminate food sources for prey pests.
- Keep insects and spiders out by removing entry points such as gaps around windows and doors, cracks in the foundation and exterior walls, and damaged screens.
Reach out to our expert team at ProCare Pest Services for assistance with preventing spiders and the prey pests they feed on.
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