- Start cleaning. Spiders seek places to hide in your house and the best way to keep them out is to CLEAN! Choose plastic tubs for storage instead of cardboard boxes as spiders can gain entry into boxes. And don’t forget to dust and vacuum regularly!
- Take a look at the exterior of your house. Are bushes or ornamental plants touching your house? Trim them back to prevent spiders from using them as superhighways into your home.
- Check the exterior of your house for cracks around windows and doors or torn window screens. Caulk any cracks and crevices and repair screens.
- Turn off lights. While spiders are not attracted to light, many of the pests they eat are drawn to light.
Most spiders are fairly harmless but for those who do not want these eight-legged critters to share their life space, here are some tips:
If you see either of these spiders in your home, give us a call. 800-650-PEST.
Here are a few preventive tips for avoiding spiders and actions to take if you are bitten.
If a spider bites, it’s probably because it feels If you have a spider problem, call DA Exterminating today! 800-650-PEST!
If you have a spider problem, call DA Exterminating today! 800-650-PEST!
Hairy spiders like the wolf spider bring to mind horror films, tarantulas and other horrifying critters but in reality, they are rather harmless. But we do get calls now and then from frantic New Orleans residents saying they’ve seen a rather large spider about the size of a quarter! So we thought we’d give you some information about these creepy looking pests. (Spiders are not insects, they are arachnids with eight legs and eight eyes.)
They are named as such because they were previously thought to hunt in groups, in contrast to spiders catching their prey in webs. Wolf spiders are also characterized by good vision, females carrying their egg sacs with them (most do), and eight eyes.
Ranging in length from a half inch to one inches, these guys are usually drab brown or gray in color with radiating marks on the head and thorax, providing camouflage for the specific environment. Wolf spiders are often confused with the brown recluse spider, but wolf spiders lack the violin shaped marking and they are much larger than brown recluse spiders.
Wolf Spiders are found in just about all environments in coastal and inland areas worldwide. The fall is the time of year when they are most often spotted as, like other pests, they are looking for a warm place to spend the winter. And your home is just the ticket!
Wolf spiders are not aggressive, but will bite if provoked. Their bite, however, is not usually considered dangerous to humans, but swelling, pain, and itching may result. Until around 1990 wolf spider bites were treated with antivenom but that stopped when a study showed it was unnecessary. That’s also why it is a little bit confusing to answer if this spider is venomous, or poisonous, because it really is. It is just not venomous enough to inflict serious damage to people due to its venom.
The best way to prevent wolf spiders is to seal cracks and shut doors and windows. Also make sure your home is not suitable for the insects that wolf spiders feed on like crickets, grasshoppers, earwigs, flies, and ants.
Remember, DA Exterminating solves all kinds of pest problems, so give us a call today – 800-650-PEST.
As the fall season approaches, we’re getting calls from homeowners about spiders. House spiders have a difficult time surviving in modern homes due to low humidity and fewer insects for food. They are more likely to prosper inside structures like garages, sheds, barns and warehouses. Outside, these domestic spiders are often around windows and under eaves, especially near light sources that attract prey. Common house spiders are nuisance pests, but they pose no threats to humans.
This is the time of year when spiders become more evident and troublesome so we’ve put together some helpful hints to prevent and eliminate these critters. (By the way, spiders are NOT true insects as they have 8 legs instead of 6 found on true insects.)
The best way to prevent spiders is to sign up for our Total Home Protection Program!! Call today!
Want to learn more?
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