Spider Identification

What are spiders?

Spiders are those pesky eight-legged creatures that often live in our lawns and gardens and sometimes end up in our homes. As arachnids are not insects, spiders only have two body parts, eight legs, and many simple eyes. Spiders are wingless and do not fly.

All spiders can produce silk from spinnerets located on their abdomen. Some species use the silk they produce as a bungee cord to move far distances; some spiders build webs to capture prey, while others use it to line their burrows, to travel from place to place, or to wrap prey.

a wolf spider

Many species of spiders live across the United States; some of the most common spiders we all deal with include house spiders, black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders, and wolf spiders.

Are spiders dangerous?

The nuisance spiders you run into daily may startle you but will cause you no harm. Spiders are mainly viewed as beneficial because they are predators and feed on and naturally control populations of insects. Most spiders are not dangerous, but there are spiders living in the United States that cause medical issues by delivering venom strong enough to trigger health problems in people. Most notably, dangerous venomous spiders include black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders.

If you think you have black widows spider or brown recluse spiders living on your property, partner with a professional to correctly identify the species to protect yourself and your family from these dangerous pests.

Why do I have a spider problem?

The number of spiders living in an area reflects the amount of prey that is present. Spiders are predators and only live in an area providing them with viable food sources to hunt. Therefore, if spiders are living in your yard or home in large numbers, so are other insects. To control issues with spiders, you have to start by identifying and controlling the overall insect problem on your property.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders live in different places depending on their species. Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders build their chaotic appearing webs at ground level. Wolf spiders build burrows instead of webs but also prefer to stay at ground level. All three species live under woodpiles, shrubs, fallen trees, and clutter in sheds and other outdoor storage areas. House spiders are agile climbers, and they build their webs up off the ground in trees, in garden areas, under rooflines, in doorways, and around windows.

Inside our homes, spiders move to areas of a house that are quiet and offer them prey to hunt. Unlike other pests, spiders likely don't move inside to escape harsh weather. Rather, they come into homes in search of prey. When insects move indoors during periods of bad or cold weather, so do spiders. Attics, basements, walls voids, spaces above cabinets, corners of rooms, doorways, boxes, and clutter are often home to spiders.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Getting rid of spiders involves a comprehensive plan to get rid of other insects inside your home. Our experts at Natura Pest Control will inspect your home, identify pest problems, and come up with a plan to eliminate spiders and the insects they eat. We will work closely with you to control spiders on your Nevada property. We have a deep understanding of spider behaviors and the knowledge needed to accurately identify spider species as well as the insect prey they're hunting.

Our experts will meet your unique pest control needs using clean, green, organic products, providing you with the peace of mind that comes with a pest-free property. To learn more about eliminating spiders through our residential or commercial pest control services, call Natura Pest Control today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Stopping spiders from finding their way onto your property and then inside your home is difficult. The best way to avoid problems with spiders is to partner with a professional, implement routine pest control services, and eliminate elements from your property that attract spiders:

  • Cut back dense vegetation and overgrown from your home’s exterior walls.
  • Keep garages, sheds, basements, and attics as free of clutter as possible to reduce hiding spots for these eight-legged intruders.
  • Spiders will enter into structures through any opening they discover. Seal spaces in exterior walls, around windows and doors, and along the roofline.
  • Place a cap on the chimney, covers over vents, and seal spaces around air conditioners and utilities.
  • Inspect items stored outside for spiders and other critters before moving them back into your home.

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