What are spiders?
Spiders mainly live outdoors and spend most of their days hunting prey. They either build webs with the silk they produce to catch their prey or lay in wait in burrows they create and chase down their prey as they happen by. When spiders live outside in wooded areas, fields, meadow, gardens, and other habitats, they help control populations of nuisance and dangerous insects like mosquitoes and aphids.
Being an arachnid and not an insect means that spiders have two body segments, eight jointed legs, many eyes, and lack wings and antennae; they also have a hard exoskeleton that protects their body.
Are spiders dangerous?
There are many different spider species that live throughout Georgia; most are harmless, just living in our yards and gardens foraging for insects and minding their own business. They usually only become a concern for us when they follow prey into our homes, decide to stay, and become a nuisance to contend with day after day.
There are two species of spiders living in our area that we need to protect ourselves, kids, and pets from: the black widow spider and brown recluse spider. Both spiders have venom potent enough to trigger health problems in people if a bite were to occur.
Why do I have a spider problem?
Spiders are reclusive creatures and want to stay out of sight of other animals and people. They will take advantage of any secluded area they find to hide or build a web. In more urban areas, spiders burrow and nest under roof eaves, behind shingles or window shutters, in doorways, and behind dumpsters.
Spiders will take advantage of the green spaces provided in more rural or suburban areas, living in grass, trees, landscaped areas, flower beds, and gardens. The biggest concern for spiders is the availability of prey. These arachnids will make themselves at home in any indoor or outdoor space that offers them plenty of insects to feed on.
Where will I find spiders?
The biggest reason why spiders move into our homes is that they have followed food inside. The presence of spiders in your home is an indicator of an overall pest problem that you need to address. Spiders won’t stay in an area where there is a lack of food. Once they move inside, they retreat to dark, quiet areas, such as basements, attics, walls voids, tops of cabinets, under furniture, closets, and utility rooms. These unwanted houseguests also build their unsightly webs in the corners of rooms and windows.
How do I get rid of spiders?
Get rid of spiders from around your home or business by partnering with the local pest control experts at Alternative Pest Control. We are passionate about providing our customers with exceptional customer service and superior pest control solutions.
Using Integrated Pest Management techniques, and customized services, we will solve your current pest problems and stop them from returning. Maintain a residential or commercial property free of spiders and other pests with the help of Alternative Pest Control!
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
Taking the following steps will help you stop spiders from taking over your Georgia property. In conjunction with our pest control services, our prevention tips will help you guard your home against spiders.
- Seal openings around windows and doors and the foundation of your home. Doing so will work to keep both insects and spiders out of your house.
- Place tight-fitting screens in windows and doors.
- Stop large numbers of insects from foraging for food and breeding in trash and recycling bins by keeping lids on the containers.
- Maintain your lawn and gardens to prevent them from overgrowing and offering hiding spots for both spiders and insects.
- Vacuum and dust your home to eliminate spiders and their webs.
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