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Hampton Roads Homeowners' Choice Spider Prevention Guide

March 18, 2022 - Spiders

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The fear of spiders is a very real and common problem for a lot of people. Who can blame them? They are very eerie-looking creatures with way too many legs. To make matters worse, there are a couple of species here in Hampton Roads that are considered dangerous spiders. Fortunately, most spiders you’re apt to come across are harmless, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to share your living quarters with them.

Spiders are a frequent problem in Hampton Roads homes and not one as easily solved as most people would think. Your best bet for complete spider control is to contact the professionals at your local pest control company in the Hampton Roads area. Here at Diamond Exterminators, we have highly trained technicians ready to take on any spider issue you may come across.

Characteristics Of Common Spiders

The most common types of spiders you’re likely to encounter in your Hampton Roads home are common house spiders, wolf spiders, orb weavers, brown recluses, and black widows.

  • Common house spider: These spiders are typically yellowish-brown and have angled dark markings. They are 3/16 to 5/16 of an inch long. They create tangled webs in the corners of basements, garages, and closets.
  • Wolf spider: They are one of the larger species of these home invaders, growing to a length of 1 3/8 inches. Their bodies are brown and hairy with pale-colored stripes. They stay more at floor level, under furniture, or in the corners of rooms.
  • Orb-weaver: As their name indicates, they’re known for their circular, intricate webs. They vary quite a bit in their coloring but are usually brightly hued. They are nocturnal spiders that construct their webs outside in bushes, weeds, and trees.
  • Black widow: They are well known for the red hourglass shape on the abdomens of females. Males lack the hourglass, instead sporting a small group of red dots on their backs. The female is black and approximately 1 ½ inches long, while males are about half the size of females. You’ll find them in low-lit areas like crawlspaces and basements.
  • Brown recluse: These light to dark brown spiders have a violin-shaped marking on their backs. They are ¼ to ½ inch in length with long skinny legs. Brown recluses prefer dry, dark spaces like log piles and basements.

Spiders can be quite a nuisance, and on rare occasions, dangerous. This makes the ability to identify the different spiders in your home crucial. Spiders like the black widow or brown recluse can be a force to be reckoned with.

Not All Spiders Are Dangerous But Most Can Bite

Almost any spider you come across has the ability to bite and will if provoked. Most spiders are not aggressive by nature but will defend their territory. All spiders have venom in order to kill their prey. Fortunately, most aren’t potent enough to pose a health risk to humans. These bites will usually just result in a red, swollen bite mark with minimal pain if any.

On the other hand, the more venomous spiders should be taken seriously. If bitten by a black widow or brown recluse, it is urgent that you seek medical attention as soon as possible if symptoms worsen. Removal of these spiders and their webs is best addressed by professional exterminators.

Six Simple Yet Effective Spider Prevention Tips

Most spiders’ main food source is insects. Good housekeeping and other common insect control measures can go a long way toward keeping spiders away.

  1. Keep food pantries, kitchen floors, and countertops clean. Wipe up crumbs and spills as soon as possible.
  2. All doors and windows should be kept closed and have a tight seal. 
  3. Cleaning products with citrus or vinegar added help deter spiders.
  4. Turns off outside lights when not in use.
  5. Pet dishes shouldn’t have pet food left in them for long periods of time.
  6. Seal up potential access points where spiders may enter your home.

Spider control can be a difficult and ongoing problem. These tips can help a lot in spider prevention but aren’t always 100% successful. 

Professional Pest Control Is Great Spider Control

Using a professional pest control service is your safest and most effective choice for complete spider control. Diamond Exterminators has more than 20 years of reliable and quality pest control. Learn about our home pest control and commercial pest control services that can solve your spider issues.