What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids, related to mites, ticks, and scorpions. Spiders are also arthropods, meaning that their skeletons are located on the outside of their bodies (exoskeleton). All spiders have 2 body regions (cephalothorax and abdomen), eight legs, no wings or antennae, and fangs (chelicerae) that they use to inject venom into their prey.

Most spiders have eight eyes, but it is not uncommon for some species to only have six. The size and color of a spider depends on its species. Some spiders may have chevron, mottled, or striped markings. Spiders are predatory and play an important role in the ecosystem by helping to reduce populations of nuisance insects. Continue reading to learn more about spiders in the area and how pest control in Pennsylvania can be helpful.

a spider on a plant outside of a home in pennsylvania

Are spiders dangerous?

Spiders can be a danger to people. Some spiders like black widow and brown recluse spiders have venom that is strong enough to trigger serious health problems in people. However, most spiders that live around and in our homes are nuisance pests, and pose no real health threats to people. If bitten by a nuisance spider, because their venom is not strong enough, you will not experience significant health problems.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Food, water, and shelter attract spiders to properties. Spiders live, breed, and feed outside in dark, quiet, sheltered spaces. However, spiders often find their way inside homes and other buildings while out and about searching for food. Open doors or windows, torn screens, and spaces in the foundation are all common spider entrance points. In addition, spiders can become problematic inside homes in the fall and winter months when they follow overwintering insects inside. They can also be introduced into homes on potted plants, inside boxes or packages, or on outdoor furniture that has been brought inside from outdoors.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders living outdoors create their webs or burrows in gardens, shrubs, bushes, overgrown vegetation, tall grasses, tree branches, between rocks and stones, underneath decks or porches, in wood piles, and in other protected spaces. When living inside, spiders hide out in dark, quiet, and out-of-the way places like closets, basements, attics, crawl spaces, walls voids, and cupboards. They can also be found inside clothing and shoes, underneath bedding, and in potted plants.

How do I get rid of spiders?

The easiest way to eliminate and control spider populations is to partner with a professional pest control company. Here at M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc., we offer responsive residential pest control and commercial pest control services in Pennsylvania to stop spiders from living and nesting inside of homes and other buildings. Our experienced and highly trained technicians perform thorough inspections. We provide modern treatments to eliminate current spider problems and prevent future problems with spiders and other common household invaders. To learn more about getting rid of spiders from your Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Berks, Philadelphia, or Delaware County home, contact M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc.!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Preventing problems with spiders is a difficult task. There are a few steps you can take to prevent them. The following tips can help to deter spiders from choosing your property to live on and finding their way into your home:

  • Remove wood piles, leaf piles, and other debris from your yard and property.

  • Cut back overgrown landscaping, shrubs, and bushes on your property and trim them away from the exterior of your home.

  • Repair clogged gutters and leaky fixtures.

  • Seal openings in the exterior of your home.

  • Seal spaces found around wires, pipes, cables, and other utilities entering your home from outdoors.

  • Make sure that screens and weather stripping are intact around windows and doors.

  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors, especially basement doors.


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