Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders are predatory arachnids that live and hunt for their insect prey in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Spiders in Michigan are naturally reclusive and have learned to live near people, staying mostly out of our sight. The one spider you see in your garden is just the tip of the iceberg; there are many more lurking around that you aren’t seeing.

a house spider coming out of its webbed home

Spiders are easy to identify; their two body segments, eight legs, wingless bodies, and lack of antennae give their presence away. Spiders have hollow fangs that they use to inject the venom they possess into their prey to paralyze them. They also have a special gland to produce the silk they use to wrap their prey with, line burrows, or create webs.

Are spiders dangerous?

Spiders are difficult to control, create unsightly spider webs, and their quick movements are unsettling. However, only spiders that have venom strong enough to cause a physical reaction in people are considered dangerous. Luckily for all of us, only a couple of dangerous spiders live in the United States.

Most of the spiders that take up residence in our yards and homes are harmless; while all spiders have venom, nuisance spiders only have venom strong enough to affect their insect prey.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are a problem on properties that offer them plenty of spots to build their webs or burrows and plenty of insects to hunt. Our lawns, gardens, and flower beds offer spiders plenty of food and shelter. When you find spiders in your home, it is because the spiders have followed their insect prey indoors. They may also move inside to find a dark, quiet area to lay their eggs. Once indoors, if there is food available, they generally stay until the food runs out or they are forced to exit.

Where will I find spiders?

The most common places to find spiders in your yard are the same places you will find large populations of insects. Some of the spider's most common gathering spots include:

  • Gardens and areas of dense landscaping
  • Grass
  • Outdoor eating areas
  • Trash cans and recycling bins
  • Outdoor light fixtures

If spiders have moved inside your home, they will gather in quiet areas where there is likely to be some insect activity. The corners of rooms, windows, spaces under furniture, basements, and sink areas are where homeowners often spot spiders.

How do I get rid of spiders?

At Wells Pest Control, we understand that Lake Orion area home and business owners don’t want their indoor and outdoor spaces overrun by spiders. To get rid of spiders from your property, trust our professionals and our more than 18 years of pest control experience. We take pride in building close relationships with our customers and working together to ensure that your property’s unique pest control needs are met.

To learn more about the pest control services in Michigan we offer to eliminate spiders from residential and commercial properties, reach out to Wells Pest Control today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

The following prevention tips can help stop spiders from taking over your home and yard:

  • Place gardens away from the exterior of your home.
  • Leave a barrier between any flowerbeds and your home’s exterior walls.
  • Inspect things like firewood, potted plants, and containers that have been outside before bringing them inside.
  • Remove leaf piles, excess wood piles, and other lawn debris from your yard.
  • Walk around the perimeter of your home, looking for cracks or other spaces that could allow spiders inside. Use silicone caulk or other material to seal those spaces.
  • Make sure there aren’t any openings around wires and utilities entering into your home. If any are discovered, use steel wool or another material to seal them.
  • Make sure weather stripping is placed around windows and doors and that screens are intact.
  • Knock down spider webs when you find them; if their webs are continuously disturbed, they will want to move elsewhere.

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