Spider Identification

What are spiders?

Spiders are 8-legged pests that belong to the group of creatures known as arachnids. They are related to scorpions, ticks, and mites. All spiders have venom glands, but not all spiders have venom that is strong enough to cause health problems in people; in fact, most of the spiders we come across are simple nuisance pests. Spiders are eco-important because they hunt and help to reduce populations of garden and other nuisance insects. In addition to having 8 legs, all spiders have two body parts, 8 legs, and fangs (chelicerae). Spiders are wingless and they lack antennae.

 large spider in the floor in a home in tukwila washington

While all spiders are capable of producing silk, not all use the silk to create webs. Some species of spiders burrow in the ground and use the silk to line their burrows. The silk spiders produce is also used to help them climb, to create egg sacs, or to help them find their way back and forth from nest to food source. There are a variety of spiders that live in our area, below is a list of the most common.

  • Hobo spider

  • Giant house spider

  • Wolf spider

  • Orb-weaver spider

  • Garden Spider

  • Black widow spider

  • Brown recluse spider

Are spiders dangerous?

While spiders may get a bad rap, the truth is, most spiders we come across are harmless, pose no danger to us, and want to stay away from us just as we do from them. Garden spiders, orb-weaver spiders, hobo spiders, and even giant house spiders and wolf spiders despite their large size, are nuisance spiders.

With that being said it is also important to understand that there are species of dangerous spiders living throughout the United States. Both black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders are dangerous spider species. Their venom is potent enough to trigger significant health problems in people. The good news though is while a bite from either species is serious, with professional medical intervention the symptoms are easily managed.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Insects living in your yard or inside your home are attracting spiders to your property. Spiders are outdoor pests and found living in almost any environment, but live in higher numbers on properties that have plenty of insects for them to hunt and feed on. Spiders don’t usually move inside to escape cold weather, but do tend to move inside in the late fall and winter months because that is the time of year when a lot of insects (their prey) move indoors to overwinter.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders are shy and reclusive by nature so whether they are living inside or outside they will choose dark, quiet, secluded places to burrow or build their webs. Web-building spiders like black widows, garden spiders, and orb-weaver spiders create their webs along the ground, under decks, in shrubs, or up high in trees, under roof eaves, and in doorways. Burrowing spiders like wolf spiders nest at ground level under bushes, shrubs, woodpiles, fallen trees, and rockpiles. Spiders that have moved indoors choose quiet, less-traveled areas to hide out and hunt for insects such as basements, closets, attics, areas under sinks, and spaces underneath furniture.

How do I get rid of spiders?

For homeowners looking for a responsible approach to get rid of spiders, partner with Alta Pest Control. We focus on low-impact pest control that is effective at eliminating spiders and other household pests while minimizing the impact on the environment. Let our family owned company protect your home and family from our area’s most persistent household invading pests! If you are looking for more information about our spider control services, reach out today and speak with one of our friendly and helpful professionals!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

With the help of the professional services found at Alta Pest Control and the following tips, you will prevent spiders from becoming a problem in your Spokane, WA home.

  • Cut tree branches, shrubs, and, bushes away from the exterior of your home.

  • Make sure window and door screens are completely intact.

  • Place mesh covers over vents leading into your home.

  • Remove debris and clutter from your home and yard.

  • Keep storage areas inside your home organized to limit hiding spots.

  • Sweep away any spider webs you discover.

  • Keep the grass cut short and remove overgrown vegetation from your yard.

  • Carefully inspect your home’s exterior sealing any openings in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline of your home.

 

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