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  • How to get rid of spiders

    Even though spiders provide a valuable service by eating many insects that are considered household pests, how to get rid of spiders is often a hot topic of conversation among homeowners. After all, spiders are nuisances that create unsightly webs, and some types of biting spiders can pose a threat to your family. By following a few simple steps, you can help protect your home from spiders.

    DIY spider treatment

    Many do-it-yourself products are designed to control spiders, but do not provide a long-term solution. A more proactive approach includes removing the things that attract spiders, such as piles of bricks, stacked firewood and other debris that makes for good hiding places for webs. You can also use a broom or vacuum to remove webs from around patio furniture, railings and plants. Changing outside lights to yellow bulbs also helps with getting rid of spiders.

    Ongoing pest control is another excellent option if you’re considering how to get rid of spiders. Large, persistent spider populations in your yard or around your patio indicate the presence of a nearby food supply. Reducing insects that spiders can feed on will also help control the spider population in your backyard areas.

    Professional treatment

    Using a professional pest control company is the best way to get rid of spiders. The trained technicians at Terminix® have the expert knowledge and experience to know what type of pests have infested the areas in and around your home, and they know the best methods for getting rid of spiders.


    The Terminix Pest Control Plan provides guaranteed protection against 27 of the worst kinds of pests, including many types of spiders. This plan includes:

    1. We start with an evaluation to develop a customized plan.
    2. An initial service inside the home gets to the pests you see and the pests you don’t.
    3. The exterior of your home is treated to help prevent new home invasions.
    4. Regular services create a perimeter around your home that helps keep pests out.

    And Terminix backs this plan with a 100% satisfaction guarantee*. Only Terminix offers the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee—the strongest guarantee in the business. If you need help getting rid of spiders, call Terminix at 1.866.766.7628 or visit them online at Terminix.com to get a FREE Pest Evaluation.

  • Home spider control | best options for your home

    Despite the fact that spiders are beneficial to keeping many insects and pests at bay, home spider control may be necessary for a number of reasons. First, it will help you avoid webs from appearing in and around your home. Spider control will also help protect your family from spiders whose bites can be dangerous, such as the black widow and brown recluse.

    Home spider control tips

    Large, persistent spider populations that are indoors indicate the presence of insects that make up their food supply. One goal of home spider control is to reduce insects that spiders can feed on; by doing so, you can reduce the number of spiders around your home. Piles of bricks, firewood or other debris also attract them because they build their webs there.


    Use a broom or vacuum to remove webs and destroy any egg sacs or spiders that you discover. Seal cracks around windows and doors, as well as around light fixtures, vents and ceiling fans. In some cases, sticky traps like those used for cockroaches can also help with home spider control.  Spider spray is available to treat surfaces, cracks and gaps where spiders may exist, but use caution when using these types of products. 

    When to call a professional

    If you notice a large spider infestation, it’s best to contact an expert in home spider control. The Terminix® Pest Control Plan provides guaranteed protection against 27 of the worst kinds of pests, including several types of spiders. This plan includes:

    1. We start with an evaluation to develop a customized plan.
    2. An initial service inside the home gets to the pests you see and the pests you don’t.
    3. The exterior of your home is treated to help prevent new home invasions.
    4. Regular services create a perimeter around your home that helps keep pests out.

    Terminix can help with spider control and offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee*. Only Terminix offers the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee—the strongest guarantee in the business. Certain pest solutions, such as those for brown recluse and black widow spiders, are available in select areas only and may require an additional inspection or service visit. Call Terminix today at 1.866.766.7628 or visit them online at Terminix.com to get a FREE Pest Evaluation.

  • Spider pest control | know which spiders to be wary of

    When it comes to the household, spider pest control can present quite a challenge on many fronts. Most spiders are harmless and actually eat insects, but they are probably not welcome in your home. However, since spiders are abundant, with an estimated 3,700 spider species in existence in North America alone, seeing one in your home is highly probable. Do you know how to tell harmless spiders from dangerous ones? Which spiders can you carry outside and which should prompt you to call for pest control? Pest control companies have the training to tell the potentially dangerous ones from the ones that are not. Sometimes it’s hard to tell, especially when vastly different species can look extremely similar.

    Brown recluse spiders

    You’ve probably heard of the brown recluse spider, a dangerous species whose bite can result in skin lesions in humans - that certainly warrants pest control. Brown recluse bites are serious and require medical attention. These spiders can squeeze through tight spaces and are often found on wood or cardboard, like storage boxes in your garage or shed, as they prefer rough surfaces. Typically about the size of a quarter, brown recluse spiders range from tan to dark brown, with the abdomen and legs uniformly colored. One of the best ways to identify these spiders is by their eye pattern, which is a semi-circular arrangement of six eyes in three groups of two, as opposed to the eight eyes of most other spiders. You can also identify the brown recluse by the violin-shaped mark on its back with the neck pointing to the rear of the spider. And you’ll notice a conspicuous absence of webs, because the brown recluse does not employ them to catch prey.

    Black widow spiders

    The black widow and western black widow spiders are also poisonous and common in North America. They are characterized by a similar body shape and reclusive habits. Both are shiny black with a red hourglass shape or markings under the abdomen.  Their webs are usually found under objects such as rocks and trash or under an overhanging embankment. Black widow spiders are not as common in homes as the brown recluse, but when they are found indoors, they are usually found in garages and under appliances or heavy furniture and not out in the open. Black widow spiders are usually timid and will only bite in response to being trapped against skin. People are usually bitten when they reach under furniture or lift objects under which a spider is hiding. With both brown recluses and black widows, bites are very serious and require immediate medical attention.

    House Spiders

    The common house spider might look dangerous, but is more of a nuisance than a threat. A tan, brown or grayish color, often with dark, triangular shapes on its abdomen, house spiders do not pose a danger to humans, but do create a mess by building webs in corners and under furniture. 

    Spider pest control from Terminix®

    If you encounter spiders in your home, call the trained technicians at Terminix® who can identify what type of spider you’re faced with and apply pest control for spiders that will rid your home of the ones you see and the ones you don’t.


    The Terminix Pest Control Plan provides guaranteed protection against 27 of the worst kinds of pests, including several types of spiders. Certain pest solutions, such as those for brown recluse and black widow spiders, are available in select areas only and may require an additional service. 


    To determine if the spider pest control solution you need is included in the Pest Control Plan and covered by the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee—the strongest guarantee in the business—visit Terminix.com or call 1.866.766.7628 today.
  • Natural spider control | how to keep spiders out of your home

    If you see a spider in your home, the first inclination is to eliminate it, which is easily accomplished with a rolled up newspaper or the heel of a shoe. Finding a spider inside leads many homeowners to seek natural spider control methods. However, that isn't a long-term solution and the first step is to become familiar with some common species you might encounter.

    Wolf spiders

    Wolf spiders are hairy and range from ½ an inch to two inches in length. They have a row of four small eyes with two large eyes above those and two more eyes behind those, and have excellent vision. They don’t build webs, but roam around looking for food, with mother spiders carrying hatchlings on their backs. They generally shy away from humans and, while their bites can cause minor reactions in some people, they are not venomous. They’re often found in garages, basements and around doors and windows.

    House spiders

    Common house spiders, as their name implies, are easy to find, as they may build webs in all rooms of a house. With a gray, black and white body with mottled markings on the body, it’s probably what you think of when you hear the word “spiders.” They spin webs inside and outside buildings, usually hung between two surfaces, like corners or between a wall and the eaves. House spiders are not harmful to humans and in fact feed on a variety of insects, including German cockroaches.

    Jumping spiders 

    Jumping spiders are very distinctive, and generally small in size. They are not harmful to humans and do not spin webs, instead choosing to pounce on their prey to catch it. With more than 5,000 species worldwide, this is the largest family of spiders. 

    Cellar spiders 

    Cellar spiders are often referred to as daddy longlegs spiders and are classified as pests because they make very large, unsightly webs. Typically found in damp cellars, basements, crawl spaces and warehouses, they are thin, pale spiders with extremely long legs.  Not harmful to humans, they usually eat small moths, flies, gnats, mosquitoes and other creatures that are common indoors.

    Natural spider control

    Natural spider control starts with doing everything you can to deter these pests from entering your home. Cutting off their points of entry is an effective way to be proactive in spider control. Spiders can make their homes almost anywhere, and attics, garages and crawl spaces are often their chosen paths into your home. Minimize the presence of spiders in your home by sealing all cracks around windows and doorframes and around light fixtures, vents and ceiling fans. Make sure you also seal all openings around pipes under sinks and behind appliances, cut back shrubs and trees that make contact with your home and regularly remove webs and spiders by vacuuming.


    These methods can help, but the best solution for long-term spider control is to turn to the trained technicians at Terminix®. Our Pest Control Plan provides guaranteed protection against 27 of the worst kinds of pests, including several types of spiders.


    To determine if the long-term solution you need is included in the Pest Control Plan and covered by the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee—the strongest guarantee in the business—visit Terminix.com or call 1.866.766.7628 today.

  • Spider control | how to keep spiders from invading my home

    Spiders pose an intriguing dilemma in the world of pests. They aren’t destructive, nor do they eat our food. In fact, although there are a few that are considered dangerous, overall, spiders are more of a nuisance than a threat, but that doesn't mean you want them in your home. However, many kinds of spiders wander indoors, including these common ones:

    • Black widows and brown widows are venomous. Their bites are rarely life-threatening, but do require medical attention. 
    • Brown recluses are potentially dangerous. Bites range in severity from no symptoms to open wounds. The trademark “violin” mark on the top of the head may be faint. They are found from Texas northeast to Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky and northern Georgia.
    • Cellar spiders have very long legs and spin tangled webs and they are harmless.
    • Jumping spiders hunt on foot. They are often colorful and hairy and usually small. They are agile and alert, but harmless.
    • Yellow sac spiders hunt at night without a web, and rest by day in “sleeping bags” spun where walls meet the ceiling. They are yellowish or cream in color, and are not considered a medical threat.

    How spiders get into your home & natural spider control

    Spiders are always searching for prey and mates and may stray into your home by accident. Many spiders like dark places, so basements, storage sheds and garages are favorite hangouts. Spider control hinges on addressing potential access points and the presence of prey (insects). Here are some of the ways spiders can enter your home: 

    • They can sneak under doors, through holes in window screens, and through cracks and crevices. 
    • Spiders hitchhike on potted plants, firewood and other objects brought in from outside. 
    • Spiders can come through openings around pipes under the sink and where electrical conduits enter or exit a home.

    And here are some potential solutions for controlling them:

    • Repair worn weather stripping on doors; mend holes in window screens; seal cracks and crevices, including spaces where plumbing and electrical conduits enter or exit the home.
    • Inspect potted plants, firewood and other objects brought in from outside thoroughly, including toys.
    • Vacuum spiders and their webs when you see them.
    • Sticky traps placed near potential entry points can intercept hunting spiders.

    Why expert help is the key to spider control

    Identifying which type of spider is in your home is necessary to determine the course of treatment to use for spider control. You could try other DIY steps, but why guess? Terminix® professionals have the knowledge and experience to determine if you have a species that warrants a special spider control solution.


    The Terminix Pest Control Plan provides guaranteed protection against 27 of the worst kinds of pests, including house spiders that are not venomous and don’t bite. Certain home spider control solutions, such as those for black widows and brown recluse spiders, are available in select areas only and may require an additional service.  


    To determine if the spider control solution you need is included in the Pest Control Plan and covered by the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee—the strongest guarantee in the business—visit Terminix.com or call 1.866.766.7628 today to get your FREE Pest Evaluation.

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  • How to get rid of spiders

    on Sunday, June 30, 2013 by Terminix

    Even though spiders provide a valuable service by eating many insects that are considered household pests, how to get rid of spiders is often a hot topic of conversation among homeowners. After all, spiders are nuisances that create unsightly webs, and some types of biting spiders can pose a threat to your family. By following a few simple steps, you can help protect your home from spiders. Read more
  • Home spider control | best options for your home

    on Saturday, June 29, 2013 by Terminix

    Despite the fact that spiders are beneficial to keeping many insects and pests at bay, home spider control may be necessary for a number of reasons. First, it will help you avoid webs from appearing in and around your home. Spider control will also help protect your family from spiders whose bites can be dangerous, such as the black widow and brown recluse. Read more
  • Spider pest control | know which spiders to be wary of

    on Friday, June 28, 2013 by Terminix

    When it comes to the household, spider pest control can present quite a challenge on many fronts. Most spiders are harmless and actually eat insects, but they are probably not welcome in your home. However, since spiders are abundant, with an estimated 3,700 spider species in existence in North America alone, seeing one in your home is highly probable. Read more
  • Natural spider control | how to keep spiders out of your home

    on Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Terminix

    If you see a spider in your home, the first inclination is to eliminate it, which is easily accomplished with a rolled up newspaper or the heel of a shoe. Finding a spider inside leads many homeowners to seek natural spider control methods. However, that isn't a long-term solution and the first step is to become familiar with some common species you might encounter. Read more
  • Spider control | how to keep spiders from invading my home

    on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Terminix

    Spiders are always searching for prey and mates and may stray into your home by accident. Many spiders like dark places, so basements, storage sheds and garages are favorite hangouts. Spider control hinges on addressing potential access points and the presence of prey (insects). Read more

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