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Spider control | how to keep spiders from invading my home

on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Terminix

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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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