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.
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.