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Spiders

Spiders can be unsettling. Our Pest Control Plan† protects against them so you can enjoy every moment in the home you love.

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The only thing that should be making your house a home is you.

Our Pest Control Plan* can stop spiders from spinning their webs in your home. Enjoy peace of mind, knowing you’re protected all year-round.

Need help solving a spider problem? Schedule a service today.

*Treatments and Covered Pests defined in your Plan. Limitations apply. See Plan for details.

Know the signs

Spiders are found throughout the world but, with our help, they won’t be found in your home. Do you know what to look for?

  • Signs of trouble

    Spiders can indicate the presence of other pests on which they prey.

  • Instant Issue

    Spiders can quickly breed into infestations.

  • Hunting styles

    All spiders hunt for prey, but not all spiders spin webs.

  • On the clock

    There are at least 48,200 spider species. Most spiders live for two years at most.

Have no fear, help is here.

A thorough, professional inspection from Terminix® will reveal spiders’ hiding spots and help rid them from your home.

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Common species

There are over 4,000 types of spiders in North America. Let’s take a closer look at three of them.

Need some help identifying a spider?

All about spiders

Spiders are a diverse group of arthropods found throughout the world. Some species are tiny, while others, such as the tarantula, are very large. Although most common house spiders are harmless, widow spiders and brown recluse spiders are two common venomous types in the U.S.

Basic biology of spiders

Spiders are voracious predators, feeding on insects, other spiders and even small mammals and reptiles.

  • They differ from insects in that they have two, rather than three, body regions. These two regions are the cephalothorax — which contains the eyes, mouthparts and legs — and the abdomen.
  • Spiders have four pairs of legs, while insects have three pairs of legs. They possess modified appendages called pedipalps located in the front by the mouth, which in some species resemble an extra set of legs.
  • Most spiders have eight simple eyes located on the front of the cephalothorax, but some spiders have fewer eyes. The arrangement of these eyes is often used to distinguish between various species of spiders.
  • The abdomen is unsegmented and contains the genital structures, spiracles and the spinnerets used to spin silk.
  • Many types of spiders spin some type of web, and the shape or type of web is often as distinctive as the spider itself. Other spiders are active hunters that move about looking for prey, but they do not spin webs.

Avoiding bites

If your home has a brown recluse spider infestation, you can reduce the chances of bites by following these recommendations:

  • Clothing can be stored in sealed plastic bags inside drawers or inside plastic storage compartments hanging in closets. Shoes can be stored inside plastic shoe boxes.
  • Clothes that have been left on the floor, in a clothing basket or are otherwise exposed should always be shaken well and inspected before being put on.
  • Beds should be moved out so they do not touch walls or curtains. Bed skirts around the box springs should be removed from beds, and bedspreads coming near or touching the floor should not be used.

How to get rid of spiders

Some spiders may be harboring outdoors in piles of firewood and debris, under items lying on the ground or in voids in hollow blocks, while others may live in attics and crawl spaces or other areas throughout the home. A thorough, professional inspection from Terminix® will reveal these hiding spots and help eliminate spiders from your home.

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