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Spiders

Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders are of the order Araneae and are arthropods that have eight legs and six or eight eyes and distinct mouthparts that are modified into fangs that have the capability to inject venom.  Spiders are found all over the world and more than 40,000 different species of spiders have been identified.  Spiders have the ability to extrude silk from their abdomens, which allows them to create webs to help catch their prey.  Spiders prey on insects and other spiders, although some larger species have been known to take birds and lizards. There are a few species that are social and build communal webs to house anywhere from a few to 50,000 individual spiders.  Most spiders live at most two years, although some of the larger spiders can live up to 25 years in protected spaces.   Adult female spiders are larger than their adult male counterparts, sometimes dramatically larger.  Males can be recognized by the presence of an enlarged pair of ‘palps’, or mouthparts.  Male spiders are the ones that are more commonly found in homes because they tend to disperse during the mating season in search of females.  Spiders come in many different shapes and sizes, some are smooth, some have a light ‘fur’ covering their bodies and legs.  Spiders are very common in our service area.

Are they dangerous?Spider In A Home In Columbus OH

Spider bites usually result from a spider’s defensive or accidental interaction with humans.  99% of spider bites are considered harmless, but on rare occasions, the symptoms of a spider bite can include necrotic wounds, systemic toxicity and in very rare cases, death.  The chief concern with a spider bite is the venom that is injected into the victim.  Most spiders found in our area don’t pose a threat; however, a spider bite can be very unpleasant and uncomfortable and will irritate the skin.

So why do I have them?

There is no one particular reason why your home or business will have an infestation of spiders. You will generally find spiders looking for food in dark, moist areas where other insects tend to gather.

How do you get rid of spiders?

Getting rid of spiders in your home may rely on reducing spider populations outside the structure.  Removing rocks, wood piles, compost piles and other sheltering sites adjacent to the building can help eliminate the presence of spiders.  Filling cracks and crevices near the foundation of the building can also help eliminate the migration of spiders into the dwelling.  Sealing doors and keeping crawl spaces free of debris, moisture and other possible hiding places will help ensure that your property remains spider-free.  

Is the treatment safe?

Yes, the treatment is safe.  Rose Pest Solutions uses natural products, baits, and mechanical means as a form of treatment whenever possible. If conventional materials and methods are required, Rose Pest Solutions will follow very strict guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no threat to people or pets. Rose Pest Solutions only uses products that are registered by the EPA and our skilled service technicians will educate you about any specific safety measures that need to be followed.  All products are approved by the EPA and our service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken.

How soon can you get here?

Contact your nearest Rose Pest Solutions service center immediately for an appointment.
In many cases, we can respond within 24-48 hours.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Preventing spiders from entering your home or business can be very difficult.  One of the best methods of reducing spider infestations in the home is to reduce the spider population outside the structure.  Keeping your home clean can also help prevent future infestations.  When your home is clean and clutter free, there are fewer places for pests and spiders to take refuge.  Removing all existing spider webs can also help limit a future infestation of spiders.  If you have followed these tips and still have problems with spiders, contact Rose Pest Solutions today!

Are there Brown Recluse spiders in our area?

In the summer of 2018, we set out to prove that the Brown Recluse should not be a concern to residents in the Great Lakes States. Our entomologists offered a reward for anyone who could prove the existence of a Brown Recluse in their home with a photo. Rose Pest Solutions Entomologists did receive and confirm a handful of Brown Recluse spider populations in Michigan. What did we learn from this experiment?

  • Brown Recluse spiders are a rarity in our region
  • The houses with confirmed Brown Recluse populations had moved boxes or received shipments from parts of the country where Brown Recluses are known to live
  • Brown Recluses can survive here if someone drops them into a suitable environment
  • Nobody has found a Brown Recluse outside, which challenges claims that people have been bitten when gardening or camping
  • All of the infested homes inspected had either children or pets, but no one was bitten or demonstrated ill effects
  • They are timid spiders, so even when they are present in a home bites are uncommon
  • No homes adjacent to the infested homes reported the presence of Brown Recluse, indicating that they aren’t spreading to surrounding areas
  • There are a number of products that can be used to eliminate the spiders once they’ve been introduced to a home
  • Brown Recluse spiders are often confused with Funnel Weaver/Grass spiders
  • It’s okay to have a fear of spiders, but it’s not reasonable to be afraid of getting bitten by a brown recluse in this area

comparison of brown recluse and grass spider

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