When you walk around inside your home, do you fear that you will run into a spider? If so, you either have a serious phobia of these pests or you have seen them around many times recently. Either way, it is important that you have peace of mind in knowing that these arachnids are not around and will not cause you trouble. How do you get this peace of mind? Well, you have some options. Some people choose do-it-yourself prevention tips to keep these pests at bay. These tips can go a long way in reducing your chances of finding a spider infestation indoors. An even more effective option involves bringing in a pest control professional. Contact our team at B&T Pest Control if you want immediate help with pest control in Jacksonville to deal with spiders or other pests inside your home. Keep reading to learn more about DIY methods, the problems spiders cause, and what spider species are common in our area. We have everything you need to know!
The Types Of Spiders That Invade Jacksonville Homes
Spiders in Jacksonville are all over the place. Some are large and scary. Others are small and subjectively cute. All can be a problem when they invade homes. To help you better understand what types of spiders might cause trouble inside your living areas, here is how to identify each.
Jumping spiders are often tiny and come in a variety of colors, including brown, tan, or gray. These pests often have red, yellow, white, gray, blue, or green markings. Another distinguishing feature of jumping spiders is their large, and somewhat adorable, forward-facing eyes. If you see a spider jump inside your home, you can assume that it is one of these pests.
Crab spiders are about ½” long and are gray or brown in color. This arachnid’s two forward pairs of legs are much longer than its rear legs, hence the name crab spider. Unlike crabs, however, crab spiders do not move from side to side.
Wolf spiders are ¼ to 1 ⅜” long, have wide-set, hairy bodies, and are dark brown with pale markings. This ground spider is fast on its feet and can be found hiding inside homes around storage boxes and in other secluded areas.
Orb weaver spiders are anywhere from ½ to 5” long (that's total leg span), depending on the species, and can vary in color from reddish-brown to grey, to an array of bright colors. These web-building spiders are most commonly found outside homes but do invade from time to time.
Black widow spiders are 1 ½ to 1 ⅜” long and are jet black with a red hourglass marking on the underside of their bulbous abdomen. These arachnids live near their irregularly shaped webs and can be found inside and around local homes.
Brown recluse spiders are ¼ to ½” long and are light to dark brown with a dark violin-shaped marking behind their head. This ground spider loves to hide around cluttered areas and is found in a variety of areas here in Jacksonville.
Knowing what kinds of spiders are inside your home is difficult. If you are having trouble identifying these pests and would like help with this, let us pay you a visit. Our team at B&T Pest Control is adept at identifying spiders and would be happy to find out if your home has an active infestation of these pests.
Most Spiders Are More Of A Nuisance Than A Danger
If there is one good thing about spiders it is that the majority of these pests are not a threat to your health. In fact, most spiders are more beneficial than problematic. This is because they are a natural form of pest control. The only problem is, you would have to deal with a lot of spiders inside your home to get freedom from other local pests! We think that a better solution is to keep all of these invasive creatures out by using some form of pest control. We will talk more about how to obtain professional spider prevention and control in just a bit.
Although most spiders in our area are not a threat to your health, there are a couple of species that you should be worried about. We are talking about black widows and brown recluses. Both of these dangerous spiders can pose a serious threat to your health. Now, your chances of being bitten by one of these arachnids are fairly low. You would have to not only run into one of these pests but also threaten or trap them to the point where they feel it is necessary to bite you to get free. If you do get bitten by a brown recluse or a black widow, expect moderate to severe pain and several uncomfortable symptoms including things like nausea, swelling, sweating, and discomfort. You can also expect things like irritability from black widow bites and possibly necrosis from brown recluse bites.
As a general rule, you should avoid spiders that you are unsure about. This is the safest way to live when these pests are around. To help you avoid dangerous as well as harmless spiders here in Jacksonville, do not hesitate to involve our team at B&T Pest Control. We are a local and licensed pest control provider that has everything you need to identify, combat, and prevent spiders and other invasive creatures. Before we talk more about your options for professional spider control in Jacksonville, let’s break down some prevention tips you can use to avoid these pests inside and around your home.
Five Easy And Effective Spider Prevention Tips For Around Your Home
Spiders invade homes for one main reason, to find something to eat. If you didn’t know, spiders eat pests like flies, beetles, cockroaches, wasps, bees, ants, and moths. They catch their prey by either hunting from the ground or by building nests. Keeping this in mind, if you want to prevent spiders from getting into your home and causing trouble, you have to also prevent the pests they invade to hunt. Here are five easy and effective methods to do this.
- Thoroughly inspect your home’s exterior foundation for any gaps, holes, or cracks. Seal off any and all of these potential entry points using some silicone caulk or liquid cement. With this, make sure all of the pipes and wires that lead into your home are installed properly and do not have spaces or gaps around them.
- Check all of your home’s windows and doors to make sure they are in good condition and properly sealed. You can use things like weatherstripping, door sweeps, and screens to provide extra levels of protection to seal these potential entry points.
- Check to see if your exterior lights are normal LED or filament bulbs. If they are, consider replacing them with yellow, pink, or orange (sodium vapor, halogen, or dichroic yellow) bulbs. These types of bulbs are the least attractive to the insects that spiders invade to hunt.
- Make sure your living areas are clean and do your best to keep things tidy. Pests, including spiders, like to hide inside clutter and feel more comfortable in dirty environments.
- Store all of your food inside air-tight containers. This should include leftovers, pet food, and pantry items. It might also help to pest-proof your pantry.
Keeping up with spider prevention tips is not always easy. If you need help stopping an active infestation from settling into your home, we can help. Our team at B&T Pest Control offers many advanced options for spider and pest control. All you need to do is let us know you are looking for help.
Complete Spider Control For Jacksonville Properties
There should never be a time that you allow spiders to live inside your home. These pests can be dangerous and are all-around annoying. Thankfully, there are professional options to help you deter these and other common house pests. The question is, who are you going to trust with the care of your home? We highly recommend choosing a home pest control provider in Jacksonville that has experience and will take care of your home like it was their own. This is how we are at B&T Pest Control. We like to make sure that pests like spiders stay out of our own homes and will work hard to help you find your freedom from these pests. All you need to do is reach out to our team. We would be more than happy to walk you through what our spider control looks like and answer questions you have about these pests. We will make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about our services and give you some service times to treat your home. With everything we do, we make sure that our clients are well taken care of.
Call B&T Pest Control now to discover more about our spider control options and find a treatment time that works for your Jacksonville home and property.
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