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What are spiders?

Spiders are critters that have developed a bad reputation with people. People tend to naturally fear these pests because of their appearance, fast movements, and ability to bite us.

However, spiders aren’t nearly as bad as their reputation makes them seem. Spiders are naturally reclusive and don’t want to be around people. They don’t seek us out to bite; spider bites typically occur as they try to stop themselves from being squished.

In addition, spiders provide us with a service; their predatory feeding habits help control the number of nuisance and dangerous insects around us. However, spiders should not be allowed to live wherever they please and take over our yards and homes. We shouldn’t have to come face to face with spiders every day, get tangled in their webs, or feel uncomfortable on our property because of these eight-legged creatures.

Are spiders dangerous?

Many types of spiders will find their way into our Jacksonville, NC, homes. Luckily most will be common house spiders and other harmless species. While their presence in our homes is unsettling, they are not dangerous.

Our region is home to two dangerous spiders; the black widow and the brown recluse. Their venom is potent enough to cause harm, and a bite from one of them will require medical attention.

If you are ever concerned about the spiders on your property, never hesitate to reach out to a professional. Here at B&T Pest Control, we will provide an inspection to identify the spiders on your property.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders typically become a problem in outdoor or indoor spaces after their insect prey attracts them. The more insects in an area, the more predators like spiders will be around to feed on them.

The following things are likely to attract insects and spiders to your property:

  • Standing water
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Open trash cans and recycling bins
  • Lots of flowering vegetation and gardens
  • Outdoor cooking and eating areas
  • Pet food

Controlling spiders and the insects they feed on is best done by implementing an ongoing home pest control plan.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders typically like to live outside, building their webs or creating burrows in gardens, tall grass, under decks and shrubs, or trees or other vegetation. Their preferred outdoor habitats provide shelter and easy access to their insect prey.

When the insects living in your yard migrate indoors seeking shelter or food, spiders will follow. If you are spotting spiders regularly in your home, insects are providing them with a food source and keeping the spiders happy.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Get rid of spiders in the easiest and most stress-free way possible, partner with us at B&T Pest Control. We offer pet and family-friendly pest control that you can count on to eliminate current problems you are experiencing with pests and to prevent future pest problems.

Through our PestGuard and PestGuard Plus home pest control options, we will work to prevent problems with spiders and other pests by finding the intruders and treating them where they live and breed. We want to stop pests before they find their way into your home. Reach out today for more information about pest control in Jacksonville, NC!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

In order to help prevent problems with spiders, there are a few things you can do in your yard and around your home. Ensure to reduce areas of excess moisture and standing water that will attract the attention of spiders and their insect prey.

Regularly inspect your home’s exterior and seal cracks in its exterior, torn screens, and gaps around windows and doors that can provide entry points into your home. Remove clutter inside and outside your house that offers shy spiders places to hide and hunt their insect prey.

To reduce insect activity around your home that attracts spiders keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins and keep outdoor eating areas clean and clear of leftover food.

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