Charleston's Handy Guide To Effective Spider Control


June 15, 2020

Spiders are those creepy, crawling pests that make us cringe just thinking about them. They’re unsettling to look at, let alone discover on your property. Spider infestation is intrusive and unpleasant, to say the least. The good news is that most spiders are harmless. Some of them bite, and some can be venomous, but the majority of spider species that you’ll find in Charleston aren’t a real threat to humans. They’re certainly not a welcome sight in any home or business, but they pose no serious danger. One of the more common nuisance species in our area is the wolf spider.

wolf spider on a rock

Wolf Spiders

  • Brown in color with camouflage/pale yellow stripes or markings

  • Big, stout bodies with 8 long, spiny legs

  • Male: ¼ - ¾ inches long

  • Female: 3/8 – 1 3/8 inches long

Charleston is also home to two more hazardous species:

Brown Recluse Spiders

  • Venom can cause severe allergic reactions

  • Also called a “fiddleback” spider because of the dark violin-shaped marking on their backs

  • Hide in dark areas like attics, closets, and cabinets

  • Small in size; ½ to 1 inch long

Southern Black Widow Spiders

  • Venomous bite can cause pain and illness

  • Have a red hourglass marking on their underside

  • Jet black with red spots at the tip of the abdomen

  • Larger in size; 1½ inches long

Keeping Spiders Off Your Property

Even though many spiders don't pose significant danger to you, you should still do everything in your power to keep them out of your space. Being proactive in your prevention efforts can go a long way in reducing your chances of experiencing spider activity. A good place to start is by eliminating spider attractants around your property. One of these attractants is food.

Spiders feed on insects and other small pests, so it's important to prevent these pests from entering your property. To do that, you’ll need to remain diligent about cleanliness, sanitation, and moisture control on your property. Here are some helpful things you can do to minimize your exposure to spider activity.

General Pest Prevention

  • Remove food sources and practice proper food storage.

  • Keep trash outside in tightly sealed containers.

  • Keep your space clean; Mop, dust, sweep, and routinely reduce clutter.

  • Reduce excess moisture around the property. (Leaky pipes, gutters, etc.)

  • Routinely remove spider webs that develop.

  • Keep landscaping well-trimmed and kept neat.

  • Keep vegetation at least five feet from the building.

  • Replace outside bulbs with yellow, insect-resistant bulbs.

Physical Barriers and Deterrents

  • Examine your weather stripping and replace it if damaged.

  • Install and/or repair window and door screens.

  • Ensure all exterior doors are equipped with door sweeps.

  • Use caulk or foam to seal up cracks and crevices.

  • Apply eucalyptus spray around the perimeter of your home. (Spiders are deterred by strong scents.)

  • Use cedar products and cedar mulch. (Cedar is a spider deterrent.)

Say you’ve tried all of the prevention methods above, but you still suspect there may be spiders lurking around your property. There are certain areas you can check to see if maybe there was an entry point that spiders used to get inside.

Spiders gravitate towards dark, remote areas where they can lay their eggs and hide. They can often be found in garages, attics, crawlspaces, and basements. It’s crucial to check all screens and door sweeps, check for any cracks and crevices around your structure and identify any potential entry points for spiders and their pest prey.

If you’re still unsure about the spider status on your Charleston property, don’t hesitate to contact Anchor Pest Management for more advice or assistance. We’ve been dealing with South Carolina spiders for a long time, and we have the expertise and experience to effectively protect your property from infestation. Call us today to get started.

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