Despite their dangerous reputation, spiders are some of the most beneficial animals in the world around us. That’s because they feed on a variety of nuisance pests, helping to keep their populations under control. However, when spiders venture into our homes, they become pests themselves. And while most spiders are by-and-large harmless, that doesn’t mean you want to see them around your Charleston home. It is important to know what attracts spiders into a home and the steps you can take to keep them out.
Identifying Common Area Spiders
There are over 44,000 species of spiders living in the world today. Fortunately, we don’t have to deal with all of them here in Charleston. Some spiders that you are likely to encounter in our area are wolf spiders, cellar spiders, house spiders, and orb weavers.
Wolf Spiders are large spiders, growing to be up to 1 3/8th inches long. They have dark brown bodies, often with pale or yellow markings. Wolf spiders do not build webs; instead, they hunt their prey (This may be partially why they were named wolf spiders.) Wolf spiders are known to bite if they are provoked.
Cellar spiders are pale yellow, light brown, or gray in color. They have small bodies and long skinny legs. Cellar spiders derive their name from the fact that they prefer to live in dark, damp places such as cellars. These spiders build irregularly shaped webs and are not known to bite.
House spiders grow to be 5/16th of an inch long and are yellowish-brown in color, often with darker stripes. They derive their name from the fact that they are one of the most prevalent spiders found in homes. They build tangled webs that they will abandon if they aren’t successful at catching food.
Orb weavers derive their name from the orblike webs that they build. These spiders come in a variety of colors and sizes so you are most likely to identify them by their webs.
While none of these spiders pose any real danger to you or your family, that doesn’t mean you want them coming around your home.
What Entices Spiders Inside & How To Keep Them Out
More often than not, spiders enter homes because there is an abundance of food for them to eat i.e. other pests. As such, general pest prevention is a great way to keep spiders out of your home. To protect your house from spiders, you should:
- Store all food in air-tight containers or the refrigerator.
- Wipe up any spills from countertops immediately.
- Take out the trash regularly.
- Store trash in bins with tight-fitting lids.
- Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures.
- Use dehumidifiers to lower moisture-levels around the home.
- Keep cellars, crawl spaces, and attics free of debris and clutter.
- Wipe away any webs as you come across them.
- Seal cracks in the foundation of your home.
- Make sure all window and door screens are present and in good working condition.
- Install weather stripping around windows and doors.
- Install door sweeps under all exterior doors.
If you can accomplish these simple steps, you should be able to greatly reduce the number of spiders around your home.
For More Spider Prevention Advice & Assistance
If you have questions about spider prevention, or if you require assistance in dealing with the spiders around your home, call the professionals here at Anchor Pest Management. Not only will our trained pest technicians eliminate any spiders in your home, but they will also work with you to protect your home from future infestations. Don’t let creepy crawly spiders build their webs throughout your house. Give Anchor Pest Management a call today for all pest elimination needs that arise in your home!