Spider Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Spiders

Black widow in their web

Spiders are common household pests; once they find their way into your house, they will quickly make themselves home. It is helpful to learn about their behaviors, food preferences, and favorite hiding spots to stop spiders from taking over your home.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Spiders

What are spiders?

We classify spiders as predators, which means their diet consists of other living things, mainly insects. Spiders live worldwide in large numbers; their large populations and feeding habits allow them to control insect populations naturally. Without spiders, dangerous and destructive insects would take over our outdoor spaces.

Yet, as helpful as spiders are, they become unwanted pests when they invade our indoor spaces. Spiders in Delaware belong outside, not inside our homes.

In addition to being predators, spiders are also a type of arachnid. Like other arachnids, spiders have eight legs, only two body segments, and lack antennae and wings. All spiders can produce silk, but not all spiders build webs.

Are spiders dangerous?

The bad news is the United States is home to two species of dangerous spiders. The good news is we are home to thousands of species of spiders that aren’t dangerous. The vast majority of spiders you will find in your Wilmington yard that wander into your home are harmless. What makes a spider dangerous is how potent its venom is. All spiders can bite people to defend themselves from harm, and all produce venom. However, only dangerous spiders have venom potent enough to cause us harm.

Why do I have a spider problem?

You are finding spiders in your house because spiders are finding prey in your home to eat. Insects like flies, ants, and cockroaches regularly move into our homes and feed on the food they find inside. Spiders then move inside to feed on those insects.

In addition to following their insect prey indoors, spiders will move into our homes, sheds, and garages as they search for dark, quiet places to lay their eggs.

Where will I find spiders?

Most spiders are small and hang out in dark, quiet places, making them very easy to overlook. Areas that provide them with a lot of protection and easy access to their prey are most attractive to spiders.

Dense vegetation, woodpiles, trees, shrubbery, and rocky areas offer spiders many dark nooks and crannies to call home.

In our yards, spiders hang around areas where there is a lot of insect activity, like trash cans, pet food feeding stations, outdoor light fixtures, and areas of standing water.

When spiders decide to move into our homes, they usually wind up in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and attics, as those areas are where they will have easy access to their insect prey.

How do I get rid of spiders?

With over 25 years in the pest control industry, Delmar Pest Control is here to rid your property of unwanted spiders. We will provide you with year-round pest control you can count on to eliminate current problems with spiders and to stop spiders from returning in the future.

By calling today, you can learn more about controlling spiders and their insect prey with the help of our residential and commercial pest control services. We are here to help you stop your Wilmington, DE property from being overrun by spiders.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

If you are a homeowner, you have probably wondered how best to keep spiders out of your home. To prevent problems with spiders, partner with a professional and utilize the following prevention tips.

  • Stop spiders from having easy access to your home by cutting back shrubbery and tree branches from the exterior.
  • Eliminate entry points by caulking around windows and doors, ensuring screens are intact, and installing door sweeps.
  • Lights attract the insects that spiders like to eat; keep outdoor lights off as much as possible.
  • Regularly clean your home to remove spider webs and hiding spiders.
  • Put a year-round pest control plan in place to eliminate insects in and around your home.

For the best year-round spider control, reach out to Delmar Pest Control.

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