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Spiders: Creepy Pests Crawling Through Your Home

26th Feb 2016

You’ll hear from us soon if we’ve treated your home for spiders in years past. We call our clients in March and April before any arachnids start to appear and to schedule your summer treatments.

There are about 3,000 types of spiders in North America. Only two are dangerous to people – the black widow and brown recluse. Luckily, they are not native to Wisconsin and rarely found in the state.

House Spider

House spiders

The house spider is most likely to invade your home. These arachnids aren’t harmful, but their webs bother most homeowners. They build all over houses. If the web doesn’t catch any prey, the spider abandons it and builds another.

Webs from house spiders

House spiders thrive in garages, sheds, barns and warehouses. They find more insects to eat in these places and like the higher humidity.

Cellar Spiders (AKA Daddy-Long-Legs)

Cellar spiders

You probably know long-bodied cellar spiders as daddy-long-legs. There are about 20 species of these long, thin-legged spiders. They like dark, damp places like basements and garages. They continuously add to old webs, quickly covering large areas. Daddy-long-legs are not dangerous to people.

Jumping Spiders

Jumping spiders

Jumping spiders are active during the daytime and seem to like sunlight, according to the National Pest Management Association. They have the best vision of any arachnids, and they can jump, crawl sideways and scurry backwards very quickly.

Jumping spiders don’t make webs to trap prey. Instead, they build retreats for themselves. They like to build hideouts under furniture, around door and window moulding, in drapes and in cracks in wood floods. Jumping spiders bite, but they are not poisonous.

Orb Weaver Spiders

Orb weaver spiders

Orb weaver spiders vary in color, size and shape. These arachnids create round webs with strands connecting like wheel spokes. Most build webs vertically among branches, stems of plants and buildings. Their webs can span several feet in length.

Orb weavers use their webs to catch insects for food. Large orb weavers can even capture and eat hummingbirds and frogs. They rarely bite and are not harmful to humans.

Yellow Sac Spiders

Yellow sac spiders

Yellow sac spiders are usually found outside under objects or indoors in the corners of rooms. They build sacs in these places as hideouts.

Yellow sac spiders account for most spider bites, according to Pennsylvania State University. They often bite when they become trapped between a sleeping person’s sheets or clothing. Researchers have even observed them biting people without being provoked! Fortunately, their bites aren’t painful and don’t cause any medical problems.

We’re known for our effective spider spray to keep arachnids out of your home. We serve more people in central Wisconsin than any other pest management company. Let us take care of your home this year. Contact us today to get started.

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