Spider Control for HomeownersMissy Henriksen
Monday, August 11, 2014
How to get rid of spiders in the house and stay safe from
Fear of spiders is consistently ranked as one of
the top phobias in America. Whether it is an evolutionary trigger
that kept our ancestors alive or the result of Hollywood horror
films, spiders have a reputation as being creepy, crawly, venomous
aren't all bad. They do provide a form of natural pest control by
catching insects in their webs. However, that doesn't mean they
have an open invitation to come into our homes. A spider
infestation can cause contamination of food in kitchens or
pantries, and depending on the species, there could be health risks
if family members unexpectedly happen upon a web or lurking spider.
Taking action to prevent spiders goes a long way in avoiding these
Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter-free.
Most spiders seek out secluded, undisturbed areas where they can
build a web to catch their next meal, so an attic or basement that
has been left unused over the
past season could be harboring these pests out of sight. Avoid
leaving clothing and shoes on the floor and consider storing them
inside plastic containers. It is also advised to shake out all
clothing that has been in a hamper before wearing or washing.
Seal any cracks or crevices around the home.
Spiders can crawl into homes through damaged window screens or
cracks in the siding. The outside of homes should be inspected for
these defects seasonally as weather and changes in temperature can
cause or worsen existing problems.
Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags
before bringing them indoors.
Packages are often left on the front step if delivered when
you're not at home, and groceries might be placed on the driveway
while unloading. These are opportunities for spiders and other
pests to crawl onto bags and boxes and be carried inside.
Inspecting packages before bringing them into your home reduces
If a spider bites you, contact your primary care physician for
Species such as house spiders and cellar spiders pose no health
threat to people. They don't have very strong mouthparts, so if
they tried to bite, they wouldn't be able to pierce the skin. These
spiders are simply nuisance pests, but they are much better off
living and laying eggs outside.
Other species such as black widow
spiders and brown recluse
spiders do have the ability to pierce the skin and inject
venom. Their bites cause varied reactions in people, but are very
rarely fatal with proper treatment. Symptoms include localized
pain, fever and nausea. In the case of a brown recluse spider
bite, there's also a possibility for skin necrosis at the site
of the bite.
If you have an infestation in your home, contact a licensed
Being proactive about spider control will reduce the likelihood
of any species making a home in your abode and possibly harming a
member of your family. But if you suspect you have a spider
infestation in your home, contact a pest
professional to identify the species and properly remove the