Thought Your Holiday Guests Departed? Not Spiders.NPMA Staff
Thursday, January 13, 2011
By NPMA Staff
When the holidays conclude and harsh winter weather begins in
spiders are re-discovering one of their favorite places to
build webs - homes. While most spiders are mere annoyances,
the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that the
brown recluse and black widow spiders can pose health
Known to inject poison with its bite, the brown recluse spider
typically does not bite humans unless threatened. These
spiders can produce painful bites and cause open sores. Measuring
about a half inch with a dark brown violin marking on its back,
brown recluse spiders build their webs in warm, dry and dark
environments, notably basements and closets.
Similarly, black widow spiders do not bite humans
instinctively. However, when they do bite, they can cause
extremely painful bites, especially for children and the elderly.
Recognized for its red hourglass shape under the abdomen, these
spiders spin their webs close to the ground and are most often
found in woodpiles and undisturbed areas.
"Although most spiders are nuisance pests, homeowners must keep
these more dangerous species from gaining access to their homes,"
says Jim Fredericks, technical services director for NPMA. "With
firewood being brought indoors to warm homes, spider prevention is
necessary as these pests seek refuge from cool winter
NPMA offers the following tips to help prevent contact with
- Avoid keeping clothing and shoes on the floor, especially if in
an area known for spiders; consider storing inside plastic
- Seal cracks and crevices around the home.
- Vacuum/sweep away webs in and around the home.
- Shake out all clothing that has been in the laundry basket
- Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter free.
- If a spider bites you, contact your primary care physician for
- If you have an infestation in your home, contact a licensed
pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.