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Spider Identification & Prevention

What are spiders?

homes any time of the year. Like other common household pests, most people are familiar with spiders and can easily identify them by their eight legs, fast movements, and webs. However, it is important to note that while all spiders create silk, not all spiders use their silk to make webs! Spider webs and spiders don’t always go hand in hand.

Some of the most likely spiders to find around and inside your Nashville home are listed below:

  • American house spiders
  • Black widow spiders
  • Brown recluse spiders
  • Cellar spiders
  • Orb-weaver spiders
  • Wolf spiders
  • Zipper spiders

Spiders vary significantly in appearance and behaviors. If large numbers of spiders in your home have become a problem in and around your home, having a professional identify them is always best!

Are spiders dangerous?

Two dangerous spiders that call the United States home also happen to call the Nashville area home; the black widow spider and the brown widow spider. While not aggressive, both spiders will defend themselves by biting. A bite from either of them could result in serious side effects that require the attention of a medical professional.

However, don’t let the above information scare you. Most of the spiders that move into our homes are harmless. Spiders generally want nothing to do with people, and bites are usually accidental. While being bitten by a spider isn’t fun, in most cases, the only result will be a slight bit of pain and some redness around the bite site.

Why do I have a spider problem?

As a predator, spiders like to live in areas that put them near their prey. Unfortunately for people, our homes, garages, trash cans, and gardens provide them with the insect prey they want. Our yards naturally provide these opportunistic pests with food, water, and shelter.

Where will I find spiders?

Most spiders prefer to live outside, but some will move indoors. Two reasons spiders come inside is first, their food sources outdoors have become scarce, so they have followed their insect prey indoors. Second, they enter our structures, searching for a dark, quiet place to lay their eggs.

Spiders can live almost anywhere; you walk by spiders you never even notice every day.

Spiders like wolf spiders don’t build webs. They burrow under things and chase after their insect prey. Inside our homes, they will hide under large pieces of furniture and appliances, in the bottom of closets, and behind baseboards.

Other spiders, like house spiders, prefer to stay up off the ground. They are likely why you find webs in the corners of your home, around light fixtures, and on the tops of cabinets.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Trust the spider control professionals at Five-O Pest Control to remove unwanted spiders from your Nashville property. Our priority is always our customers. We are committed to the safety and well-being of you, your family, your pets, and your home.

To eliminate spiders and other unwanted pests from your Tennessee home, we will provide targeted residential and commercial pest control services to stop spiders in their tracks. For more information about solving your pest problems with the help of our dedicated professionals and our eco-friendly, customized services, call now!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Take advantage of the following prevention tips to help prevent spiders from becoming unwanted guests in your Nashville home.

  • Vacuum and dust often to remove unwanted spiders and their unsightly webs.
  • Seal spaces in your home’s exterior, especially around windows, doors, and light fixtures.
  • Cut back shrubs, bushes, and trees from your home’s exterior to avoid providing them with a bridge to your home.
  • Remove standing water from your property.
  • Keep lids on trash cans, pick up pet waste regularly, maintain gardens, and keep outdoor eating areas free of leftover food; the fewer insects on your property, the less attractive it will be to spiders.

Learn more about spiders in Nashville and how to keep them out of your home by reaching out to Five-O Pest Control!

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