Spider Identification & Prevention

What are spiders?

Spiders are a type of arachnid. They all have eight legs and two body segments and lack wings and antennae. Depending on their species, they range in size, color, behavior, and whether or not they build webs to capture their prey.

a closeup of spider in dirt

Spiders are beneficial predators that feed on garden pests and other nuisance insects. They usually only become unwanted pests when they invade our lawns in large numbers or decide to move into our homes. Species of spiders that live in our region of Utah are black widow spiders, tarantulas, and wolf spiders.

Are spiders dangerous?

Some species of spiders living in the United States are dangerous spiders, and people should avoid contact with them. The black widow is an example of a dangerous spider. The venom they inject when they bite is strong enough to cause health problems in people; the good news is, most spiders we come into contact with are harmless nuisance pests and have venom that is not strong enough to affect a person’s health.

Despite their large size, scary appearance, and their ability to move quickly and startle people, both wolf spiders and tarantulas are examples of nuisance spiders.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are shy, reclusive pests that prefer to build their burrows or webs in secluded, sheltered areas. Yards and other outdoor spaces with overgrown vegetation, gardens, trees, and other areas of shelter are attractive to spiders. They are also attracted to yards with lots of insect activity; the more food available, the better.

While spiders prefer to live outside, they do sometimes move into our homes, garages, and other outbuildings while following their prey. Once inside, if there are insects for them to feed on, they typically stay. A spider problem in your home may be indicative of a bigger pest problem.

Where will I find spiders?

Black widow spiders build their irregular shaped webs near the ground in dry, secluded locations. Decks, woodpiles, shrubs, and hollow tree stumps are common spots to find black widow spiders. Those that have moved inside tend to live in basements, crawl spaces, garages, and other outbuildings.

Wolf spiders do not build webs; they create burrows under rocks, landscape timbers, woodpiles, and leaf piles. Inside, they live at ground level in the corners of rooms, against walls, or under furniture. They also hide in boxes and clutter in basements, garages, and sheds.

Tarantulas burrow into the soil near foundations, under fallen trees, rock piles, or woodpiles. Those that are living inside of a home or other building reside in crawl spaces, wall voids, the backs of closets, or in basement clutter.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Get rid of spiders with the help of the professionals at Premier Pest Control. Our professionals go above and beyond to meet the needs of all our customers. Trust our customized pest control services to eliminate current pest problems and prevent them from returning.

We are a local, family-owned company dedicated to exceeding expectations and treating every home like it’s our own. To learn more about protecting your Beaver County, Washington County, or Iron County, Utah home or business from spiders, reach out to Premier Pest Control today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Prevent problems with spiders the easy way by partnering with Premier Pest Control! It is also important to implement the following prevention tips to avoid problems with spiders:

  • Use caulk to repair cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors.
  • Repair any loose door or window screens or siding on your house.
  • Place screens on the vents entering into your home.
  • Seal up spaces around wires and other utilities entering into your home.
  • Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, and debris from your yard where spiders can hide.
  • Keep the grass cut short and cut back overgrown vegetation from the exterior of your house.
  • Remove areas of standing water in or around your home.
 

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