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What are spiders?

Spiders are predatory arachnids that feed on other spiders and nuisance insects. Spiders only have two body regions: a cephalothorax and an abdomen. These reclusive pest invaders are known for having eight legs and lacking antennae and wings. Spiders are naturally shy and are common invaders of homes, yards, and commercial properties.
a brown recluse spider crawling on a tree trunk outside of a home

Some of the most common species of spiders found living throughout our area of Greater Baltimore include the following:

American house spiders
American house spiders have bodies that are typically yellowish-brown with dirty white underbellies. They also have distinctive dark markings on their bodies and legs. These are the most common species of spider found living inside of our homes in Central Maryland.

Black widow spiders
Black widow spiders are shiny and black in color with a red hourglass-shaped pattern on their backs; they may also have lighter red or white spots on their abdomens and backs. Black widow spiders possess a powerful venom that attacks the nervous system and is strong enough to cause health problems in people. As is the case with brown recluse spiders, however, bites are rare and usually accidental.

Brown recluse spiders
Brown recluse spiders come in various shades of brown and are primarily identified by three pairs of eyes that are arranged in a distinct semi-circle pattern, and the violin-shaped pattern found on the top of their bodies. Although they have venom that is strong enough to cause severe health problems in people, brown recluse spiders are not aggressive and bites are rare.

Jumping spiders
Jumping spiders can be black, brown, gray, or tan in color, with pale or white markings on their bodies and legs. They have eight short, powerful legs that allow them to jump a distance up to 25 times their own height. Jumping spiders are excellent hunters and tend to be most active on bright, sunny days.

Wolf spiders
Wolf spiders are a large species of spiders with robust bodies and powerful legs that are covered in hair. Wolf spiders are dark brown with pale, yellowish markings. These spiders do not build webs; instead, they run after and chase down their prey.

Are spiders dangerous?

Most species of spiders are considered to be merely a nuisance, but some can be dangerous pests. Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders both possess venom that is potent enough to cause health concerns in people. If bitten by either of these dangerous spiders, medical attention should be sought immediately so the symptoms can be managed. House spiders, jumping spiders, and wolf spiders are all considered nuisance pests and do not have venom strong enough to trigger reactions in people.

Why do I have a spider problem?

The most common reason that ants become a problem for you is that your property or home is providing them with food, water, and shelter. Ants that have their basic needs met will thrive and become very difficult to control and eliminate from your property. Compost piles, crumbs in the kitchen, decaying wood, gardens, leaky fixtures, outdoor eating areas, pet food, and any suitable nesting sites will all attract ants to your home or business.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders primarily live outdoors, except when they accidentally find their way inside while hunting or looking for a safe place to build a web. They may also become an issue indoors during the winter months, after moving inside following overwintering insects. Outside, spiders are found in gardens, rock piles, tall grasses, woodpiles, and in shrubs and bushes. Inside, spiders are usually found living in low-traffic areas like attics, basements, closets, and crawlspaces.

How do I get rid of spiders?

To get rid of spiders, we recommend contacting a pest control company that has the experience, knowledge, and tools required to completely eliminate the infestation. Phenom Pest Protection is a local, family-owned business committed to offering phenomenal service and results. We customize our treatment process to ensure your property’s specific needs are met. To learn more about our effective spider control services offered to properties throughout Greater Baltimore, contact Phenom Pest Protection today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, protect your property from pests with the following prevention tips:

Exterior tips

  • Keep any exterior lights on your property turned off as much as possible.

  • Remove piles of excess debris from your property.

  • Replace torn door or window screens.

  • Keep the grass cut short.

  • Cut back overgrown vegetation.

  • Place weather stripping around all doors.

  • Seal entry points in the exterior walls, foundation, and roofline of your home or business 

Interior tips

  • Regularly remove spider webs from your home or business.

  • Keep storage areas neat and organized.

  • Regularly vacuum and dust your home or commercial property.

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