A Guide To Spider Prevention In San Diego County

What are spiders?

Spiders are not a type of insect: they are actually arachnids, which are identified by having two body regions; the cephalothorax and the abdomen. Spiders have 6-8 eyes, eight legs, no wings, and no antennae. Spiders come in a wide range of sizes, from very small to very large. Their bodies can be smooth and shiny, or covered in fuzzy hair. Depending on the species, spiders come in a variety of colors (brown, tan, black, yellow, orange, and red) and may or may not be patterned with chevron, mottled, or striped markings. In nature, spiders are beneficial because they feed on and control nuisance insect populations. However, these pests often invade both residential and commercial properties.

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Are spiders dangerous?

Yes, some species of spiders are considered dangerous. The good news is that most household-invading spiders are nuisance species, and pose no significant risks to people. In most cases, spiders are shy and reclusive by nature, and stay hidden away from people. Spiders usually only bite people when they feel threatened, or are being squished. It is important to note that there are some species of spiders living in the United States that are dangerous. Dangerous spiders possess venom that is strong enough to cause significant health problems in people and pets.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are attracted to any property that offers them food, water, and shelter. Unfortunately, most residential properties offer spiders what they need to allow them to live and thrive. Things like tall grass, dense vegetation, gardens, woodpiles, shrubs, bushes, and areas underneath decks and porches can provide them with suitable places to build their webs or burrows and hunt for food. If your property has an insect problem, it probably has a spider problem too because that's what they eat!

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders are shy, and like to stay out of sight. They choose quiet, dark places to build their webs or burrows in. Spiders are usually found living and hunting for food outside, but do often find their way into homes, garages, sheds, barns, and commercial buildings.

Spiders typically only find their way inside accidentally while searching for food, or when the weather outside becomes unsuitable for them to live comfortably. Once inside, spiders will again choose quiet, dark spaces to live. Basements, closets, attics, and crawlspaces are all common indoor nesting spots for spiders.

How do I get rid of spiders?

The easiest and most effective way to control and prevent spider infestations is with the help of a professional pest control provider, like the local CA pest control experts at San Diego Pest & Termite. Our pest control specialists provide the services needed to control spiders and prevent their return to your home or commercial building.

San Diego Pest & Termite is committed to using modern and trustworthy pest control solutions to remove spiders and other household-invading pests and prevent their return. To learn more about our guaranteed solutions that will eliminate eight-legged arachnids from your San Diego County property, reach out to San Diego Pest & Termite today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Listed below are some helpful tips to help prevent problems with spiders in your San Diego County home or business.

  • Remove overgrown vegetation and piles of excess debris from your property.

  • Place garden areas a distance away from the outside of your home.

  • Inside your home, keep storage areas organized and clutter-free.

  • Place weather stripping around doors.

  • Make sure window screens and door screens are intact.

  • Cut shrubs and bushes back, away from the exterior of your home.

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

  • Partner with the pest control experts at San Diego Pest & Termite for a professional ant and spider control plan!


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