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There are more than 35,000 species of spiders worldwide, a few thousand of which are found in the United States alone.
Spiders rarely bite people and in the United States only two groups - the Black Widow and Brown Recluse spider - are considered dangerous. The bite of most spiders has little to no effect on people, while a few others are of minor medical importance.
Spiders can be a particular nuisance in the home. They are attracted to warm, dark small spaces, like wall cracks, corners, air vents, and in the eaves of your home.
Other species prefer to stay closer to the outdoors, weaving their webs in your barn, back yard or near your outside lighting. Most spiders are a nuisance primarily because of their webbing and because many people have an inherent fear of spiders.
Some common species of spiders that can be found entering your home are:
Common House Spider - spider most often encountered indoors.
Cellar Spider - very long, thin legs; will rapidly shake its body on the web when disturbed.
Wolf Spiders - large, “hairy”, and often mistaken for tarantulas; leg span as much as 3 inches.
Sac Spiders - often pale yellow, grey, or green color; likely responsible for most indoor spider bites.
Spiders are most likely to enter the home in the fall due to their search for a warm place to spend the winter.
There are several ways that you can help to get rid of and prevent spider problems in your home:
Remove noticeable webs
Fill in gaps in walls and under doors to deter entry
Remove sheltering sites like firewood piles and compost piles from near your home
Use lighting in a way that is less attractive to the insects that spiders feed on
Rentokil Steritech's Year Round Protection Plan can help you tackle the problem of spiders in your home in a safe, effective and professional way.
Although many homeowners struggle with DIY spider control products like spider traps and repellents, the results are often less than satisfactory.
Small problems can develop into large ones and this is when many people seek out the services of a pest control professional.
Rentokil Steritech technicians are skilled, experienced professionals – they are state certified licensed applicators and are required to participate in regular training programs to maintain their expertise.
They understand the habits of each species and use that knowledge when developing a control program for your home.
At Rentokil Steritech Pest Control, we pride ourselves on fast, responsive service every day. We are available for emergency pest concerns that may develop and all appointments are scheduled at times that are convenient for you our customer.
Call Rentokil Steritech free at 1-800-837-5520 or contact us for further advice on getting rid of spiders or to arrange a visit by an Rentokil Steritech technician.