What are spiders?

Spiders are air-breathing arthropods officially classified into the order of Araneae. They are the largest order of arachnids and are easily recognizable by their eight legs, silk spinnerets that they use to create webs, and fangs that can deliver varying amounts of venom. Spiders are some of the most diverse classifications of organisms out there and come in a variety of sizes, colors, and patterns; they also have a varying number of eyes ranging from none to twelve, though most spider species have six to eight eyes.

Common spiders in Havertown that you need to keep an eye out for include:

  • Wolf spiders
  • Black widows
  • Cellar spiders
  • Jumping spiders
  • Common house spiders
  • Grass spiders

For help with further identification, contact Cunningham Pest Control once you see a spider infestation on your property.

Are spiders dangerous?

Though most spiders don't have enough venom to cause more than a painful bite and an itchy reaction, some are considered medically dangerous. The black widow spider is one of the most dangerous spiders in the area and can deliver a bite that may result in serious issues such as vomiting, weakness, and fainting; the chance for serious symptoms increases in young children and the elderly.

Spiders may also trigger allergic reactions with their bites which can be quite dangerous. You should seek medical attention immediately if you have trouble breathing or swallowing after a spider bite or if a black widow has bitten you.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders will infiltrate your property in search of food, water, and shelter. You likely have a spider problem because your property has plenty of pest prey running around (such as cockroaches or ants), cluttered hiding places, and moisture issues that create damp environments for spiders and their pest prey.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders love to live in cluttered and dark areas that provide secluded shelter. Around your property, you will find them hiding in outdoor debris and woodpiles, in basements, attics, and garages, in storage boxes, and at the back of closets. Be careful when cleaning these areas to avoid accidental spider bites.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Getting rid of spiders can be complicated, but Cunningham Pest Control can speed up this process. Our technicians will waste no time addressing your pest issues and working with you to ensure the removal of all spiders from your home and help prevent future problems. Contact us today to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control options.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Preventing spiders depends on protecting your property against potential infestations; our advice below can help with this.

  • Seal up potential spider entry points around your property, like the cracks around windows or doors.
  • Address pest prey issues to remove spider food sources.
  • Keep outdoor areas free of debris, woodpiles, and long grasses to stop spiders from hiding there.
  • Declutter indoor areas and sweep away any spider webs that you see.
  • Consider using plastic storage containers to make it harder for spiders to infiltrate stored items.
  • Fix moisture issues that lead to humid or damp conditions around your property.

For further help eliminating active spider infestations, contact Cunningham Pest Control.