Spiders are fascinating little creatures that evoke awe in some and terror in others. Although they labor to stay out of our way and don’t actively target humans, some species of spiders pack a powerful and venomous bite that can be very dangerous, especially to children and pets.

In many cases, spiders can help keep certain pest populations at bay, but in those situations in which spiders become threatening, you need an expert in spider control West Palm Beach you can count on to handle these creepy crawlers. O’Hara Pest Control is here to give you the knowledge you need about spiders, and when the time comes, to get them out of your home.

What You Need to Know About Spiders

What are They?

There’s a common misconception that spiders are insects. In fact, spiders actually belong to the arachnid family which makes them more closely related to the scorpion than to the ant. Arachnids are characteristically different from insects in many ways but most notably in that arachnids have eight legs and no antennae.

Where Do Spiders Live?

Spiders, for the most part, are solitary creatures that prefer to burrow or hide out in dark corners waiting for their prey to wander into a web. These adaptable creatures can live just about anywhere they can find food, making them one of the most diversified living creatures on our planet.

What Do They Eat?

Most spiders are carnivorous predators, feeding on insects, other spiders, and some have even been known to eat mice and small birds. Their hunting patterns are either stalking prey or waiting for vibration on their webs before pouncing. Most of a spider’s feeding habit can be beneficial as they feed on common household pests like mosquitoes and flies. Spiders don’t need to feed too often and are known to survive weeks without food.

How Do Spiders Get Around?

Spiders are versatile travelers capable of inhabiting just about any location. Some species move around by releasing a strand of silk that is caught by the wind and carries them across short distances and even bodies of water. The wolf spider and orb-weaver are particularly adept at this practice called ‘ballooning’.

How Many Types of Spiders are There?

There are currently over 45,000 species of spiders around the world, but for the purpose of pest control in West Palm Beach, we are going to focus on the four most common to this area.

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Common Species of Spiders Found in Florida

Common House Spider

The common house spider tends to have a yellowish-brown color and an extended abdomen. True to their name, they can be found inside structures, in corners, under furniture, or inside closets, basements, and garages. House spiders are not venomous and are not dangerous to humans.  

Black Widow Spider

Black Widows are one of the most easily recognizable spiders around. They have a shiny black body with a characteristic red hourglass shape on their back. These spiders prefer to hide out in undisturbed areas such as woodpiles, under eaves, and inside boxes, with a preference for laying their webs at ground level. Female Black Widows are known to be aggressive and have a poisonous bite that can be very dangerous. If you find a Black Widow in your home, you should call pest control West Palm Beach.

Spinybacked Orb Weaver

You have probably walked past the dewy webs of these spiders in the mornings. These spiders have spines that protrude from their abdomen to which they owe their name. They also tend to be very colorful, with their abdomen often being white and black with spines a vivid red color. Spinybacked orb weavers are not dangerous and are not known to attack humans, however, they are prolific breeders and their populations can easily get out of hand so if you start seeing them flood your yard, you should call pest control West Palm Beach.

Long-Bodied Cellar Spiders

Also known as “daddy-long-legs”, cellar spiders have a pale yellow to light brown coloration with characteristic long, skinny legs and a small body. There are many species of cellar spiders throughout the United States but their propensity for being around high-humidity areas makes them especially common in Florida. Cellar spiders do not bite and therefore pose no threat to humans.

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Spider Prevention

How Do I Keep Spiders Out?

Even though spiders are not insects, they do follow similar patterns. Spiders can be found where there are reliable sources of food. That’s why your primary method of spider control West Palm Beach will be eliminating other household pests from your home entirely. Keeping a tidy home is always a great start but when you need to do more, consider the following:

Scents

Spiders are averse to certain scents like citrus, vinegar, and garlic. Filling up a spray bottle with half vinegar and half water then spraying the mixture around the crevices and cracks that spiders can use to get inside the house will help keep them away. Spiders also dislike the scent of eucalyptus, so planting a few flowers can also form a barrier to keep them outside.

Close Their Entryways

Spiders come from the outdoors in search of food. They won’t walk in through any heavily trafficked doorways because of the danger of being stepped on. Instead, they find small cracks near windows or holes in the foundation to make their way inside. To keep spiders away, walk around the house sealing any small cracks that are big enough for spiders to use.

Remove Unnecessary Vegetation

Spiders often settle in undisturbed trees and shrubbery. Some regular landscaping and trimming will eliminate those hiding areas and make the areas surrounding your home less appealing to use. This also carries the added benefit of eliminating coveted hiding locations for some of the insects that spiders tend to hunt. Either way, regular landscaping is an effective method of pest control West Palm Beach.

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Are Spiders Invading Your West Palm Beach Home?

Spiders can be valuable allies in the fight against pests, but their bite and unpredictability can make them dangerous foes. If you spot some of the more dangerous species of spiders near your home, don’t take the risk of removing them yourself as it can lead to a serious bite and potential hospital visit.

When you need help with spiders, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at O’Hara Pest Control. We have the expertise and proven techniques developed over decades of pest and spider control in West Palm Beach to deal with any situation. Call us today to solve your spider problems!  

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