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Why Are There Spiders In My Greensboro Home?

February 15, 2023 - Spiders

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A spider or two on your property or even in your home is a good thing, but a spider infestation in your home is often a major problem. There are hundreds of species of spiders in North Carolina, most are immensely beneficial to the environment around us, and all make our skin crawl.

Spiders, like any other wild creature, will bite when they feel the need to defend themselves. While the effects are mild in most cases, there is a chance of allergic reaction or more severe symptoms. The biggest negative impact of a spider infestation is purely a psychological one. Few people feel at ease with spiders crawling all over their houses; decorating it with a bunch of spiderwebs only works on Halloween.

How Can I Tell If I Have Spiders?

Spiders are experts at staying out of sight, so spotting a spider infestation can sometimes be pretty difficult. Watch for the following telltale signs:

  • Webs around the house, especially in the corners

  • Spider egg sacks

  • Seeing spiders

Identifying the species of spiders you're dealing with is the first and arguably the most important step in designing an effective spider control approach. Let's look at the common household spiders you're likely to run into in North Carolina, how to get rid of spiders, and, if that fails, how to find top-notch pest control in Greensboro.

The Types Of Spiders You May Find In Greensboro

We have hundreds of species of spiders in North Carolina, but thankfully in Greensboro, you're not likely to run into many other species besides the following four:

  • Orb weavers are 1/2 to 1 inch across with reddish-brown or grey-colored bodies. Their appearance varies widely depending on the subspecies, but all of them are harmless.

  • Wolf spiders are 3/8 to 1 3/8 in size, most often dark brown with yellow markings. These shy spiders avoid humans when possible.

  • Brown recluse spiders are usually 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in size and brown with a characteristic dark brown violin mark on their back. As the name suggests, brown recluse spiders prefer to stay out of sight but will bite if threatened. These spiders are one of the two common medically dangerous species in the United States.

  • Black widow spiders are on the larger side, with females growing to 1 3/8 inches. They are shiny black and have a telltale red hourglass marking on the abdomen. Black widows place their webs low to the ground and often hang upside down in them. These spiders have potent venom but will only bite if cornered.

Most spiders are harmless, except for the black widow and brown recluse.

Why Spiders Invade Homes

Spiders will not invade your home looking for food or shelter like most other pests. They come in only when following a food source. If you see several spiders in your house, you're most likely dealing with an infestation of insects as well.

Five Naturally Effective Spider Prevention Tips

It's a lot easier to prevent an infestation than evict a mass of spiders from your house, so let's look at what you can do to make your home less appealing to these arachnids:

  • Cut down on debris and clutter in your house and yard.

  • Seal cracks and gaps in the walls.

  • Deal with an insect infestation that's attracting spiders.

The key is to address the infestation in its early stages, but if that point is behind you, it's time to call a professional.

The Key To Total Spider Control For Greensboro Homes

At Otho's Pest Management, we've been providing pest control and lawn maintenance services to the residents of Greensboro since 1976. We are locally owned and operated and would love to give you a hand getting rid of a spider infestation plaguing your home.

If your Greensboro home is infested by spiders, give us a call today!

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