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Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids and predators. As predators, they live a more solitary life than other common household pests like ants. Spiders don't live together in large groups; they gather in environments that meet their needs and offer them food, water, and shelter.

In Elk Grove, the spider species that have the potential to become a problem in our yards and homes are the black widow, cellar spider, and wolf spider.

  • Wolf spiders are large spiders that don't build webs to capture their prey; they actively run after and hunt down their prey.
  • Cellar spiders have small bodies and extremely long thin legs.
  • Black widow spiders have shiny black bodies and a reddish hourglass marking on their abdomen.

Though each type of spider in California has a unique appearance, we generally identify spiders by their two body segments, eight legs, and lack of wings and antennae. Reach out to us today for help with pest control in Elk Grove, CA.

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Are spiders dangerous?

Many people have a fear of spiders because they worry that they are aggressive and looking to bite. The truth is that the vast majority of spiders are naturally shy and reclusive. Most spider bites happen when spiders feel threatened; they bite to get themselves out of harm's way.

The species that presents the greatest concern in our area is the black widow spider. These spiders are dangerous because their venom is potent enough to cause us harm when they bite. Luckily the vast number of spiders you will encounter in your home are harmless house spiders and are not a threat to you and your family. However, even though most spiders are not dangerous, we still don't want them to take over our yards or move into our homes. When spiders invade, you'll want to take steps to eliminate them.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are predators and feed on many different types of insects. Some of the spider's favorite prey are the insects that like to move into our homes while searching for food, like flies, cockroaches, and ants. Discovering a problem with spiders in your home should alert you to an overall pest problem you need to solve.

In addition to following their insect prey, spiders enter our homes because it offers them a dry, safe place to lay their eggs and for young spiders to develop into healthy adults.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders live in almost any outdoor space, including our backyards. Spiders love our Elk Grove yards because they offer them various places to shelter within easy reach of food and water. Trees, shrubs, grass, pool areas, gardens, trash cans, and outdoor light fixtures are all places where we regularly discover spider activity.

When spiders live in your yard in large numbers, it won't take long before they start finding their way into your home. Some of their most common entry points include torn screens, open windows, vents, cracks in the foundation, and gaps under doors. Once inside, they move into areas of your home that offer the most access to their insect prey, such as kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and attics.

How do I get rid of spiders?

If spiders have taken over your property and you need help controlling their populations, we are here to help. Bell Pest Control is a family owned and operated business that wants to help people ensure their Elk Grove homes are free of spiders and other unwanted pests. Our main goal is to help you get rid of spiders and other pests. We provide cost-effective spider control services to ensure spiders in Maryland won't become comfortable in your house. For more information about our home pest control services to control spiders, insects, and more, call now!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

You can take several steps to prevent spiders from easily accessing your home. Try these helpful deterrents:

  • Take away common entry points by sealing cracks in exterior walls, ensuring screens are intact, and placing mesh covers over vents and drains.
  • Cut vegetation back from your home's exterior.
  • Light attracts the insects spiders like to eat. Keep outdoor lights off or replace white lights with LED or yellow lights, which are less attractive to insects.
  • Implement a pest control service agreement to keep the insects spiders like to eat out of your home.

If you live in the Elk Grove region and need help with spider prevention, reach out now.

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