It's safe to say that most people aren't very enthusiastic about having spiders in their homes. With the sheer number of them, and a few dangerous American spiders, every eight-legged creepy crawly can inspire some serious anxiety. Thankfully, it's pretty easy to prevent spiders from taking over. There are a few steps, however, to protecting your Chesapeake home against pests. To learn more about common house spiders, including dangerous spiders in Virginia, and how to proactively keep spiders out of houses, continue reading.
What Do Spiders In Chesapeake Look Like?
Normal house spiders found indoors and around the garden are harmless to humans, but many of them are still scary to look at. A few common spiders in the area are colorful, large, or both (including orb weavers and yellow garden spiders), but a good portion of them are good for the ecosystem around your property to keep the bug population down.
Some not so colorful, mostly outdoor spiders you may spot on the sidewalk or in the shed can be even worse to look at. The tiger wolf spider is a non-web-building carnivorous spider that hunts and pounces on its prey. While it's large and scary at around four inches in length, wolf spiders aren't dangerous to humans. Similarly, the nursery web spider pounces on its prey, using its web only to house its young. This less than one-inch-long spider is not dangerous to humans.
Common house spiders in the area are a little different. There are many black spiders in Virginia eating insects in and around your home. For the most part, these normal house spiders are harmless, but there are a few species that may accidentally wind up indoors that you need to be careful of.
Are There Dangerous Spiders In Chesapeake?
Like most areas of the United States, Virginia is home to the two most dangerous spiders in the country: the black widow and the brown recluse.
One reason to be careful about spider identification is that black spiders in Virginia can turn out to be one of these two dangerous spiders. The black widow is very distinctive looking, and with red or yellow spots on the back of its rounded abdomen, you don't have to get too close to see the red or yellow hourglass on its underside. Its legs are thick, segmented, and pointed, and its entire body is shiny.
Another of the most dangerous spiders in Virginia is the brown recluse. One of the most misidentified spiders, the brown recluse, can be tricky to pin down. If you fear you've spotted a brown recluse, pay attention to its distinct characteristics. Brown recluses have six eyes, two of which are close together on the front of its head. Its body is a uniform brown with no stripes and a darker brown violin on its back. These spiders can grow to around half an inch.
Six Simple Spider Prevention Tips For Your Chesapeake Home
Having spiders inside can be a significant source of stress, but the single reason you have spiders in your home is that you have pest prey for them to eat. Spiders don't need to come indoors like other pests, so if they do come inside and stay there, it's because they're eating well. Most spider prevention comes down to treating the source of the problem. To keep spiders out of houses, try these tips:
- Turn off your porch light at night.
- De-web regularly, indoors and out.
- Keep your lawn and shrubs trimmed.
- Don't store woodpiles, flower pots, or other decorations near your home.
- Seal and store outdoor trash away from your house.
- Repair any cause of excess moisture around the home, including leaking pipes, clogged gutters, or landscaping issues.
The Secret To Total Spider Control for Chesapeake Homes
Preventing spiders is as easy as cleaning and maintaining your home, but sometimes it can be more difficult. Rural homes, older homes, and homes with lots of natural foliage can be difficult to protect. For situations like these and for everyone desperate to get rid of spiders on their property, the secret to total spider control is to call Hawk Mosquito & Pest.
Reliable Spider Control With Hawk Mosquito & Pest
Our philosophy at Hawk Mosquito & Pest is customer service and education. Treating your home for spiders would involve a spray treatment in and around the area, especially where the spiders are likely slipping through the cracks to get inside. However, we don't want treatment to be the only thing protecting your home. With our inspections and treatments, we will help to educate you about prevention and maintenance that will help you take control of area pests. Give us a call today to schedule your first inspection, and get started with effective pest control services for your Chesapeake business or home.