Spider Identification

What are spiders?

Spiders are related to mites, ticks, and scorpions, and all are types of arachnids. Physical features of a spider include two body parts, eight legs, and many eyes. They also lack wings and antennae. Spiders use specialized mouthparts (chelicerae) and fangs to inject venom into prey to paralyze them.

Spiders are shy, reclusive, and relatively inconspicuous. They live all around us, and more times than not, we walk by them without even realizing it. Spiders are predators, and feed on other living things, helping control the number of nuisance and dangerous insects like flies, mosquitoes, and aphids.

a brown house spider in irvine california

Some of the spiders living in our area of the country include:

  • House spiders
  • Brown widow spiders
  • Black widow spiders
  • Brown recluse spiders

Are spiders dangerous?

The house spider is one of the most common types of spiders we find living indoors, and while they and their webs are a nuisance, they pose no harm to people. All spiders have venom, but house spiders and most other spiders we come across regularly don't have venom strong enough to affect a person's health.

However, it is important to know that there are species of dangerous spiders living in our area of California. If bitten, a dangerous spider's venom is strong enough to trigger serious health problems in people. Black widow spiders, brown widow spiders, and brown recluse spiders are species we need to avoid contact with. If bitten by a dangerous spider, you should seek medical attention.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are in your yard or home because there is prey available for them to hunt. Like other pests, spiders feed on a variety of insects; therefore, if you have a lot of insect activity on your property, you will have spiders hunting them.

While their feeding habits are helpful out in nature, in our yards and homes, a high number of spiders can be overwhelming and frustrating. Spiders usually only become a problem indoors after following their prey inside. If you have large numbers of spiders living in your home, it is an indication that there is an underlying insect problem that you need to address.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders prefer to live outside. Our yards often provide them with the perfect environment to build webs and hunt prey. Some favorite outdoor hideouts include gardens, shrubbery, areas under decks, the roofline, behind shingles or shutters, and in areas of tall grass or dense vegetation.

Black widow spiders and brown widow spiders all typically build webs at ground level. Brown recluse spiders build webs at ground level or up off of the ground. You'll find ground level webs in the bottom of closets, basements, under furniture, and underneath cabinets.

House spiders prefers to build their webs up off of the ground. Inside, you'll find house spiders in the corners of rooms, basements, closets, and other low traffic areas. 

How do I get rid of spiders?

At Malang Pest Control, we are committed to protecting people and property from pests. In order to rid your California home of eight-legged spiders, partner with our professionals. By using botanical or organic products, integrated pest management, and effective solutions, we will eliminate spiders from your home or business.

We work to take care of your current pest problems and prevent them from returning through regular services. Rid your property of spiders and our area's other common pests with the help of our home pest control or commercial pest control services.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Prevent spider infestations by partnering with Malang Pest Control, and using the following prevention tips:

  • Clean your home, including closets, basements, storage areas, and spaces under furniture to dislodge hiding spiders.
  • Keep storage areas free of clutter and debris where spiders can hide.
  • Keep your basement, shed, and garage doors closed when they are not in use.
  • Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins to reduce insect activity.
  • Inspect the exterior of your home, sealing up any entry points to keep spiders and the insects they hunt from moving inside.
  • Place screens in open windows and doors.
  • Cut overgrown grass or shrubbery away from your home's exterior walls.
 
 

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