What are spiders?

A common type of arachnid, the spider, has a reputation for being an unsettling household invader. Because they pursuer other insects into your home, spiders are often hard to get rid of. The commonly shared characteristics of all spiders are their eight legs, many eyes, fangs, and venom glands.

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Here are some common spider species found in Ohio:

  • House Spiders: These arachnids are some of the most common spider species in all the United States. Expect to find these small pests building webs in the nooks and crannies of your home. 

  • Cellar Spiders: Sometimes called daddy long legs, these creatures have long, thin legs that support a round, smooth body. 

  • Wolf Spiders: Gentle giants, these spiders are covered in thick bristles from head to abdomen. These spiders prefer to live nomadic lives rather than build webs for their prey.

Are spiders dangerous?

All spider species have fangs, and all spider species have some form of venom inside their bodies. However, these poisons rarely affect humans in a meaningful way. Many spider bites are small, hard, and itchy and will fade away after a few short days. However, other spider species are much more dangerous. Black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders, and others have venom that can significantly hurt people and pets. For this reason, handling a spider infestation on your own is never recommended.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders rarely infiltrate homes, usually choosing to stay outdoors. However, certain factors may force them to move inside the house. Below are a few of the most common reasons:

  • Large or easily accessible entry points 

  • Extreme temperature fluctuation or heavy rainfall 

  • Transported in via potted plants, tools, or second-hand purchases 

  • Underlying pest populations that could be serving as a food source for hungry spiders

If spiders are present in your home, you may need to contact professional help immediately.

Where will I find spiders?

Like many other frequent pests in Ohio, spiders prefer to hide in areas outside the home. Trees, dense vegetation, eaves, and chain fences are some of their particular favorites.

Inside the house, spiders like to stay hidden. Dark, quiet, and undisturbed piles of clutter are often their first choice, but the corners of the wall and baseboard lining can often be a close second.

How do I get rid of spiders?

We at Epcon Lane Pest Control have been providing spider treatment services since our founding in 1945. We use a combination of professional-strength products and cultural controls to create an outcome that is safe for everyone, including the planet. Backed by the Epcon 100% satisfaction guarantee, we make sure that you are satisfied with your spider control service – no matter what!

Reach out to our team to schedule a visit right away, or sign up for a home pest control plan at a time convenient for you. We are ready to help!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Removing arachnids like spiders can take a considerable amount of time; this is why the importance of spider prevention cannot be understated. Here are a few methods suggested by our professionals:

  • Follow all general pest prevention advice to protect your property from prey insects (including those that spiders eat). 

  • Use waterproof sealants to caulk any entry points that expose the inside of your house. 

  • Have your home professionally inspected against encroaching spiders or any pest prey activity that may be lurking nearby. The Epcon Lane Pest Control team will be happy to perform a spider inspection for your property.

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