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Spider Identification & Prevention

Your Guide To Combating Spiders

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Combating spider infestations all alone is overwhelming. You can trust Westfall's Lawn and Pest to get rid of dangerous spiders hiding around your property.

Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders belong to the classification of arachnids and are air-breathing arthropods. These pests have eight legs, fangs that produce venom in varying intensities, six to eight pairs of eyes, and a spinneret that makes silk. Spiders are a highly diverse species, and there are many different types of spiders around today; they have varying colors, patterns, and distinctive markings.

That said, a few types of spiders in our area are commonly known for invading human structures. These include wolf spiders, house spiders, brown recluse spiders, and black widow spiders. Westfall's Lawn and Pest can help you identify which pests are invading your property.

Are spiders dangerous?

While most common house spiders appear more frightening than harmful, all spider infestations present certain risks. Spider bites can trigger allergic reactions in certain individuals, introduce bacteria, and may introduce a medical threat, depending on the spider delivering the bite.

Medically dangerous spiders you need to keep an eye out for include the brown recluse and black widow spider; these species present serious health consequences should you receive a bite. Pain, swelling, nausea, fatigue, rash, or difficulty breathing and swallowing after a spider bite should warrant immediate medical attention.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders often enter human structures in search of food, water, or shelter. Infestations of pest prey on your property, excess moisture and puddles of water, and plenty of hiding places like overgrown outdoor areas and cluttered indoor areas make your property desirable to all kinds of spiders.

Where will I find spiders?

You will typically find spiders hiding outdoors in long grass, near piles of debris or woodpiles, around holes in the ground, or behind plant pots and underneath porches or decks. Once inside, spiders often lurk around bathrooms, basements, attics, garages, and other secluded, dark spaces.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Get rid of spiders the easy way by contacting Westfall's Lawn and Pest at the first sign of these eight-legged pests on your property. Our pest professionals will help you eliminate all traces of spiders from interior and exterior areas so that you don't need to worry about frightening encounters or bites. Contact us today for your free evaluation.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Keep spiders away in the future by following the below expert spider prevention tips.

  • Eliminate pest prey infestations from around your property with the help of Westfall's Lawn and Pest in order to remove easy spider food sources.
  • Seal up cracks around windows and doors and repair window and door screens so that spiders can't slip inside.
  • Cut back long grass in outdoor areas and remove piles of debris or woodpiles from your property so that spiders don't have easy hiding spots.
  • Address moisture issues or leaks that contribute to puddles of excess water that might attract both spiders and their pest prey.
  • Declutter interior areas often and sweep or dust around stored items to deter spiders from settling there.
  • Carefully sweep away any spider webs you come across to make sure your property shows as inhospitable to these pests.

Reach out to Westfall's Lawn and Pest if you need more advice on spider prevention or if you want assistance safely and reliably removing an active infestation of spiders or other pests from your home or business.

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