Halloween is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean that you want creepy crawlers infiltrating your basement! While synthetic webs and plastic spiders make great holiday decorations, it’s not nearly as fun to walk through a sticky silk net covered in half-masticated flies. What do you do when spiders take over your home? Our eight-legged friends do not pose much of a threat to humans, but there are some species that deliver venomous bites. To avoid a possibly hazardous situation, homeowners should educate themselves on why spiders are inclined to enter a home and the best ways to get rid of them.

Why Do I Have Spiders in My Home?

Spiders have a tendency to make our skin crawl, but they are useful in one regard: They let us know if we have a greater bug problem on our hands. Spiders are nature’s pest control, sweeping up flies, mosquitos and other buzzing pests in their webs. They can be creepy to look at, but spiders perform their own form of extermination!

The presence of spiders is likely indicative that you have another pest problem. They move indoors in search of warmth, shelter and food. If you have a small insect problem, you also probably have a spider problem.

How to Prevent Spiders from Entering Your Home

The most effective form of spider control is pest control! If you have loose screens, cracks underneath doorframes and other entryways, spiders will find their way inside. These critters can also accidentally be introduced to your home via plants, firewood, storage space or clothing. There are a few things you can do to prevent spiders from getting inside:

  • Monitor Your Trash – Spiders are attracted to flies and flies love garbage. An easy way to reduce spiders is to reduce the smorgasbord of garbage for insects. Keep your trash secure and closed and don’t let it sit for too long.
  • Seal Your Home: Use caulk to seal gaps in your windows and make sure to repair any rips in your screen doors. Homeowners can use mesh to seal up attic and crawl spaces.
  • Regular Cleaning- Like most forms of pest control, regular cleanups can help eliminate eggs, larvae, nests and webs. You’ll simultaneously get rid of the spider’s food source as well as destroy their homes before they have the opportunity to set up shop.
  • Get a Cat!- It may not be a conventional form of pest control, but cats love to “play” with bugs. You’ll notice an immediate decrease in bugs when you have a furry security guard manning the entryways.

Venomous Spiders in Mississippi

While most Mississippi spiders are harmless, there are two commonly known species that are dangerous to humans: The Brown Recluse and the Black Widow.

Black and Brown Widow

The Black and Brown Widow spiders can be identified by it shiny, bulbous body and red hourglass marking on the underside of the abdomen. Black and Brown Widow spider venom is a neurotoxin and can cause cramps and muscle spasms. Most people don’t even notice if they’ve been bitten, but after a few hours, the bite begins to sting and ache.

Brown Recluse Spider

The Brown Recluse is known to be one of the most fearsome, dangerous spiders in the world. They can be identified by their brown (obviously) body and violin-shaped mark on their heads. They are also known as Violin Spiders, Fiddlers, or Fiddlebacks. While venom from the bites can cause necrosis (or tissue decay), death from a Brown Recluse bite is extremely rare. Fun Fact! Brown Recluse spiders only have six eyes, while most spiders have eight!

What if I’ve Been Bitten by A Venomous Spider?

If you think you’ve been bitten by a spider, take care to wash the site of the bite with soap and water. Apply a cool compress to the site. If you have the spider in question, bring it with you to the doctor, so they can determine the best method of treatment.

Spider Myth!

Most people have heard the common adage: “Humans swallow approximately 8 spiders a year!” This particular work of fiction originated at PC Professional Magazine, in 1993, as an internet experiment designed to test how fast poor-quality information could spread over online mediums. The result? Apparently incredibly fast.

Call Orkin Today for a Free Quote!

If your spider situation is out of control, you need some professional help. An Orkin specialist will be able to identify which spiders you have and the best way to eliminate them. Because spider control is an ongoing process, Orkin uses an exclusive A.I.M. (Assess, Implement and Monitor) solution to fighting your spider problems. Think you have a spider invasion? Call Orkin today!