What are spiders?
Spiders are arachnids, and they play a critical role in our eco-system. Spiders are predators that feed on a wide variety of damaging and dangerous insects, including those that cause significant damage to crops, and help to control their populations. All spiders have two body regions, chelicerae (fangs), venom glands, and eight legs. They come in a variety of sizes and colors, but they all lack antennae and wings.
In general, spiders are shy and try to stay hidden from view. While there is a lot of fear associated with spiders, the truth is there are only a couple species living in the United States that pose any real threat to people. Most of the species of spiders that people come across daily are harmless, but this is not to say we need them taking over our homes.
Some of the most common species of spiders living in Central Maryland are listed below:
Daddy longlegs are not true spiders, as they lack venom glands. As their name suggests, they have eight long, skinny legs. They have two eyes and two body segments fused together, creating a large, singular body segment. Daddy long legs also have small, fang-like mouthparts that they use to hold their prey as they eat.
Orb-weaver spiders are one of the most common groups of spiders. Their appearance varies depending on their exact species; in general, they are light brown to black with brightly colored markings. Orb-weavers create distinctive wheel-shaped webs.
Wolf spiders are large, hairy spiders that give off the vibe of being aggressive or dangerous when, in fact, they are harmless. They are dark brown with pale or yellowish markings, and they have large, robust bodies with powerful legs covered in hair. These spiders are hunters and can run fast. Wolf spiders are not web-building spiders; instead, they create burrows to hide in while waiting for prey to happen by.
Are spiders dangerous?
Spiders are not aggressive towards people, and their primary use of their venom is to hunt prey. Spiders do not like confrontation and, if possible, will move away from danger. Usually, a spider bite only occurs as a last means of defense when people unknowingly come into contact with them.
Those spiders that are genuinely dangerous have venom strong enough to trigger health problems in people. Nuisance spiders, on the other hand, have venom that is not strong enough to cause health concerns. Wolf spiders, orb-weaver spiders, and daddy longlegs are all examples of nuisance spiders.
Why do I have a spider problem?
Gardens, grass, woodpiles, trees, and shrubbery are all things that spiders find very attractive in our yards. These objects provide them with lots of places to hunt for insects and other spiders. Spiders live outside, but often move into homes, garages, sheds, and other structures while following their prey. Once inside, they tend to stay until made to leave.
Where will I find spiders?
Most spiders, including orb-weaver spiders, create webs to either capture their prey or as a place to rest. They often place their webs in garden areas, shrubs, bushes, trees, under decks, under roof eaves, and in doorways. Wolf spiders do not build webs; instead, they create burrows in the ground under rock piles, woodpiles, shrubs, or bushes. After finding their way inside, spiders build their webs under upholstered furniture, in basements, closets, attics, under cabinets, and in other quiet, secluded spots.
How do I get rid of spiders?
The best way to eliminate current problems with spiders and prevent future ones is to partner with Royal Greens, Inc. Our experienced technicians are always reliable, honest, friendly, and willing to work with our customers to solve their unique pest control problems. We provide the services necessary to ensure long-term results to your pest problems here in Maryland. We get rid of spiders and other pests with the help of our effective home pest control services in Central Maryland. Our professionals know all about spiders, as well as how to keep them off of your property and out of your home. To protect your Central Maryland home from ants, reach out to Royal Greens today!
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
In addition to our professional services, the following prevention tips will help you avoid problems with spiders:
Look closely at the exterior of your house, sealing entry points in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline.
Replace exterior white outdoor lights with yellow lights that are less attractive to insects.
Remove excess debris and clutter from your property where spiders can hide.
Inside your home, keep storage areas clutter-free and organized.
Cut back overgrown trees, shrubs, and bushes from the exterior of your house.
Reduce hiding spots in your home by storing items in plastic containers with locking lids.
Keep spiders out of your home by making sure window and door screens are intact and place weatherstripping around doors.