206447_f260HOUSE SPIDERS

APPEARANCE:

House spiders are typically brownish or grayish in colour. They are small to medium in size with a body length of about 1/8″ to 3/8″. They have 2 body regions, the head and abdomen. They have 4 pairs of legs and most have 8 eyes, however, some have 6. Although all spiders contain venom, only the brown recluse and black widow spiders are consistently dangerous to humans in North America.

HABITS:

Most spiders are nocturnal and generally have poor eyesight relying on sensing vibrations in their web to detect prey. They trap their prey with their webbing and will often create their webs in corners, poorly ventilated areas, cluttered areas such as shed, garages and storage rooms and also near lighting, often where insects fly. In general they will scurry off if frightened, unless they are protecting their eggs or young. During the day, they tend to hide in their web or in cracks or crevices. While most spiders can bite, they usually don’t unless provoked. Spiders are predatory insects that will move indoors, especially during the cooler months of the year, to find secure areas to build their webs.

PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PEST:

Spiders become a nuisance when found inside homes or hanging from eaves, shutters and window frames. On the exterior of homes and other buildings, their webs can be quite unsightly. Spider problems are greatest for homes and cabins on a shady lot near a lake, stream or pond. Some spiders will attempt to bite when disturbed, but they are usually unable to pierce human skin. Poisonous spiders, such as the brown recluse and black widow spiders are not native to our area. They are more cause for frustration as a nuisance pest indoors because of their habit to build unsightly webs.

LIFE CYCLE:

A week or more after mating the female will lay as little as 20 eggs, or as many as several hundred in a single sac, or several sacs. The spiderlings may emerge in a few weeks or the following spring.

DIET:

Spiders are predators, who paralyze or kill their pray (flying insects are the most common) with their venom.

PREVENTION TIPS:

Spiders are difficult to prevent, given their ability to enter the home in a number of different ways. Spiders typically only enter a dwelling if there is an easy means of doing so. You can help to control spider populations by keeping shrubs and bushes trimmed away from the siding, or exterior of the property as well as sealing any holes or cracks around doors, windows and basements. If spiders have infested your property, call adams Pest Control as soon as you spot them to prevent a larger spider problem.

 

Adam’s Pest Control can help you get rid of house spiders using the latest methods, we offer 24-hour emergency service. Having problems with house spiders? Contact our Halifax Pest Control Team Today! 

or to book your free inspection with an Adams technician today, call 902-220-4003.