What are spiders?
Spiders are pests that, when living outside and away from people, are beneficial. The biggest role they play is in pest control. Spiders are predators that feed on many insects that, if their populations become too large, would damage crops, spread diseases, or cause damage to our homes.
Beneficial they may be, spiders are also pests that many are afraid of or would really rather not run into regularly. Spiders are arachnids, with each species varying by looks and where they prefer to live. All spiders have eight legs, two body parts, and lack wings and antennae.
In our area, examples of spiders that make themselves at home in our yards and homes include house spiders, black widow spiders, and daddy longlegs.
Are spiders dangerous?
There are some dangerous spiders that call our area of California home. The black widow is one such dangerous spider because its venom is strong enough to trigger serious health problems in people. After being bitten by a black widow, you should seek medical attention to manage the symptoms. Venom from black widow spiders causes pain and swelling around the bite site, abdominal cramping, fever, tremors, sweating, and vomiting.
The good news is that most spiders and their bites are harmless to people. More good news is that spiders are not aggressive towards people, and bites are typically accidental, not because the spiders sought us out.
Why do I have a spider problem?
Spiders live all around us; they are good hiding and you'll likely walk by spiders many times a day without noticing.
Spiders usually only become a problem for homeowners when their populations explode. Like other predators, spiders live near their prey. If you have an insect problem on your property, it won’t be long until you also have a spider problem.
Where will I find spiders?
Spiders are common in our yards; our trees, gardens, flowerbeds, trash cans, and outdoor lights provide them with plenty of access to their insect prey. When insects move indoors to escape harsh weather or in search of food, spiders will follow. Once inside, if there are dark, quiet spaces to hide and plenty of food, they are happy to stay.
Areas of a home where spiders typically hang out include crawl spaces, bathrooms, kitchens, and storage areas. They also like to hang out around windows, doors, and light fixtures.
How do I get rid of spiders?
Keeping spiders from taking over your yard and home is tricky. The easiest way to guard your home and family against wandering spiders is to partner with local and experienced pest professionals. At A Step Above Pest Control, our professionals will identify the spiders present, find where they live, and provide safe and effective treatments to get rid of them.
You can have peace of mind when choosing A Step Above Pest Control for your Los Angeles home pest control or commercial pest control needs because all the materials we use are registered with the EPA and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. To learn more about protecting your property from unwanted spiders and their insect prey, contact us today and speak with one of our helpful pest professionals!
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
Avoid large numbers of spiders from taking over your Los Angeles home or yard with the following prevention tips.
- Use weatherstripping and door sweeps to keep spiders out of your home.
- Inspect your home’s exterior walls and foundation, sealing any openings you discover.
- Remove things from your yard that spiders and their insect prey like to hide in like leaf piles, rock piles, woodpiles, and other debris.
- Cut back tall grass and shrubs away from walkways, steps, and entrances to your home.
- Keep outdoor lights turned off as much as possible; they will attract insects and spiders to your home’s exterior.
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