A Guide To House Spider Control & Prevention

What are house spiders?

As their name suggests, house spiders are common intruders of homes and other buildings. Like all spiders, house spiders have eight legs, two body parts (cephalothorax and abdomen), and no antennae. They also have fang-like mouthparts called chelicerae. House spiders are yellowish-brown in color with off-white colored abdomens. Their bodies and legs have dark stripes that meet at an angle and form a chevron-like pattern.

a common house spider crawling on the floor of a residential property in arlington tennessee

Are house spiders dangerous?

House spiders are not dangerous and are considered nuisance pests. All spiders possess venom, but non-threatening spiders like house spiders do not have venom that is strong enough to cause health problems in people. House spiders have the potential to bite but usually do so only if they are being directly threatened or squished.

Why do I have a house spider problem?

House spiders are attracted to properties that offer the things they need to live successfully. Most residential properties make a good home for spiders and offer ample food, water, and shelter sources. Things like gardens, trees, shrubs, bushes, woodpiles, and heavy vegetation can attract spiders and allow them to thrive. House spiders commonly find their way inside homes and other structures like garages, barns, and sheds while following their food sources. They also move inside if the weather outside becomes too hot, dry, or wet. House spiders tend to move inside through spaces in exterior walls, foundations, or through spaces around windows and doors.

Where will I find house spiders?

House spiders and spiders, in general, are shy and reclusive. They prefer to take up residence in places that are quiet, dark, and secluded. Outside they create webs or burrows in gardens, shrubs, overgrown vegetation, tall grasses, in rock piles, wood piles, and underneath decks and porches. House spiders that have moved inside like to nest in corners of closets, in basements, in crawlspaces, in attics, behind wall voids, and under sinks. They will build and then abandon their unsightly webs throughout a structure they have invaded while searching for prey.

How do I get rid of house spiders?

To rid your Tennessee home or business of invasive houses spiders, seek the help of an experienced pest control expert. At Mid-South Pest & Termite, our knowledgeable professionals provide effective pest control services using environment-friendly methods. We are committed to our customers and to using advanced solutions to eliminate house spiders and other household pests from Memphis, Germantown, Cordova, Bartlett, Lakeland, and Arlington homes. To learn more about our residential and commercial pest control options, call Mid South Pest & Termite!

How can I prevent house spiders in the future?

To avoid  problems with house spiders at your Memphis area property we suggest the following prevention tips:

  • Caulk cracks and crevices in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Place weather stripping around exterior windows and doors.

  • Maintain your lawn and keep your grass cut short.

  • Eliminate possible water sources.

  • Limit clutter within your home, especially in storage areas.

  • Regularly clean and remove spider webs that are built inside your home.

  • Trim tree limbs, shrubs, and bushes away from the outside of your building.

  • Remove excess piles of debris like woodpiles, rock piles, leaf piles, and grass piles from your property.

 

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