You’re here to find out how to get rid of spiders. We get it.

spider icon

Creepy, crawly, but rarely dangerous

Season: Active when weather is warm.

Disease profile: Although all spiders use venom when they bite and kill their prey, only three spiders are dangerous to humans, none of which create cobwebs indoors.

Appearance: Eight legs, all attached to its cephalothorax, with mouth, fangs, eyes, and pedipalps (mini-legs) attached to the front. They have tiny hairs and claws on their legs to aid with sensory needs, and produce silk through organs called spinnerets. Size, color and markings vary. Many species are common household inhabitants in the U.S. Shudder.

Signs of spiders: Does your home have cobwebs? You’re not going to like this: every cobweb you see was made by a spider. Most household spiders spin webs over lamps, in corners and basements, and while unsightly, cause no real harm – except for that surprise panic attack when you discover a new batch of spider hatchlings in the hallway.

SPIDER BIOLOGY

Females lay up to 3,000 eggs in one or more silk egg sacs, and when the eggs hatch, they appear as tiny versions of adults. As they grow, they shed, or molt, and live for one or two years on average.

ASK 603 PEST

“How do I get rid of spiders?”

A two-pronged approach is the most effective way to get rid of a spider problem. First, a good treatment plan by a professional pest control specialist will lay the groundwork to get rid of the pesky arachnids. Second, be diligent in vacuuming or removing cobwebs with a broom. We hate to say so, but you can’t expect good results without doing both. This combination will decrease spider population and protect your home from spider breeding areas.

“Can I spray for spiders by myself?”

For the safety of your family and pets, we recommend working with a professional pest control specialist when getting rid of spiders.

“I got bit by a spider and have a welt. What should I do? OMG, what if it was a brown recluse!?”

If you’ve been bitten and are seeing a reaction, you should probably see your physician right away. If possible, bring the spider (likely squished by now) with you to help identify the type of spider. While only three spiders are known to be dangerous to humans (the brown recluse spider, black widow spider, and a hobo spider), some people may have allergic reactions to spider bites. Those dangerous spiders live in the South and Midwest U.S. states.

“What happens when you get bitten by a spider that is dangerous to humans?”

Within eight to 12 hours, your pain would become quite intense and over a few days, a large sore will form. Hightail it to your physician.

Get rid of these spiders!