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What Every Southern Maine Resident Needs To Know About House Spiders

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Common household spiders may not be the most pleasant thing to encounter, but they are typically not dangerous. It's important to know the different kinds of spiders you may encounter and the basic steps to preventing these pests around your home. Our article and Southern Maine pest control advice, can help you with this.

The Ten Most Common House Spiders 

There are several spider species throughout Maine, but you will encounter some types of spiders more commonly in southern Maine than others. Here are the most notable species that you should be keeping an eye out for:

  1. Common House Spiders
  2. Wolf Spiders
  3. American Grass Spiders
  4. Shamrock Spiders
  5. European Garden Spiders
  6. Orb Weaver Spiders (there are several types of orb weavers you may encounter)
  7. Sac Spiders
  8. Fishing Spiders
  9. Jumping Spiders
  10. Crab Spiders

Learning how to identify various species of spiders can be challenging. Call Big Blue Bug Solutions for spider ID and advice- they are the spider experts.

Spider 101: Identifying What Spider Is In Your House

Spiders can be hard to tell apart, especially from a distance, but you can use the following tips to identify the spider species running around your home:

  • Look at the coloration of the spider. Notice the general body color and any distinctive markings such as darker colors, stripes, or patterns.
  • If possible, note how many eyes the spider has – it will either be six or eight.
  • Look for the spider’s web, check its design, and note its built-in location.
  • Note the spider’s size and any distinctive characteristics like spines or hairs on the legs and how the spider catches food.

Suppose you still have issues identifying your spider invaders even after checking these items. In that case, you should reach out to us at Big Blue Bug Solutions for more identification help and assistance in removing the spiders around your home.

Do All Spiders Bite Humans?

While virtually every spider species can bite humans, the spiders you will commonly encounter around your home are likely more scared of you than you are of them. They will avoid you as much as possible and only bite when truly threatened. Additionally, the spiders in Southern Maine are not known for being medically dangerous or particularly venomous. Even if a spider bite hurts, it is not likely to have severe consequences. 

If you are experiencing trouble breathing or difficulty swallowing after receiving a spider bite, you should be seeking medical attention immediately, as these are signs of a serious allergic reaction.

The Key To Keeping Spiders Out Of Your Home

To get rid of spiders naturally, you should follow some of the below basic prevention tips:

  • Seal up cracks around your home that spiders may enter through.
  • Address pest prey issues that provide food for spiders.
  • Fix leaks to prevent excess moisture from attracting spiders and pest prey.
  • Keep your yard free of debris and overgrown grass or foliage to reduce hiding spots.
  • Declutter your home and carefully brush away spider webs often.

However, one of the best ways to get rid of spiders and the key to keeping this pest away is to invest in help from Big Blue Bug Solutions. Only our expert pest control technicians can identify your pest issues and tailor solutions to your property’s needs; this allows us to safely and efficiently remove spider infestations before they become a problem for your family.