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Date Posted: August 31, 2021
Category: Spiders

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Spiders are a natural part of life. They help combat harmful insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. This is not, however, all they do. Some spiders are harmful and threaten residents around Portland with their dangerous bites and venom.

One question we are asked frequently is: “How dangerous is the house spider?” To help you better understand this common arachnid, we will be breaking down its threat level, invading habits, and weaknesses. Here is how big of a problem house spiders are inside and around Portland homes.

How Common Are House Spiders?

The house spider was named for where it is most commonly found, inside homes. They enter into dwellings to construct intricate webs and catch prey. If you didn’t know, spiders, in general, are insectivores, meaning their diet consists mainly of insects. If your home regularly has trouble with pest problems, you will be more likely to find house spiders crawling around. Keeping this in mind, house spiders do not always invade homes to hunt. Sometimes they wander in by accident, crawling through gaps, cracks, and other weaknesses found in the exterior of homes.

Are House Spiders Dangerous?

The house spider is venomous and extremely fatal - to other creatures its size. The larger a creature is, the less effective this pest’s venom is on that creature. For humans, a bite from a house spider poses little to no threat. However, other arachnids, such as black widows, are dangerous and pose a serious threat to human health. We recommend doing your research and learning how to tell these pests apart.

What You Should Know To Keep House Spiders Away

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if a spider is dangerous or not. No one wants them inside their home. To keep these pests from invading your living areas, here is a comprehensive list of prevention strategies we recommend you try:

  • Use a caulking gun to seal up gaps, cracks, and holes in your home’s exterior foundation and spacing around window/door frames.

  • Repair damage to your home’s window/door frames, doors, shingles, and siding.

  • Install door sweeps under all doors leading out of your home.

  • Make sure your window/door screens are in good working condition.

  • Keep clutter to a minimum around your property.

  • Reduce moisture, eliminate debris, and keep shrubs, bushes, and trees trimmed in a 15-foot radius around your home’s exterior.

  • Eliminate sources of water build-up around your property and inside your home.

  • Repair damage to water piping.

  • Use a dehumidifier indoors to keep moisture levels down.

  • Regularly vacuum your carpets, sweep hard floors, and clean surfaces around your home.

  • Keep food and drinks stored away inside airtight containers.

  • Make sure your trash cans are equipped with tight-fitting lids.

The Benefits Of Professional Spider Control

It takes a tremendous amount of effort to prevent spiders on your own without access to professional-grade pest control products. To get your Portland home and property the treatments it needs to stay spider-free, year-round, let the experts at Big Blue Bug Solutions help. Our team has trained long and hard and is qualified to use industrial-grade products to ensure you and your home’s safety against dangerous, destructive, and annoying pests.

With a range of affordable pest control services to choose from and a staff of committed and friendly technicians to implement them, you will never be without an answer to the pests inside your home. Call Big Blue Bug Solutions today to find your best solution to pest problems at your Portland property. We will handle the details and let you enjoy the benefits. It’s that simple.

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