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Date Posted: December 30, 2022
Category: Spiders

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Entertainment and folklore traditionally portray spiders as creepy and dangerous creatures, and some Americans struggle with a tremendous fear of spiders—a psychological condition known as arachnophobia. Spiders are a common pest that will enter homes and create webs for capturing passing prey. 

People often miscategorize spiders as insects, but they belong to the class Arachnida. Spiders are predatory arthropods that researchers estimate exist in roughly 40,000 various species. Here in North America, approximately 3,500 different types of spiders exist. 

Spiders found in homes usually are rather solitary creatures with eight legs that lack wings or antennae and appear in many different colors. With only a few exceptions, spiders have glands that will produce venom, which they excrete through their fangs known as chelicerae. Fortunately, the majority of spiders represent a minimal health risk to humans. In nature, spiders benefit the environment by controlling the population of many bothersome insects and other pests. 

Are you noticing too many spiders in your home? Consider speaking with a local pest control company for assistance. An experienced Southern Maine pest control professional receives training that involves identifying house spiders and the ways these creatures behave. The pros understand the best methods of controlling spiders using some of the latest treatment options.

Types Of Spiders You May Find In Your Home

What are some of the most common types of house spiders? The actual “common house spider” (Parasteatoda tepidariorum) is a web-producing species with a small body that measures about ¼ of an inch with legs that extend outward, measuring two or three times that size. The yellow sac spider, aptly named for its appearance, has two rows of four eyes (eight total).  

You will most commonly see fisher spiders from the Pisauridae family in Maine's coastal and lake regions. Other common types include wolf spiders (family Lycosidae) and jumping spiders (family Salticidae).

What are the types of dangerous spiders that exist in Maine? The two primary spider species in the U.S. that possess venom with the potency for truly posing human health risks are the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. Neither of these harmful species is native to this state; however, sightings of black widows occur occasionally. 

What It Means If You See Spiders In Your Home

One reason homeowners who routinely encounter small or large spiders in Maine indoors should consider having a professionally performed inspection is that spiders might indicate an underlying pest control problem. 

Five No-Sweat Tips To Prevent Spiders In Your Home

What are some of the best ways how to prevent spiders from entering my home? Consider the following five best preventative measures: 

  1. Spiders will generally remain in locations with ample food supplies; therefore, keep kitchen floors free of crumbs, promptly wipe up spills, and address other concerns that attract insects. 

  2. Limit the use of bright exterior lighting near entryways to the home that attracts various flying pests that spiders consume. 

  3. Consider transitioning to the yellowish LED-style light bulbs that are much less attractive to most pests. 

  4. Always look inside bags or boxes that you retrieve from attics, basements, or garages for any sign of spiders.

  5. Promptly remove spider webs using a vacuum, which may discourage these pests from remaining in the home. 

Homeowners that successfully prevent spider intrusions typically adopt two or more best practices, such as preventing insects and other food sources, diligently performing property maintenance, and implementing exclusionary that physically limit points of entry. 

The Most Effective Spider Control Solution For Your Home

Are you wondering how to get rid of spiders in my house? Contact the team with Big Blue Bug Solutions regarding an inspection.

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