ABOUT SPIDERS



The sight of just a single spider may strike fear into certain individuals. However, it is hardly a reason to call an exterminator. The spiders that are frequently found in the Warminster area are ordinary, representing little threat. In fact, spiders are a beneficial species because they are able to control the population of many unwanted pests.

Broad-faced sac spiders, common house spiders, daddy longlegs spiders, grass spiders and wolf spiders are the most common species found in and around Warminster homes and businesses. With the exception of the wolf spider, these varieties spin webs to capture prey. These webs may become a nuisance, especially when spiders are present in considerable numbers. Property owners who notice an inordinate number of spiders around their home or office are advised to seek assistance from a licensed pest control professional to determine whether or not an underlying pest infestation is behind the overabundance of spiders.

APPEARANCE



Eight-legged arachnids like mites and ticks, spiders are not insects. They have hard exoskeletons and bodies that are composed of two components: a combined head and thorax and an abdomen.

The broad-faced sac spider features a distinctive abdomen of yellow or gray while the rest of their bodies are brown with a red overtone. A dark dorsal stripe is clearly visible, and it may be possible to see that this spider's front legs are both darker and thicker than its rear legs. Adult males only reach about half of the size of the 10-millimeter long females.

Common house spiders may be identified by their striped legs and the chevron-shaped markings on their bodies. Brown and gray are the most common body colors, and members of this species are quite small as females only grow to eight millimeters. Once again, adult males are about half that size.

Their long, spindly legs and relatively tiny body are the hallmarks of the daddy longlegs. With legs that may reach lengths of 50 millimeters and tan, gray or black bodies that only grow to about two to 10 millimeters, it is easy to identify this species.

Grass spiders tend to be a bit larger than many of the common spiders typically found throughout the Warminster area. Female adults may be as long as 20 millimeters, and males are only slightly smaller. Their striped carapaces include colors like yellow and brown for camouflage. Their legs exhibit darker colors at the feet than they do proximal the body.

Wolf spiders probably have the most fearsome reputation among local spiders. Their hairy bodies and large size make them easy to distinguish from other species. However, they are good at hiding, and their gray, brown and black colorations make them difficult to see.

DIET



Gardeners and others often welcome a few spiders as they are a helpful species when it comes to eating harmful pests like aphids, ants, caterpillars, flies, mosquitoes and more. With their ability to control biting and stinging insects, it is easy to see why spiders can have a positive effect in outdoor areas.

HABITATS



Most spiders around are web builders. However, they exhibit definite preferences regarding where their webs are built. Some are ground dwellers that will place a web along the top surface of turf or soil. Others try to place their webs higher to catch flying prey.

Spider webs frequently are found around indoor and outdoor light fixtures since spiders know that light will attract prey. The corners of window and door frames are likely places to find webs as are the spaces between overgrown foliage and building exteriors.

The non-web-spinning wolf spider prefers concealment in dark places like attics, basements and burrows. They are frequently found in garages and sheds, perhaps lurking behind some long-unused clutter.

PROBLEMS WITH SPIDERS



As beneficial as spiders may be in the outdoor world, they are nothing but a pest when they venture indoors. They build webs everywhere, which means that property owners must constantly clean up behind them. Having too many spiders outside similarly can become a problem. Walking through spider webs is never pleasant, and there is little doubt that they cause an unsightly mess.

The other main problem with spiders is that they destroy the peace of mind of many individuals. People simply sleep easier and enjoy both indoor and outdoor spaces better when they do not feel that they are surrounded by spiders. Moreover, having too many spiders may indicate an additional, undiagnosed pest problem that may be more dangerous and destructive.

BEHAVIOR



Most spiders spend the majority of their time in the webs that they spin. In addition to providing a place to live, the web also serves as a snare for insects that fly or walk by. The web is critical to the spider's survival, and where it is placed is just as crucial. Accordingly, spiders may build several test webs before deciding on a location that maximizes their opportunities to catch food. This leaves behind a mess for property owners to fix.

Spiders may be active at virtually any time depending upon when prey stumbles across their web. Activity levels may reach a high point after the sun goes down and artificial lighting is turned on because this attracts insects.

Wolf spiders live in burrows instead of webs. Prone to hiding in dark, cluttered areas, this practice helps the wolf spider to pounce on prey that happens by.

HEALTH ISSUES



Although spiders in more exotic locales may be known for their dangerous bite, this is not the case with the species usually found in Warminster. The wolf spider's bite is the most painful, but it rarely causes any complications beyond temporary discomfort. On rare occasions, people may exhibit an allergy to a spider's bite. Excessive itchiness, swelling and pain may make it necessary to schedule an appointment with a doctor.

SIGNS OF A SPIDER INFESTATION



A possible issue with spiders may be present when the following signs are observed:

Having to remove an inordinate number of spider webs from inside buildings
Visual sightings of spiders indoors on a regular basis
Walking through spider webs each morning when leaving the house
Being bitten by a spider

PREVENTION TIPS



Tips to help prevent spider issues include:

• Schedule regular pest control treatments
• Keep lawns trimmed to minimize habitat for ground-dwelling spiders
• Use a broom to knock down outdoor webs
• Routinely power wash building exteriors

SPIDER CONTROL



Spiders are a common pest, though they are not the most threatening one. Instead, their presence in great numbers may indicate an undiagnosed pest issue that may be destructive or present a health hazard. An inspection by a certified exterminator is the only way to understand the extent of the problem and address it appropriately.

Safeguard Pest Control will use a variety of treatments including dusts, gels, and specialized products to eliminate spiders in your home or office.

Our technicians use environmentally safe products to repel spiders and discourage breeding and population growth.

 
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