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What are spiders?

Spiders are common household pests, and unlike many of the pests that invade our spaces, spiders are not insects; they are arachnids. Arachnids all share some physical characteristics, including having two body parts and eight legs, and a lack of wings and antennae.

All spiders produce the silk they are well-known for but not all build webs with it. Those spiders that don’t make webs create burrows to rest in; they hunt their prey by running after it and physically capturing it. Spiders that build webs use the structure to capture their prey and rest in.

house spider on a persons arm

Black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders, wolf spiders, and house spiders are regular visitors to our greater Tampa area homes and yards.

Are spiders dangerous?

There are dangerous spiders in Florida that we need to pay particular attention to and make sure they don’t take up residence in our yards and homes. Brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders both have venom strong enough to be dangerous to people and pets.

The majority of spiders that we come across aren’t harmful. Outside in our yards, in balanced numbers, spiders are beneficial, helping to control insect populations naturally. However, when spiders take over our yards in large numbers or move into our homes, we need to take action to eliminate them.

If spiders are in your home, it means that there are insects inside that they are hunting. Both have made their way in through openings in your house. Unless those entry points are found and repaired, you will continue to experience pest problems.

Why do I have a spider problem?

The warm, humid weather in Florida is like a breath of fresh air to spiders; they do very well in our climate and live outside all around us. Spiders move into our homes from the outside, usually for one of three reasons. They are following their prey, searching for a quiet place to lay their eggs, or we brought them inside in something like a cardboard box, delivery, or a potted plant.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders will hang out in a variety of places in our yards, preferring to be wherever there is a lot of insect activity to ensure there is plenty of prey for them to hunt. Areas around pools, trash cans, recycling bins, and pet food often attract insects and hungry spiders. Other places you will find a lot of spider activity include gardens, flowerbeds, trees, tall grass, and piles of leaves or other lawn debris.

If spiders have found a way into your home, they will hang out in dark, quiet areas like the corners of rooms, around windows, in closets, or behind sinks and appliances. They also like to hide in garages, sheds, and other outbuildings.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Get rid of unwanted spiders from your Florida property with help from the EcoTech Pest Control Services professionals. Our friendly, knowledgeable, and highly trained professionals will provide the support and services needed to eliminate your property’s spider problems. We offer all our customers exceptional pest control solutions, excellent communication, and superior customer service.

If you live in the greater Tampa area and need help eliminating spiders from your home or business, give EcoTech Pest Control Services a call today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, protect your property from pests with the following prevention tips:

  • Eliminate cluttered areas in your home, garage, and sheds. Spiders love to hide in the “stuff” we collect and store.
  • Maintain your yard. Don’t let gardens and the lawn become overgrown.
  • Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins to keep insects away from them that spiders like to hunt.
  • Regularly inspect your home’s exterior, repairing any defect you discover.
  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to keep your home dry.
  • Regularly vacuum and dust your house, removing any cobwebs you find.
 

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