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The Dangers Spiders Can Pose to St. Louis Residents

December 30, 2021 - Spiders

Spiders can be a frightening sight in your St. Louis home or business, and these arachnids may bring a certain set of dangers to the people and pets living on your property. Understanding these dangers can help you better protect yourself from these pests.

Common Household Spiders

Spiders are eight-legged arachnids that many find frightening due to their appearance and potential threats. Common household spiders in St. Louis include wolf spiders, house spiders, and cellar spiders. Additionally, while all spiders possess venom and fangs, and most spiders will bite humans or pets, only two types of spiders are considered medically dangerous to people – the brown recluse and the black widow. Both of these spiders are rare to find in your home or business, but you should be fully aware of what they look like in order to avoid them more effectively.

The brown recluse is brown with a dark violin-shaped marking on its back, while the black widow has a shiny black body and red hourglass marking on its abdomen. A bite from either of these two spider types should result in you seeking immediate medical attention.

In general, spiders will enter homes searching for food, water, or shelter, especially when the weather changes and spiders are looking for somewhere safe and away from unfavorable conditions. You may also experience a larger spider problem if your home is host to prey that spiders prefer, such as ants, cockroaches, or other insects. If you want to get rid of spiders, you will likely also have to deal with any underlying pest issue on your property.

How To Prevent Spiders

A major part of learning how to get rid of spiders is understanding how to prevent spiders in the first place. Follow some of these tips below to deter spiders from your property.

  • Addressing pest prey is one of the best ways to get rid of spiders in a home or your business. Invest in ongoing pest control with the help of the professionals at Roberts Pest Control to eliminate the food sources that are bringing spiders into your house in the first place.
  • Seal up entry points for spiders around your home or business by inspecting and repairing all cracks or gaps in the windows, doors, and foundation. You should also update weatherstripping, window and door screens, and keep exterior doors and windows closed whenever possible to keep spiders and their pest prey out.
  • Fix moisture issues and leaks around your property, especially in dark or secluded areas like basements, garages, and crawl spaces. Spiders are attracted to pools of moisture, so eliminating them makes your property less hospitable.
  • Declutter your home regularly, and be sure to vacuum and dust often to help eliminate spider webs and make your home less desirable for spiders to settle in as things are being moved and cleaned consistently.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Spiders In A Home

If you are having a problem with spiders around your home or business, contact the professionals at Roberts Pest Control for more advice or spider (and pest prey) control assistance. The experts at Roberts Pest Control will effectively remove spiders and all pest prey so that your property returns to a peaceful, pest-free location.

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