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What are spiders?

Like ants, spiders are regular and common visitors of our Arkansas homes and businesses. Unlike ants, spiders are arachnids, not insects. Physical characteristics of a spider include two body parts, eight legs, and the ability to produce silk. They don't have wings or antennae. Spiders also have hollow fangs they use to inject their prey with venom. 

Below is a brief description of some of our area's most common spiders; brown recluse spiders, house spiders, and jumping spiders.

The brown recluse spider ranges from yellowish-gray to dark black; their abdomen is covered in gray hairs. They have eight thin, long legs that are darker in color than their body. The "violin-like" pattern on the top of their body and three pairs of eyes arranged in a semi-circle pattern help identify this spider.

Jumping spiders have dark, stocky bodies with pale or white-colored markings. Their eight short, powerful legs allow them to jump more than 25 times their own body length. These spiders have excellent daytime vision. 

The house spider has an elongated abdomen and is a yellowish-brown color. Many of these spiders have darker stripes on their body and legs that meet at an angle, creating a chevron-like pattern.

Are spiders dangerous?

The brown recluse spider is an example of a dangerous spider. Their venom is potent enough to cause health problems for people that require the assistance of a medical professional. While not every person will have a severe reaction to their bites, some will. Their venom can cause the skin around the edge of the bite site to swell, become tender, and sometimes ulcerate. An ulcerated wound resulting from a brown recluse spider bite is prone to infection and takes time to heal. 

Lucky for us, the vast majority of spiders that we come into contact with regularly are not dangerous. The venom of most spiders is not strong enough to cause significant problems for people. Spider bites also aren't something that happens to a person on a daily basis. Spiders are naturally shy and reclusive and they only bite as a last resort. Their primary means of defense is hiding.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Whether you have a house filled with many spiders or just the occasional spider, the fact of the matter is spiders are getting inside. If spiders keep finding a way into your home, it is most likely because they have followed their insect prey indoors. Spiders are predators and feed on a variety of insects. Like any pest, spiders live where there are plentiful food sources.

Where will I find spiders?

In our yards, spiders live in areas that provide them with a lot of protection and access to food and water. Gardens, flower beds, woodpiles, trees, and areas under decks and steps often house populations of spiders.

The exterior of our homes also provides areas of refuge for spiders. Spiders will hide behind window shutters, siding, roof shingles, window and door trim, and outdoor light fixtures. 

If spiders follow their prey into your home, they will take cover in dark, damp areas, usually in the same places their insect prey is hanging out.

  • Brown recluse spiders prefer to stay at ground level and build their webs under furniture, the bottoms of closets, and within basement clutter. 
  • Jumping spiders hide in similar areas as brown recluse spiders, under furniture, behind window or door trim, and in between boxes.
  • House spiders are good climbers and often create their webs in the corners of closets, basements, windows, and doors.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Spiders are an essential part of the ecosystem, but they should not be part of our Arkansas households. To eliminate the spiders that have taken over your yard or home, reach out to Advanced Pest Control. We are a family owned and operated business dedicated to our customers and providing the services necessary to help them get rid of their pest problems. We provide advanced treatments that will produce advanced results! Our professionals are honest, committed to our customers, and provide nothing less than top-of-the-line pest control services! 

To learn more about ridding your Hot Springs property of spiders that have become unwelcome guests through our residential or commercial pest control services, contact our knowledgeable team of experts today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

At Advanced Pest Control, we have put together a list of helpful pest control tips to assist you in making your property as unappealing as possible to these annoying and troublesome pests.

  • Clear away vegetation, woodpiles, and debris from your home's exterior where spiders can hide.
  • Stop spiders and their insect prey from moving into your home by sealing spaces in its exterior walls, foundation, and around windows, and doors. 
  • Don't let spiders become comfortable in your home. Whenever you see their webs, sweep them away; this will annoy them and make them want to move along.
  • Regularly vacuum behind and under furniture and inside storage spaces like closets and pantries to remove hiding spiders from your house.
  • Keep your home free of the clutter where spiders like to hide.
  • Reduce insect activity near your house by keeping outdoor lights off as much as possible, keeping lids on trash cans, and fixing things like leaky pipes that can cause standing water to build up around your home.

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