Frequently Asked Questions About House Spiders
What you need to know about house spiders
As their name suggests, house spiders are common in Virginia area homes. Regular pest control is the best way to control and keep these pests out of our houses.
What are house spiders?
House spiders are yellowish-brown with an off-white abdomen. They have angled darker stripes that produce chevron markings on their body and legs. While they aren't dangerous pests, they certainly shouldn't be welcomed into our homes. House spiders are predators, so if they are in your home, it likely indicates large populations of insects are on your property.
Are house spiders dangerous?
Like other spiders, house spiders have venom, but their venom isn't potent enough to cause harm to a person, so these pests aren't considered dangerous.
House spiders can bite but usually only bite people to defend themselves from harm. Doing things like reaching into a storage box, a garden, or the back of a closet can put you into direct contact with a house spider and elicit a bite.
Why do I have a house spider problem?
Large numbers of insects use our homes to forage for food or to nest. House spiders become a problem after following their insect prey indoors.
Once house spiders get into your home, if they are comfortable and food is plentiful, they are happy to stay. House spiders living in your home will breed and increase their numbers and presence in your home.
Where will I find house spiders?
House spiders find their way into older homes easier than tightly sealed new construction homes. Older homes have many cracks and crevices that allow insects and hunting spiders to move inside. Spiders also get indoors through open doors or windows or hitchhike indoors inside a box or on a potted plant!
Once inside, house spiders like to build their messy webs in a place where they can easily catch their insect prey, like the corners of rooms, windows, and doors. Light fixtures, the tops of cabinets, and ceilings are other popular places for these pests to hang out.
How do I get rid of house spiders?
When house spiders get into your Fairfax area home, they are annoying and indicate a widespread pest problem. To get rid of unwanted spiders and the insects they feed on from your property, partner with us at SPRK Pest Solutions.
Our professionals will perform a thorough inspection and eco-friendly treatments to solve your home's unique pest problems. For the most effective pest control in Fairfax, reach out to us today and learn about our residential pest control or commercial pest control options!
How can I prevent house spiders in the future?
Use the following tips to help keep house spiders out of your Fairfax home:
- Regularly and carefully inspect the exterior of your home using caulk or a silicone filler to seal any openings you discover.
- Never prop windows or doors open for long periods.
- Inspect things you are bringing into your home from outside for hiding spiders.
- Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear and direct rainwater away from the outside of your house. Excess moisture attracts the insects that spiders like to hunt.
Call today for help controlling spiders in and around your Fairfax area home!