What Are Spiders?

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Spiders are arachnids, air-breathing invertebrates with eight legs. They have two body segments, the cephalothorax and abdomen, connected by a small waist called the pedicel. Spiders come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors, but all share certain characteristics. They are carnivorous hunters that produce silk from spinnerets on their abdomens to build webs or egg sacs. Most spiders also have poison glands for capturing prey and defending themselves against predators. Spiders are estimated to consume 400-800 million tons of prey annually!

Are Spiders Dangerous?

Spiders can be dangerous to humans in a variety of ways. Some spiders have venom that can cause severe reactions, such as swelling and nausea, when injected into the body. Some species of spiders, such as the black widow spider, can even inflict fatal bites on humans. Additionally, certain spider species carry diseases like Lyme disease or West Nile virus that can transmit through their bite. Lastly, some people may be allergic to spider bites or experience extreme discomfort. Therefore, it is important to know what types of spiders are common in your area and take precautions to avoid contact with them whenever possible.

Why Do I Have a Spider Problem?

The most common reason for having spiders at home is that they are attracted to the dark and damp areas inside your house, such as under furniture, behind appliances, and picture frames. Spiders love these places because that is where their prey lives. Thus, if there is an abundance of insects or other pests inside your house, it is likely that spiders are coming in for a meal. Another reason you may have a spider problem at home is that an opening in the house might allow them to get inside. If you have noticed spiders appearing around your windows, this could indicate a gap or hole where they can climb through and gain access to the interior of your home.

Where Will I Find Spiders?

Spider infestations can be found in many places around the home. Common areas where spiders might hide include basements, attics, crawl spaces, and wall voids. In addition, spiders congregate near windows, doors, lights, and other high-traffic areas. Therefore, inspecting your home for signs of spider activity, such as webs or egg sacs, is essential. Additionally, looking for potential entry points into your home from the outside where spiders can gain access is essential.
How Do I Get Rid of Spiders?

At Kansas City Pest Control, our professional pest control technicians use multiple methods to get rid of spiders from your home or business. Our approaches include chemical treatments and mechanical removal techniques such as vacuuming and trapping. When it comes to chemical treatments for spiders, we use a variety of insecticides tailored to the specific type of spider present in the environment. In addition to chemical treatments, we use mechanical removal techniques when dealing with infestations. This can involve vacuuming away webs, trapping the spiders, and sealing off their entry points into the building. These methods are effective in eliminating spiders from your property without exposing you to any harsh chemicals or putting anyone at risk.

How Do I Prevent Spider Infestations in the Future?
Spiders like to hide in dark, secluded areas, so keep your home clutter-free. If you reduce the number of hiding spots they can access, you will also reduce the number of spiders in your home. Fix any cracks or gaps in your walls and ceilings, as these are entry points that spiders can use to get into your home. Use weatherstripping or caulking to seal up any gaps around doors and windows. Be careful when bringing new items into your home. Inspect them for spiders or spider eggs before bringing them inside. If you have outdoor lighting, be sure to keep it a good distance away from your home. Spiders are attracted to light and will congregate around bright lights. Finally, watch for webs and spiders in the corners of your windows and doors. If you see any, vacuum or spray them with soapy water to kill them.

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