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Frequently Asked Questions About Orb Weaver Spiders

What are orb weaver spiders?

Orb weavers are a group of spiders that are characterized by the shape of their webs. They build large webs shaped in a spiraling wheel pattern. These webs are intended to catch flying prey like moths, flies, mosquitoes, and more. 

There are more than 3,000 different species of orb weavers all over the world, but some common ones you might find in your yard or home include:

  • Garden spiders

  • Black and yellow orb weavers

  • Marbled orb weavers

  • Shamrock orb weavers

  • Furrow orb weavers

These types of spiders like to feed on flying insects, so having a few of them around isn't such a bad thing. It's only when you get them in large numbers that they become a problem.

Are orb weaver spiders dangerous?

Though they are venomous and can bite, the good news is that orb weavers are harmless spiders to humans. Their venom is not potent enough to be considered a threat to people. If you are bitten by an orb weaver, the worst you will experience is some pain and swelling at the site of the bite that should clear up on its own, just like a bee sting. 

The only time this isn't true is if you have an allergy to spider venom. In this case, these and all spiders can be extremely dangerous, but potentially fatal venom allergies are thankfully rare.

Why do I have an orb weaver spider problem?

Orb weaver spiders are attracted to large populations of flying insects. As we said above, having a few orb weavers scattered around your garden is actually a good thing. These spiders can help keep the populations of pest insects lower.

The problem arises when orb weavers start to move into your house. The main reason why this happens is that you have a pest insect population that is attracting the spiders indoors. Most of the time, spiders prefer to remain outside. However, large populations of their favorite prey inside your home can draw them in. Infestations of moths, flies, and other common flying insects are the main attractants that can draw these spiders.

Where will I find orb weaver spiders?

Orb weavers like to build in places where they will catch flying insects with their large webs. You will find them up high in areas where their webs can be suspended between at least two points. Outside, this may mean they build between trees or even between the chains of outdoor swings that don't get used a lot. Inside, it may mean they build in door frames, on kitchen cabinets, around lights, and in other places where flying insects congregate.

How do I get rid of orb weaver spiders?

It's never easy to get rid of spiders of any variety. The reality is that there are not very many products on the open market that can effectively eliminate spiders. Spiders are not attracted to bait because they only eat live prey, and mists and foggers typically don't work. 

The best way to get rid of an orb weaver infestation is to call the spider experts here at Uinta Pest Solutions. Our professional-grade products and expert training make us much more effective against orb weaver infestations than any product you can buy at the store.

How can I prevent orb weaver spiders in the future?

To keep orb weaver spiders out of your home, the best thing you can do is prevent infestations of prey that can attract them. That means preventing and eliminating infestations of moths, flies, and the like. We can help you with those infestations, as well as orb weaver spider removal here at Uinta Pest Solutions!

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