Spider Identification & Prevention

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Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders

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What are spiders?

Spiders are predators that live outside, hunting other spiders and insects to eat, but unfortunately, not all spiders stay outside; some move into our homes, where they hunt their prey, lay their eggs, and live happily. While spiders may be happy in our homes, we are usually not thrilled to have these eight-legged intruders scurrying around the house and building unsightly webs.

Spiders move inside our homes on their own while following their prey, or we may accidentally introduce them. We often move spiders into our homes on things like firewood, potted plants, or cardboard boxes. Once inside your home, if it provides dark, quiet areas for them to live and plenty of insects to hunt, they typically stay. Reach out to us today for pest control services in Salt Lake City.

Are spiders dangerous?

Some of the more common spider species to find their way into our Salt Lake City homes include black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders, wolf spiders, and common house spiders. Black widow and brown recluse spiders are more of a concern for homeowners as they possess venom strong enough to trigger health problems if a bite were to occur. Symptoms of dangerous spider bites include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle spasms
  • Trouble breathing
  • Tissue death around the bite
  • Severe pain at the site of the bite

If you are bitten by a dangerous spider, seek medical help immediately.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders usually come into your home chasing their prey, but no matter what species of spider is in your home, one thing is for sure, they shouldn’t be there, and their presence often indicates large populations of other insects living in your yard and home. If spiders and their prey are taking over your Utah property, reach out to the local pest control experts at Uinta Pest Solutions for help!

Where will I find spiders?

Common spiders in Utah can hide in all kinds of places. Most of the time, wherever they choose to hide, they will steer clear of you. Spiders like to keep out of the way of people. So they will avoid areas with heavy foot traffic. They will also go where their prey goes, meaning you will find spiders in different places based on the type of spider you have and the type of prey it hunts.

For example, you will find wolf spiders hiding out inside cabinets, underneath appliances, and in other areas where crawling insects are because these spiders don’t build webs. They ambush their prey.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Once you have a spider infestation, the best thing you can do to eliminate it is to call us here at Uinta Pest Solutions. There are not a lot of products you can buy at the store that will help you eliminate entire spider infestations, so the best course of action, if you want to get rid of whole spider populations, is to rely on our expertise and professional home pest control and commercial pest control products.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Keeping Utah spiders and other pests out of your home is difficult, but by making some simple changes around your property, you can make it less appealing to them. The best way to keep spiders out of your home is to take away as many entry points as possible by placing screens in open windows and doors, sealing cracks in exterior walls and the roofline, and placing covers over drains, vents, and chimneys leading into your home.

Make your yard less appealing to spiders by keeping the grass cut short, maintaining gardens, and keeping shrubbery pruned. Inside your home, keep storage areas free of the clutter that spiders and their prey hide in. It is also important to regularly vacuum and dust.

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