Life has great moments and many mountaintop experiences, but life is also full of everyday battles. For many, the first battle begins with the alarm clock and the desire to ignore it; for those with children, the fight may continue to get them ready in time to catch the school bus. The next battle is morning traffic and the race against the clock to get to work. We could go on and on about little and big battles we all fight as we journey throughout the day, months, and years.
The last battle we want to fight is against spiders. Most of us have enough worries, so when we see spiders crawling across the bed, along the baseboard, or on the window sill, we sigh with frustration because it's just another thing we have to battle.
The good news is that you do not have to go to war with spiders alone. Peeler Environmental provides spider control in Concord, and we have the tools, experience, and knowledge to help you win the battle against spiders. We are a third-generation family-owned company that has removed spiders from homes since 1968. Our QualityPro Certification, which we earned in 2009, demonstrates our commitment to quality. Less than 3% of pest control companies in the United States have earned this certification from the Foundation for Professional Pest Management, the only organization accepted to provide accreditation by the National Pest Management Association.
Being a QualityPro Certified company means we meet and exceed 16 local, state, and federal pest control and employment standards. Our employees have passed a background check, are drug-free, and have earned certifications in the pest control industry. You can trust Peeler Environmental to resolve your spider problem.
You probably found this article because spiders are inside your house, and you want them removed. To help you win the battle against these eight-legged arachnids, please keep reading to learn about spiders and how to end the current infestation and stop future ones.
Types of Spiders: A Guide To The Most Common Species
There are hundreds of spider species in North Carolina, but the types of spiders that often infest Concord homes are the following:
Black widow spiders
Brown recluse spiders
Yellow sac spiders
Starting with the worst spiders, let's look at each species to help you identify what you see in your Concord home.
Black widow spiders are so-named because sometimes the females eat the males after mating. These spiders have 1 1/2 to 1 3/8-inch shiny black bodies with two reddish-orange triangles on the bottom of the abdomen that form an "hourglass" pattern. Black widow spiders create irregular webs at ground level, which they use to capture ants, cockroaches, beetles, and other arthropods and to hold egg sacs.
Brown recluse spiders have 1/4 to 1/2-inch light to dark brown bodies with a dark violin-like marking on their backs. These spiders have six eyes arranged in three groups of two in a semicircle. They create retreats in dark, undisturbed areas among discarded papers, boxes, and seldom-worn clothing. Unlike black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders use their webs as a refuge, not for catching prey, because they prefer hunting and eating live insects.
Cellar spiders prefer to live in dark, moist areas inside the home. These spiders have a 1/4 to 3/8-inch body and long front legs (5/16 to 1 5/16 inches). Body and leg length depends upon the species and gender of the arachnids, with females having longer appendages. These spiders build irregular webs where there is airflow (i.e., doorway and window corners, ceilings, eaves, etc.) in cellars, garages, basements, and crawl spaces. Like black widow spiders, they hang upside down while they wait for their snares to snag prey.
House spiders have a 3/16 to 5/16-inch yellowish-brown cephalothorax (the fused head and thorax of the arachnid) and an off-white abdomen with dark stripes (the rear part). These spiders create tangled webs where there is airflow in corners and underneath furniture in the garage, closets, basement, and crawl space.
Wolf spiders do not create webs. These arachnids have 3/8 to 1 3/8-inch dark brown bodies, yellow strips or markings, and spiny, long hairy legs. Since they do not capture their prey with webs, wolf spiders chase down their victims as they hunt throughout the house at night.
Yellow sac spiders have light yellow to cream-colored bodies up to 2/5 inches long. Like brown recluse spiders, they use webs for retreats, but instead of constructing tangled webs, their hideways look like silken sacs or tubes.
Whether you have one of these spider species in your Concord house or another one, Peeler Environmental can remove all common house spiders found in Concord.
Symptoms Of Spider Bites: What To Expect And How To Treat
Spiders are not aggressive toward humans because we are not part of their diet; spiders eat arthropods (e.g., ants, crickets, cockroaches, spiders, and other bugs). A spider will only bite you if you reach your hand into an area where it has its egg sacs or if it is inside your clothing or bedding and you squeeze it. Most spider bites cause a brief stinging sensation similar to a bee sting, slight swelling, and redness at the wound sight. In most cases, washing the wound area with warm, soapy water will suffice; you can apply a topical one percent hydrocortisone cream to guard against infection and an antihistamine for itching. Although most spider bites do not require medical attention, a bite from a black widow or brown recluse spider may involve a trip to the local clinic.
Black widow males seldom bite, but the females will attack if you threaten their egg sacs by putting your hand into the web. When a black widow bites, there is often an immediate pain sensation. Aching at the wound site intensifies over the next three hours and may last for three days. Venom from the black widow often triggers increased blood pressure, sweating, fever, and nausea. Although a death from a black widow bite has not occurred in the United States in over a decade, seek immediate medical attention to prevent complications.
Brown recluse spiders are tiny, but they pack a powerful punch. Unlike a bite from a black widow, you may not realize initially that a brown recluse bit you, but a few minutes or hours later, you will feel a stinging sensation followed by intense pain. Symptoms from a brown recluse bite included restlessness, inability to sleep, and fever. A small, fluid-filled blister will appear at the swollen wound site, but a worse problem may lie underneath. Under the skin, the injected venom attacks the tissue, so when the blister sloughs off, there may be an ulcer. If left untreated, the ulcer can penetrate from the skin surface to the bone and leave a permanent scar.
Peeler Environmental protects your family from the discomfort and possibly distressing conditions caused by spiders and spider bites.
Preventing Spiders In Your Home: Tips And Tricks
Spiders are a natural part of our world and serve a necessary function in the ecosystem outside your house. Although we can eliminate a spider infestation inside your Concord house, no one can eradicate all the spiders surrounding your home. Therefore, we recommend the following to prevent spiders in the home:
- Seal cracks in the foundation and along the roofline.
- Prune tree branches and shrubs away from the structure.
- Eliminate standing water in the yard.
- Remove debris from the yard.
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors.
- Relocate firewood 20 feet from the house and elevate it.
- Repair holes in window and door screens.
- Replace incandescent outdoor lights with LED or bug lights.
We understand that a few of these suggestions may not make sense, so let us explain.
Spiders follow insects into homes; therefore, removing insect attractants and taking precautions to deter insects from entering your house will also reduce the chances of a spider infestation.
Thus, the suggestion of bug lights is not so much for arachnids but to discourage moths and other swarming insects from buzzing around your porch and attracting spiders.
When a Peeler Environmental pest management professional inspects your house, we can provide additional suggestions.
Professional Spider Control: When To Call In The Experts
When you notice more than one spider in your Concord house, call for help because spiders rapidly reproduce. For example, one house spider can produce more than 3,760 eggs during its short lifetime. Because spiders follow insects into homes, a few spiders inside may indicate a problem with cockroaches, ants, and other pests.
We will inspect your property for entry points, attractants, and hot spots. Our spider elimination process involves dewebbing the exterior and initially treating the interior (e.g., kitchens, bathrooms, etc.). We also create barriers around the structure to deter migration from spiders outside the house.
We changed our name in 2010 to reflect our environmental commitment; thus, we use only EPA-approved products. We use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solutions to eliminate the current infestation, identify the cause of the problem, and work to prevent future invasions.
Let the Concord home pest control professionals from Peeler Environmental fight the battle against spiders with you because with us on your side, your victory is guaranteed. Call us today to learn more about our pest control programs and get a free estimate.
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