June 24, 2019
Spiders are cold-blooded and not attracted to warmth, so as the temperatures rise, they’re heading for somewhere cooler to live. The chances are that cool spot may be your home. They are often found in kitchens and bathrooms because their prey is attracted to your food and water.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly…Truth
The Good — Spiders die after they lay their eggs.
The Bad — The black widow spider lays around 300 eggs per sac, but they can make 10 or so sacs before they die. That’s a lot of offspring to leave behind!
The Truth — The Hogna carolinensis (a.k.a. the Carolina wolf spider) is considered the largest wolf spider found in North America. The good news is, their bite isn’t poisonous.
There are more than 600 species of spiders in the Carolinas. Thankfully, they’re not all poisonous.
The most dangerous spiders that live in South Carolina are:
Brown Recluse –around the size of a quarter, they are brown, mostly hairless and have a dark brown violin shape on their back. Their bite can cause skin necrosis and require professional medical attention.
Black Widow – around a half inch long, they are black and have a red hourglass-shaped marking on their underside. If a black widow bites you, their venom is a neurotoxin that causes pain at the bite area before it spreads to the chest, abdomen, or your entire body. There is a Southern Black Widow and a Northern Black Widow. They are similar in color and size. However, the Southern Black Widow has red splotches or dots instead of a red hourglass design.
Brown Widow – while less poisonous than the black widow, they will bite if threatened. Females who are protecting their eggs are more likely to bite since fleeing may cost them their eggs. The hourglass design on their underbelly is more orangish.
Tips To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Home
- Spiders are looking for food, so make sure you don’t have any other pest problems that could attract the spiders.
- Do not store wood near your home.
- Keep your grass cut short and remove lawn debris.
- Keep lawn hedges and other vegetation trimmed so that it doesn’t touch your home.
- Look for any gaps or holes in your siding.
- Seal all cracks in your foundation.
- Fill any gaps around your windows and doors.
Help! I Hate Spiders. What Can I Do?
Don’t let creepy crawly things like spiders bug you. Call Spenser Pest Services. We will gladly inspect your home. If you have spiders, chances are they’re after another pest that has already invaded your house. And if you see any new spider eggs, they typically hatch in 2 to 3 weeks and will be happy to make themselves at home—in your home, if you don’t stop them!
Don’t delay, call today!
Spencer Pest Services will deal with your spider problem, using Integrated Pest Management methods, green pest control, and EPA-approved products to resolve the infestation, and you can get back to en