Spider Identification & Prevention
What You Need To Know About Spiders
Here in Tennessee, keeping spiders at bay is especially important because we have two highly venomous types of spiders to be concerned about in our home state. While these spiders are not usually deadly, they can still cause serious symptoms that require medical attention. Because it can sometimes be difficult to differentiate these species from harmless spiders, it is important to prevent all spiders in your Knoxville home.
Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders
What are spiders?
Spiders are a group of predatory arachnids that feed on living prey. They will not scavenge. They have to hunt. All spiders are venomous, but most spiders do not possess venom that is potent enough to harm people. In fact, the United States only has two types of spiders that are dangerous enough to be considered medically significant threats. That means you are much more likely to encounter a spider in your home that cannot hurt you than one that can.
Are spiders dangerous?
Most of the spiders you'll find in your Tennessee home are absolutely harmless. While they are venomous, their venom cannot cause systemic symptoms. Common house spiders in Tennessee that you don't have to worry about include:
- Wolf spiders
- House spiders
- Orb weavers
- Garden spiders
Unless you are allergic, the worst thing you are likely to experience with a bite from one of these spiders is redness, swelling, and pain at the site of the bite.
On the other hand, if one of our two dangerous spiders bites you, you could be in trouble. The brown recluse spider has a hemotoxic venom that can cause necrosis around the bite site. Meanwhile, the black widow spider has a neurotoxic venom that may cause systemic symptoms like nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms, confusion, and trouble breathing. Most healthy adults do not have to worry about dying from a black widow bite, but it is a different story with small children.
Why do I have a spider problem?
Virtually the only time you will ever wind up with a serious spider problem is if you have an infestation of prey that spiders like to eat. Spiders don't have any reason to come into our homes; however, if you have spider prey, such as roaches, ants, or flies, you will see an uptick in spider activity, especially if the infestation is large enough to sustain a breeding population of spiders. If this is the case, you might wind up with spiders crawling all over your house.
Where will I find spiders?
Different kinds of spiders like to hang out in different areas. For instance, you're more likely to find house spiders weaving webs up high, such as in the corners of your house near the ceiling. Meanwhile, you'll find wolf spiders underneath appliances and inside cabinets because these places are where they stalk and ambush their prey. Though they have different strategies for catching prey, all spiders want to stay out of the way of people. So you're more likely to find them in places with low foot traffic.
How do I get rid of spiders?
Unfortunately, there are few ways to kill spiders readily available to the public. You'll need expert pest control to deal with your spider problem. Here at Southeast Termite & Pest Control, we're intimately familiar with all of the spider species endemic to the Knoxville area, both harmless and dangerous.
Our spider experts cannot only determine the species infesting your home but also help you determine what primary infestation is attracting the secondary spider infestation. Once we make these determinations, we can help you get rid of both. So don't wait until the female spiders in your house lay eggs with hundreds or even thousands of little spiderlings; call us today to kick the bugs out of your abode.
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
The best way to prevent spider infestations is to eliminate and prevent infestations of the bugs they like to eat. You must take steps to prevent insects like cockroaches, silverfish, flies, moths, and other common prey from running amok in your house. The good news is doing things like keeping your garbage covered and making sure your home is clutter-free can go a long way towards preventing both spiders and their prey. Even better news, if you wind up with an infestation despite your best efforts, the home pest control experts here at Southeast Termite & Pest Control are just a click or call away.
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