Why Do I Have Spiders In My West Chester Home?

March 4, 2021

If the lion is the king of the jungle then the spider is the king of the bugs. They are the apex predator, the thing that other pests fear. Where they establish their hunting grounds is law, and anyone small enough who challenges them will pay the consequences. Fortunately, spiders are small themselves and, more often than not, do not pose any serious threat to humans. This does not mean, however, that they aren’t problematic around West Chester area properties. If you keep finding spiders around your West Chester home, here is why. And here is one amazing way to get them out.

a house spider coming inside home

All spiders have eight legs and multiple pairs of eyes. In our area, there are several species of spiders, most of which are not dangerous to humans. Here is how to identify different spiders around your home and what problems they cause.

House Spiders

The house spider is the most common home-invading spider in our area and is 1/8 to 5/16 inches long, yellowish-brown, and has a dirty white abdomen with several dark stripes meeting at an angle. Thankfully this pest poses no serious risk to humans.

Wolf Spiders

The wolf spider is one of the scarier looking species in our area. It is dark brown in color, is 1/4 to 1-3/8 inches long, and has a large body that is covered in thin hairs and pale yellow markings. Although slightly painful, a bite from one of these pests is not medically dangerous to the average person.

Daddy Longlegs

The daddy longlegs spider, also known as the cellar spider, is a small-bodied, 1/4 to 3/8 inches long, pale yellow to light brown pest. Despite rumors that this pest's venom is dangerous to humans, the daddy long legs is considered completely harmless.

Brown Recluse Spiders

The brown recluse is one of two dangerous spiders that live in our area. Identify this pest by its light to dark brown color, body that is 1/4 to 1/2 inches long, and the dark backward violin shape located just behind its head. Often mistaken for other area pests, the brown recluse rarely comes inside but poses a serious risk to homeowners when it does.

Black Widow Spiders

The black widow is the second dangerous spider in our area and is easily identified by its black color, large abdomen, body that is 1-1/2 to 1-3/8 inches long, and the red hourglass symbol on the underside of its abdomen. If bitten by one of these pests, seek medical attention immediately to minimize symptoms.

Why Spiders Come Inside

Spiders mainly come inside to hunt for other pests like cockroaches, flies, beetles, moths, ants, etc. Most often, spiders wander inside through gaps and cracks in a home’s foundation before finding out it is filled with tasty snacks. If your home is known for having pest problems, it is only a matter of time before spiders realize and come in for a bite. 

The Right Time To Call A Professional

To prevent spiders, you have to prevent the pests they invade to hunt. This is a difficult task that is not easily done without professional help. If you are looking for help dealing with pests around your West Chester home, look no further than Masters Touch Pest Control. Our team offers comprehensive spider control services to both eliminate and exclude a wide range of pests and we have the experience needed to properly handle potentially dangerous spiders.

Call us today to discuss your options and find a plan that best suits your home’s needs.

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