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What are spiders?

Spiders are predatory creatures that often find their way into our Pennsylvania yards and homes after following their prey. Outside these pests help reduce the number of garden pests and other nuisance pests, but spiders are unwelcome inside our homes.

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Spiders are arachnids, not insects. They are closely related to scorpions, ticks, and mites, not ants. Ants and other insects have three body parts, six legs, and many have wings. In contrast, spiders are always wingless, only have two body parts, and have eight legs. Other physical features that make a spider a spider include having spinnerets (silk-spinning organs), many eyes, fangs, and specialized mouthparts called chelicerae.

Are spiders dangerous?

Spiders are mainly a nuisance; they are shy and reclusive and do their best to stay out of the way of people. It is true when they say spiders are more afraid of you than you are of them. Spider bites are typically accidental and only happen when a spider is surprised, such as when you reach into a box where they are hiding, work in the garden, or put on a shoe they are hiding in.

There are a couple of dangerous spiders living in the U.S. Dangerous spiders have venom strong enough to trigger health problems in people. However, most of the spiders we run into are nuisance spiders and only have venom strong enough to harm their insect prey.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders live in our gardens, yards, trees, and flower beds because those places are where their insect prey hang out. Other things in our yards that attract insects and then hunting spiders include open trash cans, recycling bins, standing water, and outdoor light fixtures.

Where will I find spiders?

Most spiders are happy to live outside but often find their way into our homes and garages after following their insect prey. Once inside, if there is prey for them to feed on, they tend to stay and enjoy the benefits of living indoors in a temperature-controlled structure.

Inside, spiders hang out at both ground level or up off the ground, depending on the species. The corner of rooms and windows, rafters, attics, closets, basements, and spaces under furniture are where homeowners often spot spider activity.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Spiders are reclusive creatures that hide in dark, hard to reach areas. The best way to find and eliminate these pests from your home is to partner with a professional. At Trust Masters Touch Pest Solutions, we have over 25 years of local pest control experience, and we will provide you with effective and dependable pest control services necessary to remove spiders from your home and yard!

If you live in the West Chester area and need help eliminating spiders that have taken over your residential or commercial property, reach out to Masters Touch Pest Solutions today and learn about our tailored pest control options!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, take advantage of the following prevention tips to keep spiders out of your home:

  • Use caulk or another material to repair cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home, eliminating entry points for both spiders and their insect prey.

  • Repair roof damage and place caps on chimneys.

  • Seal spaces around wires and other utilities entering your home.

  • Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, and debris from your yard.

  • Cut back overgrown vegetation from the outside of your home.

  • Repair leaky pipes, clogged gutters, and drippy hoses that could provide spiders and insects with a source of water.

  • Eliminate hiding spots in your home by keeping basements and closets free of clutter.

  • Keep outdoor lights off whenever possible that attract the insects spiders like to hunt.

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