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Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders are pests that most homeowners are familiar with because they regularly find their way into our Orange County, California, yards, homes, garages, and other outbuildings. 

We identify spiders by their two body segments, eight legs, and lack of wings and antennae. Most people don't want to share their properties with these arachnids due to their less-than-cuddly appearance, quick movements, and the unsightly webs they build. 

Common types of spiders in Orange County, CA include:

  • Black widow spiders

  • Brown recluse spiders

  • Daddy longlegs/cellar spiders

  • House spiders

  • Spiny-backed orb weavers

  • Wolf spiders

Though not welcome in our homes, spiders play a vital role in the ecosystem. Their predatory feeding habits assist in reducing populations of insects that can harm people and plants found in crop fields, orchards, and gardens.

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Are spiders dangerous?

Yes, there are dangerous spiders that live in our region, but the truth is that most species we come into contact with are harmless. Examples of nuisance spiders are wolf spiders, house spiders, cellar spiders, and spiny-backed orb weavers. These spiders possess venom strong enough to paralyze their prey but not strong enough to harm people.

In the United States, a couple of different types of spiders are dangerous to people, and you should always avoid them. These are the brown recluse and the black widow. Being bitten by either means a necessary trip to a medical professional.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are attracted to our properties because they provide everything the spiders need, including food, water, and secluded shelter. Gardens, grass, trees, shrubs, gardens, the outside of homes, and outbuildings provide plenty of places for spiders to safely live and hunt insects. 

It is essential to understand that the more insect activity you have in and around your home, the more problems you will have with spiders. While spiders do prefer to live outside, they won’t hesitate to follow their insect prey indoors.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders like to stay out of the limelight. These pests are naturally reclusive and want to stay away from places with a lot of activity. The dark, quiet corners of our yards and homes are places where spiders feel comfortable.

Familiar places for spiders to live in outdoor spaces include under railings, decks, steps, roof eaves, and woodpiles. They also like to gather in areas where their insect prey hangs out: around outdoor light fixtures, trashcans, grills, and compost piles. 

Inside houses, you will most likely discover a problem with California spiders in dark, quiet basements, attics, crawl spaces, and closets. The kitchen is also where spiders like to gather because although they aren’t eating the crumbs on your kitchen counter, their insect prey is!

How do I get rid of spiders?

Tired of seeing spiders in your home or business? You've come to the right place; The PEST Group specializes in keeping homes and businesses pest-free year-round. Call us today and let one of our trained and friendly PEST professionals create the best home pest control or commercial pest control treatment plan for you. Our professionals have the experience and dedication necessary to remove spiders from your property and keep them from returning. 

With over 250 years of combined leadership experience, The PEST Group is the best choice to rid spiders from your Orange County, CA home or business. Contact The PEST Group today and request your free inspection today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

After we've treated your home or business for spiders, use the following tips to prevent future spider infestations:

  • Keep outdoor lights that attract insects to your home turned off whenever possible.

  • Inspect the exterior of your house and seal up any openings you find.

  • Place mesh covers over vents leading into your home.

  • Replace torn or loose screens.

  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors.

  • Dust frequently to remove spider webs from your house.

  • Cut back overgrown grass and other vegetation away from your home’s foundation.

  • Remove debris like fallen trees, leaf piles, rock piles, and excess wood piles from your yard.

For the best spider control near you, contact The PEST Group for exceptional spider solutions!

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