Spider Control: Signs You Need the Help of an Exterminator

Spiders. For some homeowners, the word itself inspires terror. Could spiders hide in your clothes and bite you when you slip them on? Could the bite be poisonous and require medical treatment? Could spiders in your home proliferate until the residence looks like a creepy set from the Hollywood film Arachnophobia? The answer to all of these questions is yes. That’s why it’s important to call a spider control specialist if you notice signs of a spider problem.

Signs of a Spider Problem

Most house spiders are relatively shy and don’t try to search you out. So, when it comes to determining whether you have a spider problem, you’ll need to keep an eye out for them. There could be several indicators that you need the help of a spider control specialist, but some of them — particularly the four listed below — tend to be present more frequently than others.

  1. Spiders Along Your Baseboards

Because spiders are discrete by nature, they often travel through homes using paths that make them tough to notice. One of the most common paths arachnids travel is along baseboards. If you notice a preponderance of live spiders or dead ones along your baseboards, it could indicate they have a nest in your home and are out foraging for food.

  1. Spider Webs in Multiple Corners

It’s common for spider webs to occasionally appear in the corners of a home, but if your home has active webs in multiple corners — and the webs keep reappearing after you knock them down — you may have a spider problem. A single female spider can birth hundreds of offspring in a short period of time, meaning all it can take is a single egg sac to kick off an infestation.

  1.   Spider Bites

spider-bitesSpider bites do occur, but they are a fairly uncommon occurrence.  Spiders are not aggressive, so when bites do happen it is sometimes because a person has picked up an item with a spider on it.  Many times people will wake up to find they have been bitten while sleeping. (However, if you are waking to find multiple bites, that would be a sign of other biting insects, such as fleas or bedbugs.)  A bite from a spider will be a single bite, not a group of bites.  In the Greater St. Louis region brown recluse spiders are prevalent.  The bite of a brown recluse spider is one that always warrants a visit to the doctor, as it is potentially dangerous, and it rare cases, fatal.

  1. Nests Found During Construction

Some spiders — particularly brown recluses — prefer to nest in out of the way places in the interior of a home, such as inside walls, under subfloors, and in ceilings. In some cases, the nests are discovered during residential construction that disturbs these areas. If construction workers find a spider nest, your next phone call should be to a spider control specialist.

Need Help With Spider Control?

If so, give us a call at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com, to set up a free inspection. We’ll determine what type of spiders are in your home, whether they infest the structure or are simply present in a few specific places, and propose a plan for eradicating the problem, including recommendations for securing your home’s exterior against spider entry.

Spiders in homes are a nuisance, but they can also be dangerous to homeowners and their pets, depending on the poisonousness of their bite. With summer just around the corner and an increase in insect activity on its way, now is the time to take care of a spider control problem before it intensifies. Contact us today to get started on controlling your residential spider problem.