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Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders

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What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids, a group of arthropods that includes scorpions, mites, and ticks. They have eight legs and two body segments, the cephalothorax (which houses the eyes, mouthparts, and brain) and the abdomen. Spiders usually range in size from 1/2 an inch to over 4 inches long, and you can find them throughout the world in a variety of habitats. Some spiders create webs to capture prey, while others actively search for food. Almost all spiders use venom to paralyze or kill their prey. The different kinds of spiders you'll likely encounter in your home include house spiders, wolf spiders, and daddy long legs, among others.

Are spiders dangerous?

Many people fear spiders because of their appearance and reputation as pests, but only a few species have venom that is dangerous to humans. Most spider bites cause only mild itching or burning sensations, but the venom from certain species, such as black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders, can cause serious medical issues. It's important to properly identify any spiders you find in your home or business so that you can determine if they are potentially hazardous. Additionally, the presence of spiders can indicate a larger pest problem, as they feed on other insects like flies and mosquitoes. If you're unsure about the type of spider you've found, contact a professional pest control service for assistance.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders generally come into your home or business in search of a food source and shelter. They can enter through open windows and doors, cracks in the walls, or even hitch a ride on items brought inside from outdoors. Once inside, they will spin their webs and lay eggs, resulting in a full-blown spider infestation. Additionally, if your home or business has an existing pest problem, such as flies or ants, spiders will likely come inside to feed on them. D&K Pest Control can help you to identify and eliminate the source of spiders in your house.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders generally reside in dark, quiet places such as closets, basements, attics, and other areas of your home or business that are rarely disturbed. They also prefer to hide under furniture and behind curtains; if you've recently noticed webs appearing in these areas, it's likely a sign of a spider infestation. Additionally, spiders typically like to build their webs near food sources, such as windowsills and door frames. Outside, you'll find spiders in areas such as porches, decks, and foundations of buildings.

How do I get rid of spiders?

The best way to get rid of spiders is to eliminate their food source and the habitat they prefer. If your home or business has a pest problem, such as flies or ants, it becomes an ideal place for spiders to find a meal. At D&K Pest Control, we offer a variety of pest control treatments to get rid of any existing pests and prevent future infestations. In addition, we can also inspect your home or business for possible entry points where spiders enter from the outside.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Once you've eliminated any existing spider infestations, it's important to take preventative measures to ensure they don't return. Natural ways to get rid of spiders include:

  • Sealing any entry points where spiders may be coming in from outside.
  • Keeping your home or business free of clutter, which provides spiders with hiding spots.
  • Regularly vacuuming and dusting to remove webs and eggs.
  • Installing window screens that prevent spiders from entering through open windows.

If your spider problem persists, contact a professional pest control service for assistance. At D&K Pest Control, we can help you identify any potential spider problems in your home or business and provide treatments to keep spiders away for good. Contact us today to learn more about our pest control services in Aurora.

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