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There are thousands of different types, sizes and colors of spiders found all over the world in nearly every type of habitat. Spiders rarely bite humans unless their nests or webs are disturbed. With the exception of a few species, the venom in spider bites is harmless to humans, but some individuals may be hypersensitive and can have a mild to severe allergic reaction when bitten. Spiders feed primarily on other insects, but larger species have been known to feed on small animals such as lizards, birds and millipedes. Spiders in your home can be a sign of a larger pest infestation, and their building of webs indoors can prove to be a nuisance for most homeowners when left untreated. The combination of good sanitation practices and a comprehensive pest control treatment program are necessary to eliminating spiders inside the home.
Spiders are often the sign of a more serious insect infestation in the home. Spiders often hide out in cracks and crevices in well-protected undisturbed areas inside or outside of the home such as; eaves, vaulted ceiling corners, bookcase voids, under patio furniture or play equipment etc. Some spiders are attracted to moisture, and can be found lurking in crawl spaces, basements near leaky plumbing or other areas where moisture can be found. Others prefer warm, dry areas such as attics, near air vents and the upper corners of rooms or vaulted ceilings. Spiders can be found year round and their presence is usually detected by visual inspection and the presence of webs in and around the home.
Spiders eat other insects, so protecting your home from other types of insects and keeping a tidy home can often times be the first line of defense against spiders indoors.
There are several steps you can take as a homeowner to help prevent a spider infestation in the home.
Tips for Indoors
Tips for Outdoors