Spider Identification & Prevention

About Spiders In San Diego

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Spiders are very common pests in area homes. They often live inside but in lightly trafficked areas where they aren't a bother to people. However, they can be a problem if you find a lot of them. Use this guide to learn more about these reclusive arachnids including how to identify deadly spiders, what attracts them to your home, and why a home pest control program is the best way to keep them out for good!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids, which means they have the following characteristics:

  • They have no antennae or wings.
  • They have four pairs of legs, eight legs in total.
  • They have a pair of appendages called chelicerae, used for feeding and defense purposes.
  • They are primarily carnivorous.

Other characteristics vary depending on the species. For example, all spiders have venom, but not all arachnids do. Spiders also lay eggs to reproduce, whereas other arachnids have live births.

Are spiders dangerous?

While many people fear spiders, almost all species in the United States are not dangerous to people because their venom is not strong enough to affect us. However, some can be allergic to their venom, which can cause a dangerous reaction, including anaphylaxis shock.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are essential to ecosystems because they provide insect control, which is important, especially for dangerous or damaging insects. However, this is also the reason you have a spider problem. There are likely other high populations of insects on your property attracting spiders.

Where will I find spiders?

When spiders follow insects inside, they prefer to keep their distance from people, so they tend to spin webs or hide in lightly trafficked places. You can usually find them underneath furniture, inside closets, or in the corners of rooms, window frames, and other similar areas.

How do I get rid of spiders?

If you have a spider problem, contact Habitat Protection. Our pest control services protect spiders and the pests that attract them. Before we service your property, we will perform a detailed inspection to understand the pest pressures you are facing. Based on the inspection, we will make recommendations to eliminate entry points and other conducive conditions.

Any residential or commercial pest management program we implement in our San Diego service area will have your family's safety in mind. You can rest assured that your monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly services won't affect your home's environment. Learn more about our general services or find out about specialty options such as landscape pest control to keep insects from attracting spiders to your home.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

As mentioned above, spiders are attracted to properties by the prey pests they feed on. Keeping other insects out of your home is essential to keeping spiders away.

  • Eliminate food sources. Keep your home clear of crumbs and other food debris, use garbage cans with tight-fitting lids, store food in airtight containers, and maintain gardens and fruit trees.
  • Eliminate entry points. Seal cracks in the foundation and exterior walls, repair damaged screens, and install covers on vents and drains.
  • Eliminate moisture. Repair leaks, keep gutters unclogged, and make sure your home has proper ventilation.

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