Are The Spiders In My Tupelo Home Dangerous?

We have a long list of spiders in our area. The most common spider, Parasteatoda tepidariorum, is appropriately called the common house spider. This little spider with its bulbous abdomen is the spider that creates those wispy webs near your ceiling or inside the space between your exterior windows and screens. Other spiders you may see are jumping spiders, wolf spiders, sac spiders, or long-bodied cellar spiders. These are also somewhat common. The good news is that none of these common spiders are dangerous. The two spiders to watch out for are fairly rare. The black widow is rare because it doesn't like to be inside, and the brown recluse spider is rare because it does. Here's what you should know.

Why Black Widow Spiders Are Dangerous

While you are not likely to die from a black widow spider bite, it can hurt a lot to be bitten by this spider. A black widow spider bite can also come with severe medical symptoms. Fortunately, the quick availability of medical attention makes it rare for anyone in the United States to die from a black widow bite.

Why Brown Recluse Spiders Are Dangerous

These small, brown spiders cause a bite that can have spreading necrotic properties. If the necrosis spreads under the skin, it can go undetected and lead to a disfiguring wound. The majority of bites do not result in a wound like this. In fact, you can get a brown recluse spider bite and think it is just a bite from any old spider. But, if you know you've been bitten by a recluse, have a physician monitor the wound.

Why Black Widow Spiders Are Rare

There are many spiders that prefer to live outside, like black and yellow garden spiders. These distinct-looking spiders can be found in your garden, landscaping, and in other areas where there is moist vegetation. You aren't likely to ever find one in your home. Black widow spiders prefer outdoor habitats as well, and they behave in a similar manner as garden spiders. They establish a web and wait for prey to crawl or fly into their webs. The interior of your home doesn't really provide an appropriate habitat for black widow spiders. They may, however, establish themselves in your crawl spaceā€”if you have one. A crawl space can be dirty, undisturbed, humid, and teeming with critters for black widows to eat. Be cautious when going into this space, or when going underneath a deck, porch, or other structure.

Why Brown Recluse Spiders Are Rare

Studies have shown that the vast majority of brown recluse spider populations are found in man-made structures. The most common way they spread is by hitchhiking from one structure to another. When you combine this with the fact that most yards don't offer a suitable habitat for brown recluse spiders, such as rocky bluffs or lots of loose bark and organic debris piles, it is difficult for these spiders to distribute from yard to yard and work their way into your yard. But, when brown recluse spiders get into your home, for any reason, they can grow a large population. Some infestations have cataloged more than 5,000 spiders. Yes. That is as scary as it sounds. If you detect a brown recluse spider in your home, seek professional spider control immediately.

Spiders Are Less Dangerous If There Are Fewer Spiders

If you consider spiders dangerous just because they can bite you or make you feel uncomfortable when you keep finding them inside your home, the solution is to have fewer spiders. We can help with this. At McCary Pest Control, we offer residential pest control plans that give Baldwyn residents protection from common household pests. The routine barrier treatments and pest maintenance that we provide works to repel and knockdown household pests before they get in. They also work to reduce pest activity around your home. Since spiders eat these pests, the results of a high-quality pest control program are that you'll have fewer spiders around your home, and fewer spiders getting into your home. 

Our service plans also offer de-webbing. Do you know that one web can have as many as 300 spiders in it! It's true. Those webs aren't just unsightly. They can be a source for spider population growth. We locate these webs and use a tool to remove them from low and high places. This is a natural and effective way to stunt population growth and mitigate the threat spiders can present to you, your kids, your pets, and everyone who goes out into your yard.

If you have questions, or you'd like to get started with a residential pest control plan for your Baldwyn home, we'd love to talk with you. Jump over to our contact page and drop us a line. We're here to help.

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