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Household Spiders 101: Know When It’s Time To Call a Spider Exterminator

Household Spiders 101: Know When It’s Time To Call a Spider Exterminator

Do spiders give you the heebie-jeebies? Or perhaps you don’t mind them that much, but you’d rather they stayed outdoors (where they belong).

If you’ve started seeing more spiders around your house than you’re comfortable with, you may be wondering if you should call a spider exterminator.

We’ll help you out with this by explaining the top signs that you need a spider exterminator, how you can get rid of spiders, and what to do to avoid future infestations.

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Common Household Spiders To Be on the Lookout For

Before we start discussing what spiders may be commonly found in homes across America, keep these two things in mind:

  1. Most of the spiders you see don’t have venomous bites and aren’t harmful to you.
  2. What they say is true: they’re more afraid of you than you are of them! North American spiders are not aggressive and will usually run and hide if they see you. They are more likely to bite if they feel threatened.

The most common spiders you may see in your home include:

Bites from sac spiders, brown recluses, and black widows are venomous and you should seek medical attention if you suspect you’ve been bitten by one of these.

Can Spiders Be Exterminated?

The simple answer is yes — spiders can be exterminated through several different methods. But it’s not permanent and the spiders may eventually return.

If this is a persistent problem in your home, it’s important to find out how the spiders are getting in. If there’s a point of entry that makes it easy for spiders to infest your house, having an exterminator visit over and over can only do so much. 

You may need to also take steps to ensure the spiders can’t easily enter your home, such as fixing loose screens or cracks in doors and windows.

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5 Signs That You Need a Spider Exterminator

If you see any of the signs of a spider infestation below — or especially a combination of them — you should seek the help of a spider exterminator like Oregon Insect and Rodent Control.

#1: Increased Spider Sightings

Seeing a spider or two every once in a while isn’t anything to worry about. But when you start seeing more and more of the same species of spiders, there may be an issue.

Many kinds of spiders prefer to lay their eggs in dark, damp places — like basements — and tend to breed rapidly. So if they’re allowed to nest and go undisturbed, they could spread throughout your home.

Other types of spiders prefer dry, warm areas like the upper corners of attics where you may not see them.

Spiders hide in places where they are not as likely to cross paths with people, such as:

  • Cracks and crevices
  • Corners
  • Under furniture
  • Closets
  • Sheds and garages
  • Etc.

If you start seeing spiders out in the open a lot, you don’t want to ignore that as it could mean you have an infestation.

#2: The Presence of Spider Webs or Funnels

If you see an old, abandoned spider web covered with dust (usually referred to as a cobweb), that’s not necessarily anything to worry about. That means a spider built a web there once, but has moved on or died.

A fresh-looking spider web or funnel (made of the same material as a web, but instead of the typical lacey shape it is spun into a cone-like nest) indicates the presence of live spiders.

Remember, the spider that built the web may run and hide when you come near, so you should look closely for clues that it is currently occupied.

#3: Visible Egg Sacs

One spider egg sac can contain several thousand eggs. So if you see a bunch of these hanging around, you’ll want to have the problem taken care of before they begin to hatch.

Some people attempt to solve the problem by vacuuming up the egg sacs, but it’s smart to also contact a professional about the issue — especially since you don’t know what type of spiders are inside.

#4: Insect Sightings

Spiders tend to congregate where there is a food source. If you start seeing a lot of insects in your home, especially flying varieties, spiders may not be far behind.

Fortunately, the right pest control company can get rid of spiders and any insects that are hanging around.

#5: Unexplained Bites

Most spiders have fangs that can pierce human skin, so they may bite you while you’re asleep or when they are startled/feel cornered.

Some types of spiders like to hide in bedding or clothing, so you may not even know you’ve been bitten at first, especially if it happens while you’re sleeping.

If you start seeing signs of bites that don’t act like typical insect bites, you may have spiders in your home.

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How Do You Get Rid of Spiders in the Home?

There are many methods you can try to remove spiders from your home. 

These include:

  • Setting spider traps – Sticky glue traps placed in high-traffic areas for spiders can be effective in catching and killing them. Be sure to check them often and replace as needed.
  • Spraying store-bought insecticides – These can be used along baseboards, under furniture, and in corners to repel and kill spiders. Check your labels, as many of these may be unsafe to use around children or pets.
  • Using peppermint oil – Peppermint oil is a natural remedy with a strong smell that may repel spiders. Add a few drops to a spray bottle full of water and apply anywhere you’ve seen spider activity.
  • Using vinegar – This is another natural remedy that repels spiders with its odor. The best mix for this spray is half white vinegar and half water.
  • Removing webs – Using a vacuum attachment to get rid of a spider web as soon as you see it is a good way to prevent them from spreading around your home.
  • Using a spider catcher – If you’d rather move spiders outside than smash them, these flexible wands will help you pick up your unwanted guests and release them outdoors.

While these remedies may be effective, knowing how to find the source of the spider infestation, where to spray, etc. may be best left to a professional spider exterminator.

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Call a Spider Exterminator

If you want to make sure spiders are eliminated from your home safely and effectively, your best bet is to call a spider exterminator.

Oregon Insect and Rodent Control in SE Portland will inspect your house for spiders, then spray around your home using a treatment that is:

  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly; and
  • Environmentally friendly

If you’re concerned about the presence of spiders in your home, it’s best to let the pros take care of them for you.

How Much Does a Spider Exterminator Cost?

The cost of a spider exterminator can depend on several factors such as the size of your property, the severity of the infestation, and more.

Oregon Insect and Rodent Control provides affordable, honest, and efficient pest control services. If you need a spider exterminator, contact us for a free quote.

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How Can You Avoid Spider Infestations in the Future?

While nothing is foolproof, there are things you can do to prevent spiders from getting into your home. We recommend:

  • Installing screens on your windows – Be sure to check them regularly and tighten them plus repair any rips or holes.
  • Cleaning your home regularly – Vacuuming and dusting in places where spiders hide makes it harder for them to stick around.
  • Removing clutter – Don’t give spiders extra places to hang out. Get rid of piles of mail, magazines, newspapers, boxes, old clothes, etc.
  • Using a smart storage system – Airtight plastic bins are a much better choice for keeping spiders at bay than things like cardboard boxes.
  • Getting rid of food mess – Don’t leave crumbs or other bits of food lying around. These attract insects, which in turn attract spiders. Wipe up after snacks or meals and don’t leave dirty dishes sitting in the sink.
  • Checking items coming into your home – Certain things like plants, firewood, or fresh produce may have spiders trying to hitch a ride inside, so be on the lookout.

Call Oregon Insect and Rodent Control for the Most Experienced Spider Exterminators in the Area

Oregon Insect and Rodent Control has been locally owned and operated by Glenn Jones since 2004. We have years of experience with spider extermination and want you to have the peace of mind that comes with a pest-free home.

We offer both residential and commercial pest control solutions to meet your needs. We’re available 24/7 and can rid your home of spiders, rodents, and insects.

Contact us today to schedule an evaluation and get your free quote.

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