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Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders

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  • What are spiders?

    Spiders are a type of arachnid with two body segments, eight long legs, and many eyes. We also identify them by their lack of wings and antennae and specialized mouthparts called chelicerae. Spiders use their chelicerae to inject their insect prey with venom to incapacitate them and are essential predators helping to control nuisance and dangerous insect populations. Spiders are considered beneficial in an outdoor setting.

    If you spot spiders on your property, it may be one of the following types of spiders that live throughout Sonoma County.

    • Black widow spiders: Shiny black spiders with a reddish-orange "hourglass" marking on their abdomen.
    • Orb spiders: These spiders produce the round, wheel-like webs for which spiders are well-known. 
    • Wolf spiders: The wolf spider has a stocky body and eight long spiny legs covered in hairs. They don't build webs to capture prey but run after and chase them down instead. 

    To help accurately identify the spiders you find in or around your home, contact a pest control professional in Sonoma County.

  • Are spiders dangerous?

    Only a couple of species of spiders in the United States pose an actual danger to people. The black widow spider is one of them. They have venom that is potent enough to paralyze their insect prey and cause harm to people.

    The venom from black widow spiders affects the nervous system and, in people, causes symptoms like nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, fevers, and tremors. If bitten by a black widow spider, seek medical attention so the symptoms can be treated appropriately.

    The good news about spiders is that they are shy, reclusive creatures. They don't seek out contact with people; in fact, they try their best to stay away from us. Bites typically only occur when spiders try to guard themselves against harm.

  • Why do I have a spider problem?

    Spiders are outdoor pests; like other predators, they live in areas that offer easy access to their prey. Since spiders primarily feed on insects and other spiders, our yards provide them plenty of prey to keep their stomach full. In our yards, things like gardens, grass, trees, flowerbeds, yard debris, and trash cans are common hunting grounds for spiders.

    Though spiders like to live outside, they are regularly found inside homes and other structures. They usually move inside following their insect prey; if food and suitable shelter are available, spiders will make themselves at home.

  • Where will I find spiders?

    Spiders are usually only a problem for people when they move from their outside environments into our homes. Some of their most common entry points are openings under doors, openings around wires or pipes, and cracks in a home's exterior. Torn screens, vents, and chimneys are other places that provide a point of entry for spiders and their insect prey.

    Inside our houses, spiders hang out in areas where their insect prey live and forage for food. Homeowners regularly notice spider activity in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and attics. Spiders like to hang out around windows and doors, light fixtures, the corners of rooms, and under furniture.

  • How do I get rid of spiders?
    Year-round pest control is the best way to get rid of spiders that have taken over your property and control them in the future. Here at California Exterminators Alliance, we protect the environment while helping people keep their structures free of unwanted pests like spiders. Through education and the use of the latest products, we offer the best choice for pest control in Sonoma County. Call us today for more information about California spiders and our home pest control and commercial pest control solutions.
  • How can I prevent spiders in the future?

    Use the following four tips to prevent spiders from taking over your property. 

    1. Use caulk or foam to seal openings that develop in your home's exterior.
    2. Turn off exterior lights when they are not needed – outside light attracts insects and, in turn, spiders to your home.
    3. Cut back overgrown landscaping and tree branches away from your home's exterior. 
    4. Spiders find cedar mulch unpleasant – use it in the gardens surrounding your home's perimeter. 

    Partner with us today; we can work together to keep these eight-legged intruders away from your home.

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