Spider Identification

What are spiders?

Eight legs, two body parts, no wings, and no antennae are the physical features that help to identify a spider. Spiders are arachnids and are related to mites, ticks, and scorpions. They are also predators and out in nature help to control populations of nuisance insects. Spiders are common invaders into yards, homes, and other structures. While spiders are well-known for the intricate webs they build, not all spiders build webs. Instead, many species create burrows in the soil or under objects.

a spider on the ground outside of a house

Are spiders dangerous?

Spiders have the potential to be dangerous, but most species we come into contact with are harmless and are actually helpful. Spiders typically only become unwanted pests when they invade our homes in large numbers. The venom that nuisance spiders have is not strong enough to trigger health problems in people. There are species of dangerous spiders living in the United States that pose health risks to people, but the good news is that bites are rare and with proper medical attention, their venom is not usually life-threatening.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Like other pests, properties that offer plenty of food sources (insects) and dark, secluded areas to build their webs or burrows attract spiders. Once they are living and hunting in your yard, it is very common for them to find their way into our homes, garages, and sheds, usually while hunting and sometimes to escape harsh weather conditions.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders live all around us; we walk by spiders every day that we don’t see. Trees, bushes, woodpiles, and rock crevices all make great hiding spots for spiders. They also hide under decks, in doorways, behind shingles and window shutters, and along the roofline. Spiders living the indoor life tend to take up residence in quieter areas of a home with plenty of places to hide like the basement, attic, closets, and crawl spaces.

How do I get rid of spiders?

For home or business owners who want to get rid of spiders from their property, partnering with the local pest control experts at Neighborly Pest Management is your best solution. We are the greater Sacramento area’s best defense against pests. For more than four decades, we’ve been committed to keeping homes and businesses free of insects, rodents, and more. Our professionals work with our customers to control spider populations. Learn more about our 100% guaranteed pest control services by reaching out to Neighborly Pest Management today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Partnering with a professional is the best way to prevent problems with spiders and other pests. In addition, the following prevention tips will help to keep spiders off of your property and out of your Northern California home.

  • Seal cracks and crevices found in your foundation, exterior walls, and roofline to help keep hunting spiders out of your home.

  • Remove debris like fallen trees, leaf piles, rock piles, and woodpiles from your yard.

  • Keep doors to garages, sheds, and other outbuildings closed as much as possible.

  • Make sure storage areas in your home are neat, organized, and free of clutter.

  • Regularly remove spider webs from your home; this will annoy them and make them move on.


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