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Why Spiders Invade Mooresville Homes And How To Keep Them Out

A house spider on a wall

Nothing will jolt you out of bed more than a blood-curdling scream from the other room. You leap out of bed and run to the other room, where someone is shouting for you to kill it. You look down, and there is an ugly, hairy spider on the floor, and it is moving towards you! Even you take a step back as your mind races what to do about this intruder in your Mooresville home. 

If spiders disrupt the peace in your house, you need the best pest control in Mooresville, Lake Norman Home Services. We have been serving the community by providing quality, local pest control service for over three decades. To help you understand these mysterious creatures, continue reading.

Characteristics of Common Spiders

There are many North Carolina spiders, and although they may have differences, they share these characteristics:

  • Nocturnal: Most spiders hunt prey at night; if they create webs, they will construct them during the late-night hours while you sleep.
  • Carnivores: Spiders eat insects. Some catch their prey using webs, while others hunt down their victims.
  • Fearful: Spiders avoid humans; they prefer to nest in dark corners in undisturbed areas of the house.
  • Moisture: Spiders, like all creatures, need water to survive, so they nest in humid areas or around water sources.
  • Eight-legged: Insects have three pairs of legs, but spiders are arachnids with four pairs of legs.
  • Multi-eyed: Spiders have eight or fewer immovable eyes arranged in two or more rows. Despite the number of eyes, most spiders have poor vision.
  • Non-aggressive: Spiders do not attack humans and bite only when threatened or squeezed.
  • Not insects: Spiders are arachnids, not insects; they do not have antennae or wings.

These are the general characteristics of spiders worldwide, including spiders native to North Carolina.

A Lot of Spiders in Your Home Could Mean a Bigger Problem

The presence of spiders is a red flag because it indicates you have a large population of insects inside or near your Mooresville home. Spiders eat ants, butterflies, cockroaches, fleas, flies, mosquitoes, and moths. Spiders are abundant in the house because something in your Mooresville home or your property attracts insects. 

Although spiders do not spread disease, cockroaches, flies, fleas, and mosquitoes transmit disease through bites, shedding pathogens, and defecation. Most ants and moths do not spread infections but contaminate food products. 

Although some arachnids can deliver a painful bite similar to a bee sting, only two are venomous spiders: black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders. A bite from one of these spiders is seldom deadly, but it can cause fever, muscle cramps, nausea, restlessness, increased blood pressure, and a skin ulcer. Like all spiders, black widows and brown recluses avoid humans as much as possible and will only bite as a last resort. 

How Spiders Find Their Way Into Our Homes

Spiders found in homes are typically there because of an abundance of insects. Spiders enter Mooresville houses using the same entry points as insects; therefore, these tips will deter spiders from entering your home: 

  • Seal cracks in the foundation, along the roofline, and around windows and doors.
  • Close gaps around wiring and pipes entering the house.
  • Prune tree branches and shrubs away from the structure.
  • Repair holes in window and door screens.
  • Install door sweeps for all exterior doors.
  • Keep the garage door closed as much as possible.

Because light attracts insects which then allures spiders, replace outdoor lights with bug lights or LED lighting, and keep window shades closed at night as much as possible. 

Professional Pest Control Keeps the Spiders Away

The best way to get rid of spiders in the house is to use our experienced and knowledgeable pest control technicians from Lake Norman Home Services. We will eliminate the current spider population and their eggs preventing a return of the spiders. Contact us today and request your free quote!