North Carolina spiders are varied and plentiful, but most of them are harmless to humans. The two most dangerous species in the United States are also residents of Mooresville, and they’re attracted to your home for the same reason as all spiders. Here’s what you need to know about the purpose of spiders and why they might be inside your home, as well as how to get rid of spiders with Mooresville pest control.

a black widow spider in its web
a brown recluse spider on a desk

Black Widow Spiders

Thankfully, there aren’t very many truly dangerous spiders in the United States. The most dangerous by far is the black widow. Black widow spiders have large, rounded abdomens. The females are shiny black with red or orange hourglass shapes on their abdomen. Their legs are thick and pointed, and their webs are messy and disorganized.

Male black widow spiders are usually a duller brown, sometimes with yellow or white spots. False widows, while they are not as dangerous as black widows, can still give painful bites. They may have red, yellow, or white spots on their backs.

For the most part, black widow spiders are outdoor spiders. They prefer to take shelter in dark, dusty corners of the garage or shed or perhaps inside a neglected woodpile. If they do come inside, it was most likely by accident. Indoors, black widows may make their webs in closets, basements, attics, or other dark, undisturbed places. Black widows are not likely to bite unless disturbed. Anyone who is bitten should wash the area with soap and water, consider using a cold compress, and seek medical attention.

Brown Recluse Spiders

Considered the second most dangerous spider in the United States, the brown recluse spider is also the most misidentified. Brown recluses are also outdoor spiders, for the most part. They prefer nesting inside cardboard boxes left in storage, under logs or rocks, or in your firewood. It may seem obvious by their names, but brown recluses are shy spiders. They really don’t like to be disturbed and aren’t aggressive. Most bites from a brown recluse happen by accident as the boxes, rocks, or logs they live in are moved.

A brown recluse is much easier to identify than people think. They can grow to around the size of a quarter, and they will not ever have stripes on their legs. They are a mostly uniform shade of brown, though their legs and body can be slightly different shades. They have distinct, bean-shaped abdomens and a dark violin shape behind their heads. If you get close enough to see their eyes (which isn’t recommended), you can see that they only have six instead of eight, and their front two eyes are very close together.

How To Get Rid Of Spiders

Getting rid of spiders isn’t as easy as it seems. Spiders are predatory, therefore the purpose of spiders as predators seeking prey is to cut down on the resident insect population. If you’re seeing lots of spiders then, you may be able to guess that you have lots of insects, too, whether you’re noticing them or not. To truly get rid of spiders, the best way is to contact Lake Norman Pest Control.

Not only can we at Lake Norman Pest Control help you get rid of spiders through traditional treatment, but we can treat the spider problem at its roots. Part of our residential pest control services includes inspections and risk assessments to figure out how these insects and spiders are getting inside, so even after treatment, you can prevent future home invaders with a little bit of modification to your home and yard. For fast, effective, and preventative pest control that you can trust, call Lake Norman Pest Control to get started with a free quote.

How To Prevent Spiders

Spider prevention is a lot easier than dealing with lots of spiders inhabiting every dark corner of your home. Thankfully, it’s pretty simple to cut down on the insect prey that draws spiders in and to make your home an impenetrable fortress against them. To prevent North Carolina spiders and their pest prey, try these tips:

  • Trim your yard often, and get rid of debris like leaf piles and rocks in the yard.

  • Don’t store firewood near your home.

  • Regularly remove webs both indoors and out.

  • Eliminate the cause of any leaking or accumulating water, such as clogged gutters, leaking pipes, and landscaping issues.

  • Store outdoor trash in a sealed container away from the home.

  • Keep your porch light off at night.

  • Seal cracks and holes in your home’s exterior with silicone-based caulk.

  • Declutter, vacuum, and sanitize often.

  • Use sealed, plastic containers in place of cardboard for storage.

If you’re having trouble keeping spiders out, a professional pest expert may be able to give you some guidance. For prevention and extermination services, call Lake Norman Pest Control.


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