Pest Identification: Spiders

A brown recluse crawling across the floor

Spiders are one of the most common pests in Tennessee. Found both inside and outside, spiders feed on insects like mosquitos, flies, and moths. In fact, spiders can actually be beneficial to keeping other pests under control. However, spiders are creepy crawlers themselves that can scare and unnerve, and some have venomous bites that can be potentially dangerous to humans.

Many different kinds of spiders reside around Nashville and the rest of Tennessee—tens of thousands of species can be found worldwide, while hundreds can be found in the continental United States. Spiders can range widely in size and color, but they all share a core set of physical traits: eight legs, two body sections, and a pair of jaws.

U.S. Pest Protection provides affordable pest control throughout Tennessee and can help you should you find yourself in the middle of a spider infestation. We also have some tips for spider identification so that you can have some peace of mind about what kind of spiders are crawling around your home.    

How to Identify Spiders

Spiders are relatively easy to identify, with their many legs and many eyes. However, spiders can vary. Most spiders are not dangerous and are more scared of humans than we are of them—and even what few venomous spiders there are prefer to retreat than engage.

To best identify the type of spider, you’ll want to focus on a handful of traits:

  • Size
  • Color
  • Markings

Whether or not you can accurately identify the spiders that are infesting your home, be sure to contact U.S. Pest Protection for Tennessee spider control. We can be there within 24 hours to help.

Where to Find Spiders

Like many pests, spiders prefer dark, enclosed hiding spaces. They like to congregate in sheds, in garages, behind shelving, in crevices, and under furniture or appliances. Most spiders are nocturnal, so you’ll see the majority of activity occur at night. 

One byproduct of spiders that you’ll likely find in your home are webs. While some species of spider, like the jumping spider, don’t use webs to catch their prey, many species of spiders use webs to trap insects so they can be easily consumed. These cobwebs are often placed in places where other insect activity is common but can be removed easily. 

Guard Against Spiders with U.S. Pest Protection

No one wants to walk into their home and see spiders scurrying on their floor. While most spiders aren’t threats and are perfectly harmless, some spiders—like the brown recluse and black widow—can be potentially dangerous. Identifying which spider is scurrying around when you can’t get a good look at it can be scary.

Thankfully, U.S. Pest Protection can help guard you against an unnecessary spider invasion. Our expert technicians can identify and get rid of the spiders you’re battling with safe and environmentally conscious pest control solutions. Best of all, we can also put in place solutions to help prevent them from returning. Don’t wait: Schedule your pest inspection today!

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