Wacky Pest Wednesday: Spiders

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Happy Wednesday to all you Tri-County Pest Control fans out there; we hope you all had a great Halloween!  While the holiday may be over, there are still plenty of frightening pests around, so please join us for our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday as we cover the spider.  Enjoy!

Oh spiders—everyone has an opinion on them, from the arachnophobe to the arachnologist.  Love them, hate them, or indifferent, spiders are definitely a pest you should keep an eye on at all times.

Spiders can look very intimidating and frightening to some, but the truth of the matter is that many species are harmless to you, and the vast majority of spiders do not want to mess with you—they want to avoid you at all costs.  Most spiders live in fear of the human and are perfectly content in hanging out in their webs, waiting for their next tasty meal to come by. There is no spider out there that is willingly going to hunt you down—the size difference is too great.  However, the danger occurs when you come across their encampment unexpectedly, and the spider acts in self-defense.

While most types of spiders pose no threat to you, there are a couple that, given the right circumstances, could hurt you.  Spiders like the brown recluse and the black widow naturally produce a venom, which is transferred when they bite. Being bitten by one of these guys can result in seeking medical attention, so it pays to be on the lookout for them.  Should you spot one, your first call should be to a professional pest control company so that they can come out and survey the scene and make sure that there aren’t any more of these critters lurking nearby. 

Yet, by taking up a few simple defensive strategies, you can help reduce the threat of these harmful spiders coming into your home.  One easy way to deter spiders if to declutter your home as much as possible—especially in damp and dark areas. Spiders need some hiding spots before they weave their webs, and so by cutting down on spots where they can camp out you can cut down on the odds of them staying around for long.  In addition, ensuring that the exterior of your home is solid and without holes is a great way to deter pests of all shapes and sizes. 

We know that spiders can be creepy, but by taking up a few simple strategies, you can lessen the chance for a problem to occur.  And if there ever is a problem, just one call to us is all that you need to take care of it.

Have a great Wednesday!

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