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Here’s How to Deal with House Spiders

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Do spiders give you that creepy crawly feeling? While most spiders are harmless to humans, that doesn’t mean you want them in your home. You may also have family members that suffer from a fear of spiders (aka arachnophobia), or you might have this fear yourself. That’s why, today on the blog, the pest professionals in Memphis at AAA Termite & Pest present this guide on how to deal with house spiders.

What spiders are common to Memphis?

Common species of spiders in Memphis, Cordova and the surrounding areas in West Tennessee include the following:

  • Wolf spiders
  • Cellar spiders
  • Zipper spiders
  • Jumping spiders
  • Orb-weaver spiders
  • Brown recluses
  • Black widows

The only two spiders on this list that pose a hazard for humans are the last two species on the list, the black widow and the brown recluse. Both species of spider have a venomous bite. If you’re bitten by one of these spiders, that bite can cause redness, swelling, pain, headaches and muscular cramps. In rare cases, a bite from a black widow or brown recluse could cause difficulties breathing.

Why do spiders want to come into my home?

Spiders are no different than any other creature; they seek out shelter and food. These are also the two main reasons why spiders enter your home or business. You’re most likely to experience spiders in Memphis whenever the weather gets colder, as the arachnids come looking for a warmer habitat. Once inside a building, spiders seek out areas that are rarely used, cluttered or both, such as attics, garages and basements.

3 Tips to prevent spiders in your home

  • Seal entry points: Even the smallest crack, crevice or gap in a wall or door can be an opening for spiders to infiltrate. Seal your windows and doors, and replace any screens that are torn or damaged.
  • Declutter: By purging your home of clutter, you’re denying any visiting spiders out-of-sight spots to spin their webs. Clean not only the main area of your home but less-used storage locations like attics, garages and basements.
  • Resolve any pest infestation: There’s a good chance that if spiders enter your home and set up shop, they’re doing so because they have a food source. In other words, they’re pursuing other pests that already reside in your home. If you’re dealing with any type of infestation such as flies, ants or beetles, contact a pest control professional near you to have the problem resolved.

Controlling spiders in Memphis and Cordova in Tennessee

While there’s no guarantee that a spider will never crawl its way into your home again, AAA Termite & Pest Control does offer treatments and measures to deter spiders from infiltrating your space. Professional pest control, in combination with following the above listed steps, is your best course of action to lower the likelihood of spiders coming into your home or business.

To find out more about our spider control services or any of the other services that we provide, schedule a consultation with one of our pest control technicians today. Just call (901) 737-7878 or visit our website.