While a couple of spiders in your home can help keep other insects, such as mosquitoes, gnats and ants, at bay, more than a few can overrun your rooms with cob webs and make your living spaces look messy and unkempt. Plus, a homeowner that's comfortable with sharing his or her home with an army of crawling arachnids is rare. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your home from being a welcoming environment for spiders in addition to steps to help them move out of your house.

Spiders are the largest class of arachnids, air-breathing, bug-eating creatures with four to eight legs. There are more than 45,000 different types of spiders, and they are found virtually everywhere on the planet, except for Antarctica.

What attracts spiders?

Spiders are attracted to bugs, particularly ants and gnats. They also like cozy, snug places, like piles of wood or stacks of old newspapers and magazines.

Signs of spiders in your home

The most obvious sign of a spider invasion is cobwebs in the corners of your rooms. However, you might also see the pests themselves or even little white spider eggs on your surfaces or windowsills.

Danger from spiders

In South Carolina, we have two types of poisonous spiders: the black widow and the brown recluse. Both of these like to stay in dark places, such as woodpiles, basements, and sometimes even shoes. Bites from either the black widow or the brown recluse require immediate emergency medical attention as they can cause muscle aches, nausea, breathing difficulty, tissue damage and even death.

How to prevent and get rid of spiders in your home

The best way to prevent spiders from invading your home is to make your living spaces inhospitable to them. This means vacuuming often, keeping your kitchen clean (to prevent bugs) and keeping clutter at a minimum. It's also a good idea to turn off your outdoor lights at night, as this can attract bugs and therefore, spiders.

How to get rid of spiders in your home

The best way to prevent spiders from invading your home is by getting quarterly pest control sprays from ARD Pest Control. Our pest control sprays take away the food source for spiders so there will be no more spiders. Put 40 years of experience to work for you today! Call or contact ARD today!