What has two body segments, eight legs, no wings or antennae, some of their daddies have long legs and, while portrayed friendly in Charlotte’s Web, are still feared all around the world? You guessed it! Spiders are the predators that will make you cringe no matter how old you are. Gear up now, because they come out for summer vacation and just might ruin yours! The five most common arachnids that have fun in the sun are the Southern House Spider, Yellow Sac Spider, Black Widow, Domestic House Spider, and Daddy Long Legs. Regardless of their name, they are pests you definitely want to triumph over so everyone in your family can rest and feel secure.
The Southern House Spider dwells in the cracks and crevices of your home. While often confused with the Brown Recluse, they are larger. Their bite isn’t dangerous, but may cause pain and swelling for up to two days. The Yellow Sacs are quite the Hannibal Lecter when desperate for food, as they will eat their own eggs! Be mindful of these cannibals around trees, gardens, leaf piles, woodpiles and bushes this summer, and by fall, they will shack up with the Southern House Spider inside. Black Widows are known to be the most venomous, but their bite is rarely fatal. You will most likely spot them in dark, dry shelters such as garages, basements, hollow stumps, rodent holes, trash, brush and dense vegetation. The Domestic House Spiders are called “barn funnel weavers” as they make a funnel web to catch their prey. You may find them roaming around your home but they aren’t out to harm anyone, nor do their bites hurt. Finally, the Daddy Long Legs are the ones that most humans can stomach and handle. These eight-legged fragile beings will surprise you in the shower and other random parts of your home. With legs that can easily break off and no fangs or venom, you can rest easy and have no fear!
Although spiders can be helpful in getting rid of insects that harm your plants, you want to keep them outside! Common spider solutions are white vinegar, mint, tobacco, or citrus sprayed or sprinkled around your home, but pest control is truly the way to go. A professional pest company has experience and confidence when handling these pesky eight-legged pests. W