Late summer and fall is known for being the time of year when spiders are more active. Spiders typically hatch in the spring and begin to reproduce in the summertime. Come August and September, spiders are in full force! Like many other pests, spiders often come indoors during the fall for food, shelter, and water. Thankfully, most of the spiders inside your property are house spiders, which are typically harmless. However, there are two spiders to look out for in your Atlanta area home: the black widow and brown recluse.
The Dangers of Spiders in the Fall
We all know that for the most part, spiders aren’t going to hurt you. As scary as they may seem, your typical house spider wants nothing to do with you. That said, it’s important to know how to identify two more dangerous types of spiders, the black widow and the brown recluse. Here’s what to know:
- Black widow: These spiders have a characteristic red hourglass shape on its body. They build sticky, tangled cobwebs in garages, sheds, and near the ground. They can bite when they feel threatened.
- Brown recluse: Brown recluse have a darker brown violin-shaped mark on their brown bodies. They build loose, dome-shaped webs for shelter. A brown recluse bite is known to be very painful.
How to Prevent Fall Spiders
To keep spiders out of your home this fall, there are several things to do:
- Seal cracks and crevices. Inspect the inside and outside of your property for tiny spots that may be inviting spiders in, and seal properly.
- Install or repair screens on doors and windows. Tight-fitting screens are the key to keeping insects, spiders included, out.
- Inspect boxes and used furniture prior to bringing them inside. Egg sacs and adult spiders can be lurking!
- Keep a tidy yard and lawn. Overgrown bushes, shrubs, piles of wood, and more can attract spiders to your property and eventually indoors.
- Regularly clean your home. Doing so can prevent insects that spiders like to prey on and eliminate hiding spots for pests.
When to Get Professional Spider Removal
If you’ve spotted brown recluse of black widow spiders in or near your property, it’s best to be cautious and contact your local spider exterminators at Active Pest Control. In addition to dangerous spider control, we can help keep all types of spiders out of your home this fall and all year long.