Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders are eight-legged pests that regularly make themselves at home in and around our Florida homes. They thrive in warm, humid weather and are active year-round. Outside and away from our houses, spiders are great to have around. They help control populations of nuisance insects, protecting our gardens, flowerbeds, and fruit trees from damage. However, when spiders become too comfortable in our yards or move into our homes, they quickly wear out their welcome!

a spider on gravel

Many species of spiders call the Tampa area home; some of the most common are wolf spiders, house spiders, and orb-weaver spiders. 

  • Wolf spiders are large and covered in hair. They have a dark brown body with paler markings. They are also quick-moving spiders. 

  • House spiders are small with long thin legs. They have an elongated abdomen and are yellowish-brown. Many have darker stripes on their bodies and legs that meet at an angle, forming a chevron-like pattern.

  • Orb-weaver spiders come in a variety of sizes and colors. They typically have a large bulbous abdomen and are identified by their unique wheel-shaped webs.

Are spiders dangerous?

Spiders, depending on their species, can either be harmless or dangerous. Luckily most of the spiders we find in our Florida homes and gardens are harmless. They may look intimidating but do not pose large threats. Any spider can bite, but only a few spiders in the U.S. have strong enough venom to cause significant physical harm.

Wolf spiders, house spiders, and spiny orb-weaver spiders are all nuisance pests, and while they shouldn’t be allowed to take over our homes, they won’t cause us serious physical harm, nor will they cause structural damage.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Insect activity draw spiders onto properties and into homes. Spiders won’t live where there is not a constant food source. Our yards are places where many insects thrive and offer a suitable habitat for spiders. Spiders don’t look to move inside our homes but often end up in them when following their prey.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders live in large numbers worldwide and are successful in almost any habitat. Where exactly a spider likes to live depends on its species. 

Wolf spiders are poor climbers and live at ground level. They do not build webs; instead, they make burrows in the ground. Wolf spiders physically hunt their prey, chasing it down and capturing it. Outside, wolf spiders live in gardens, woodpiles, and under landscaping ties, shrubs and bushes. Inside homes, they hide under furniture, in the bottom of closets, and behind baseboards. 

As their name suggests, house spiders regularly make themselves at home in our houses. In fact, once these spiders find a suitable indoor environment, they rarely leave unless forced to do so. House spiders are good climbers and build webs in the corners of rooms, closets, around windows, and near light fixtures.

Orb-weaver spiders prefer to live outside, spinning their webs in gardens, in between trees, and on other structures, they find in our yards. They also often build their webs on homes under overhangs, in doorways, and near outdoor light fixtures.

How do I get rid of spiders?

At Bold Servicing, we know that our homeowners don’t want large numbers of spiders lurking around their homes. After contacting us, we will provide the fast action necessary to remove these unwelcome guests from your property. Our premium services are not only convenient and effective but also eco-friendly. To learn more about our full-service spider control options in Tampa, FL, reach out to us today and speak with one of our helpful professionals! Bold Servicing is dedicated to keeping Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater area homes and businesses free of spiders and other pests!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Here are some prevention tips to help you keep spiders and other pests out of your Florida home.

  • Whenever you come across a spider web, clear it away — this annoys spiders and makes them want to move elsewhere.

  • Replace white outdoor lights with yellow or LED lights that are less attractive to the insects that attract spiders.

  • Reduce the amount of vegetation you have next to the exterior of your home.

  • Seal any spaces that have developed in the foundation and around windows and doors.

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