Here in Washington, we are used to dealing with spiders. Especially in the late summer and early fall months, spiders seem to be out in full force! After hatching in the spring, spider populations boom in August and September. Most of the spiders you come across in your garden or home are harmless (even if they look scary). However, our region is home to a couple of the more dangerous spider species: black widows and hobo spiders. No one wants spiders in their property—especially the more dangerous ones. The team at Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest is here to share info on identifying and preventing dangerous fall spiders.
Black Widows & Hobo Spiders
No one wants to get close enough to a spider to identify it! That said, it’s important to know about black widows and hobo spiders. Both of these spiders can bite when they leave threatened, which can be dangerous. Here’s how to identify these spiders:
- Black widows
- 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.
- Hobo spiders
- These spiders are light to medium brown in color
- They build and live in funnel webs.
- Can bite in defense. Their bites can cause mild pain and redness.
Keeping Fall Spiders Out of Your Property
No matter whether they’re dangerous or not—no one wants to deal with spiders in their home or business. Because they will gladly take up residence in your home, it’s important to learn how to keep them out in the first place. Our best spider prevention tips include:
- Ensuring your lawn is trimmed and neat. Overgrown bushes, shrubs, piles of wood, and more can attract spiders to your property and eventually indoors.
- Cleaning your home on a regular basis. Doing so can prevent insects that spiders like to prey on and eliminate hiding spots for pests.
- Sealing cracks and crevices. Inspect the inside and outside of your property for tiny spots that may be inviting spiders in, and seal properly.
- Installing/repairing screens on doors and windows. Tight-fitting screens are the key to keeping insects, spiders included, out.
- Inspecting boxes and used furniture prior to bringing them inside. Adult spiders or their egg sacs could be hiding inside.
Spider Infestations in the Fall
In the Pacific Northwest, spiders are a common occurrence outdoors. That said, spiders can be a nuisance when they get inside your property, and they can be dangerous when you’re dealing with more aggressive species! At Western, our spider exterminators will work to control current infestations as well as prevent future ones.