Unfortunately, the greater Tampa Bay area is home to plenty of spiders, and you have likely come across them inside your home. Although many of them are harmless, a number can be poisonous or even lethal, and it is easy to accidentally brush up against a well-hidden one. For those reasons, it’s important to consult a pest control and prevention specialist once you start seeing more and more of them.
What Brings Spiders Inside?
Often, what brings spiders into your homes is, well, you. They can easily hitch rides, intentionally or unintentionally, on anything you bring in but especially items from the outdoors such as firewood or plants.
Otherwise, they may look to make their own way inside if outdoor conditions have become too hazardous for them, or a lack of food or water exists outside. If you happen to have a significant number of insects indoors, spiders will be especially attracted to using their hunting skills there instead.
These determined spiders looking for a way in can sneak through small cracks as well as doing things like scurrying inside when you open your door or through things like vents or chimneys. Also be careful that you do not have overgrown bushes or plants just outside your home as those areas can attract spiders and cause them to then be that much closer to making that next step indoors.
Where Do They Reside Once Inside?
Spiders generally prefer to be hidden or at least in a corner and out of traffic. A corner high in a ceiling where you cannot easily get to them is often the case. Otherwise, they will generally be under furniture or appliances or in quiet storage areas such as an attic or basement.
Because spiders like to hide in quiet, undisturbed places, be wary of blindly reaching your hand into spaces such as behind a box or in a long-ago-emptied cupboard without first looking. This is especially important because spiders who do bite tend to only do so when they are brushed up against.
You also want to regularly check any houseplants or other vegetation that you have indoors for them.
Note that some spiders have two homes – one during the day and another at night.
5 Facts About Spiders
- 1. Spiders can lay up to 3,000 eggs at once.
- 2. One spider species out of the 40,000 that exist is almost entirely vegetarian: bagheera kiplingi. It is generally found in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico.
- 3. Compared to the average spider’s weight, its webs are built from material that is stronger than steel.
- 4. Many of the spiders that are poisonous are no danger to humans as they cannot break human skin.
- 5. Spiders are not insects; they are arachnids, which is a group of eight-legged animals that also includes scorpions, mites and ticks.
What Do I Do About My Spiders?
Contact Impact Pest Elimination. We will take care of your spider infestation as well as any other pest control needs that you may have.