A Guide To Dangerous Spider Control For Charlotte Homeowners

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With over 50 000 species of different spiders and distribution encompassing most of the world, there is a good chance you're sharing your home with a spider or two.

A recent entomological survey in our state has found a spider in every home, sharing our space without care. Thankfully, the vast majority of types of spiders in the world are harmless, with most spiders in North Carolina having fangs too short to pierce human skin. 

The benefits of spiders in our life are hard to overestimate- spiders consume over 80 million pounds of insects every year, shielding us from the diseases they spread and the bites they can inflict. They are nature's answer to pest control, being so effective as to inspire a number of farms to rely on releasing spiders for bug control instead of relying on customary pesticides.

Unfortunately, in the mass of harmless common house spiders, there are a few venomous types that are best recognized and avoided. Frankly, sharing your home with even harmless spiders will make most people's skin crawl.

Let's take a look at the types of venomous spiders common to North Carolina, what to watch out for if your home is infested with spiders, what you can do to prevent an infestation, and what spider infestation treatment is recommended by Charlotte pest control professionals.

Types Of Dangerous Spiders In Charlotte

While most spiders would rather do everything possible to avoid interacting with humans (after all, we are about 2000 times their size), several species in our area can bite if cornered or threatened, such as:

  • Hobo spiders are 1 to 1/3 inches in size with light-brown bodies; they are non-venomous but will bite if cornered.

  • House spiders are 3/6 to 5/16 inches long with yellowish-brown bodies; they are non-venomous but can bite.

  • Jumping spiders are 1/18 to 3/4 inches long and black or born in color; they are non-venomous but will bite in self-defense.

  • Brown recluse spiders are 1/4 to 1/2 inches big, with light brown bodies and darker violin marks on the back; they are venomous.

  • Black widow spiders are 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches long with black bodies and a red or brown hourglass mark on the stomach; they are venomous.

If you believe you've identified a dangerous spider in your home - it's best to involve a professional immediately.

Some Spider Bites Are More Dangerous Than Others

While most spider bites are relatively harmless, resulting in a slight redness and requiring no medical help, the bites inflicted by a brown recluse or black widow spiders can be very dangerous.

A brown recluse injects necrotic venom as it bites, killing off tissue in the area and often resulting in deep scars and infection.

Black widow spider bites are extremely painful; once injected, the venom attacks the nervous system. Their bites are rarely fatal when an adult is bitten but can be a serious concern for children and pets.

Five Helpful Tips To Prevent Dangerous Spiders In Your Home

The strategy to keep spiders out of your home relies on two prone approach-removing the things that attract them and making the way in as complicated as possible. Implement these helpful tips:

  1. Seal cracks and crevices in the outside walls

  2. Make sure the window and door screens are in good shape

  3. Don't store firewood next to house walls

  4. Clear up clutter and debris to remove spider-hiding places

  5. Take care of an insect infestation that's serving as a spider food source

Differentiating a venomous from non-venomous spider species is often pretty complicated( many types of spiders look similar to each other ), and removing spiders from your home is best left to professionals instead of taking the risk of being bitten yourself.

Call The Pros At The First Sign Of Dangerous Spiders Around Your Home

At ProForce Pest Control, our service professionals are extensively trained and experienced in dealing with spiders and other pest infestations. We specialize in innovative, situation-tailored solutions guaranteed to exceed your expectations.

If your Charlotte house is infested with spiders-give us a call today!

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