Although most species are harmless, there are plenty of spiders that are dangerous to humans, such as the black widow or brown recluse. Most people do not consider other species of spiders to be a pest, which is good because their varied diet and adaptability makes it difficult to prevent an occasional spider from entering your home. They live off of insects and generally build webs in corners of the house you don’t disturb, such as the ceiling in your bedroom or bathroom, or behind a desk.

Black widows are a shiny black with red markings in the shape of an hourglass on the underbelly. Their web is sporadic, tangled, and usually found outside of the home in shrubs, bushes, or even in rocks along the foundation.

Brown recluses are yellow or dark brown with a violin-shaped mark on the back. Their web is off-white to grey, small, and found inside storage units/containers. It’s important to wear gloves when handling materials that have been in storage for a period of time, or even a seldom-used corner of the house.

Hobo spiders are light brown with a dark striped band down the center. They build funnel-shaped webs with both ends open and against a wall where they can hide. While they tend to stay outside, from June-October, males will search for females and often wander inside buildings.

These poisonous spiders are dangerous to humans and medical attention should be sought after a suspected bite has occurred. If you suspect that you have spiders of any kind infesting your home, the best bet is to call a professional. At Illiana Wildlife and Pest Control, we specialize in keeping your home spider free, ensuring that your family is safe from harmful bites.

Spider Prevention/Control

The occasional spider cannot be prevented, but you can make your home harder to get into by sealing cracks around the foundation, repairing window screens, and inspecting doors for spaces where a spider could crawl through. You should also inspect piles of debris in your yard, such as firewood or old toys, for spiderwebs.

The most common pest control method is treating baseboards and cracks and crevices. As spiders crawl over the product, they will slowly start to die. Give us a call today for a quote!