What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids; they belong to the same class of arthropods as ticks, mites, and scorpions. Spiders and all arachnids are identified by two body parts and eight legs, and they are wingless and lack antennae. 

Spiders are pests that most people don’t care for. They have quick movements, lurk in dark, quiet areas, and many species build unsightly webs that take over spaces where they are living. Spiders live worldwide in almost any habitat; this, unfortunately, includes our Wisconsin yards and homes.

In our area of Wisconsin, we are most likely to run into house spiders, cellar spiders, and brown recluse spiders. 

  • House spiders have elongated abdomens and are usually a yellowish-brown color. Many will have darker stripes on their body and legs that meet at an angle. 

  • Cellar spiders have a small body, cylindrical abdomen, and long, skinny legs. They range in color from pale yellow, tan, gray to light brown. 

  • Brown recluse spiders are light brown with a darker violin-like marking on their back. This identifying mark is most noticeable on mature spiders. They also have six eyes instead of eight like many other spiders.

a spider on the ground

Are spiders dangerous?

There are dangerous spiders living in the United States. Dangerous spiders are those that have venom potent enough to affect the health of the person they bite. 

In our area, brown recluse spiders are the species that home and business owners need to protect themselves from the most. While brown recluse spiders aren’t aggressive, a bite from one could bring on serious medical problems that should be managed by a professional. 

Most spiders found in the United States are harmless to people, which is excellent news! House spiders and cellar spiders are both examples of a spider that, while a nuisance to have on our properties in large numbers, pose no significant problems for us.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Our yards and homes typically provide most insects with plenty of food, water, and shelter. If you have large populations of insects on your property, they will attract predators like spiders. First attracted by food, if your property has lots of water and shelter sources for them to take advantage of, spiders are likely to stay on your property until forced to leave.

Where will I find spiders?

While spiders themselves don’t require a lot of water to survive, many of the insects they feed on have high moisture requirements. Therefore large numbers of spiders are often found around areas of standing or running water. 

Things like ponds, lakes, rivers, low-lying areas that collect rainwater, dense vegetation, piles of organic debris, tree stumps, and clogged gutters regularly attract both insects and hungry spiders.

Besides living around water sources, areas that provide them with quiet spaces and safe shelter attract spiders. Below are places in our yards or homes where spiders are likely to gather.

  • Gardens and flower beds

  • Tall grass, shrubs, or bushes

  • Trash cans and recycling bins

  • Near sources of outdoor lighting

  • Woodpiles or construction debris

  • Attics, basements, wall voids

  • The corners of walls, windows, or doors

How do I get rid of spiders?

We understand that having spiders lurking around your property is not ideal, and we want to help! Get rid of spider and other common structural invading pests from your Milwaukee area home or business with the help of Ewert Pest Control. We are leaders in the pest control industry, supplying our customers with effective pest control services, exceptional customer service, and the satisfaction of knowing your pest problems are solved!

Our focus is on providing our customers with long-term pest control solutions that utilize green, eco-friendly treatments that won’t harm people, plants, or pets. Our certified technicians work with our customers to ensure that current pest issues are corrected and work with you to prevent future pest issues! For more information about our spider control solutions, reach out and speak with one of our friendly professionals today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Keep your Wisconsin property protected from spiders with the help of Ewert Pest Control and the following prevention tips.

  • Replace broken windows or damaged screens.

  • Make sure to install weatherstripping around exterior windows and doors.

  • Place covers over chimneys and vents.

  • Trim shrubs, bushes, and overgrown landscaping back away from your home’s exterior.

  • Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins to prevent foraging insects from being attracted to your property.

  • Replace white outdoor lightbulbs with yellow or LED bulbs that are less attractive to spiders.

  • Make sure to store things like woodpiles and construction materials away from the outside of your home. 

  • Cut back overgrown landscaping, and empty clogged gutters and containers like buckets and trash cans where water can collect.

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