Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders are common in most households, whether they wander through an open door, are accidentally carried inside on a plant or package, or are part of an infestation. 

Residents can learn how to keep spiders out of their Western Chicago suburban homes in the guide below that shares important info about these pests.

Are spiders dangerous?

As arachnids, spiders have a hard exoskeleton, eight legs, and are wingless. Depending on the species, spiders vary drastically in size, color, the web they make or lack of web, and other features. 

People often deal with common house spiders, a broad term for classifying many small species. These spiders are harmless to people and are even beneficial as they help keep pest populations under control.

Still, most people prefer to have a spider-free home.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Two attributes most spiders have are fangs and venom used to defend and subdue prey. But most types of spiders we experience are not dangerous to people unless you are allergic to them. 

Only two spiders in the United States are considered dangerous — the black widow and brown recluse. Although we have both of these dangerous spiders here, neither of them is aggressive.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Coming across one of two spiders every so often is not necessarily a problem as these eight-legged critters regularly wander into homes accidentally. But spiders can be a much larger issue if the conditions are right. 

One of the most common reasons spiders are a problem in homes is because of other pests. Spiders are predators, so they are attracted to places where there are prey pests to feed on.

Where will I find spiders?

Where you find spiders in your home will vary depending on the species. Different types of spiders prefer different places to hide. For example, some spiders build their webs in lightly trafficked areas, whereas others prefer open spaces, and others don't build nests at all and instead actively hunt for prey while living in burrows.

In any case, the kitchen, basement, and garage are just a few locations that might attract spiders because they often provide conducive conditions that invite other pests.

How do I get rid of spiders?

At EcoGuard Pest Control, we can help you keep spiders and other pests out of your home with residential pest control services.

We start by talking to you, performing a free inspection, and using our findings to develop a treatment plan, which we can implement on the spot or at a later date if preferred. Unlike other pest control companies, we don't require a commitment and are happy to provide one-time services.

For ongoing pest control, we offer three different tiers to choose from, which provide quarterly services for general maintenance.

Call EcoGuard Pest Control to get started with necessary spider and pest control treatments. 

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

To keep the areas common spiders out of your house and away from your property, try these prevention tips:

  • Remove food sources that attract prey pests, such as crumbs, open garbage cans, and poorly stored food.
  • Check the exterior of your home for cracks and crevices in the foundation, gaps around doors and windows, holes in screens, and other openings where pests can get in.
  • Keep the exterior of your home clear of organic debris, mow the lawn, and trim foliage regularly.
  • Address moisture issues such as leaks and poor ventilation. 
  • Remove clutter from your home to eliminate places where spiders can build webs.

Contact us at EcoGuard Pest Control for more spider and prey pest control tips and assistance removing these critters from your business or home.