Common House Spider
By: Bio-Tech Pest Control | Published 03/09/2023
I don’t like spiders. It doesn’t matter if they are a common house spider or a far more dangerous one like a brown recluse or worse. I understand many people will argue most spiders found in and around your home are beneficial predators and will help get rid of ants, wasps, flies, mosquitoes and other such pests but then again I don’t want those in my home either!
The common house spider doesn’t mind living with humans. You may normally find the cobwebs of the common house spider in upper corners of your walls, at angles of window frames, and sometimes near doors that you open frequently. They use these tangled webs where breezes or other air currents can bring in their prey.
The common house spider can be a yellowish-brown or even gray in color with chevron markings on its abdomen. The common house spider poses little, if no threat to humans. They are not aggressive and will only bite if provoked however the common house spider may be hiding in a spot it feels is a safe haven, such as an old shoe, but may see you putting your foot into this shoe it has recently made a home as an act of aggression so I prefer taking steps to keep spiders and other pests out of my home to begin with.
Part of your regular home maintenance to control spiders in your home can be:
- Declutter your home regularly to remove potential spider hiding spots.
- Vacuum frequently to remove spider webs and spider egg sacs. This should include under furniture.
- Pests require a water source to survive. Check and repair plumbing leaks that could be inviting pests into your home.
- Clean and prune potted house plants that may be harboring spiders.
- Seal cracks and crevices around the outside of the house using a silicone-based caulk to reduce potential entry points.
- If you enjoy keeping windows open, be sure to check and repair torn window screens that may be allowing pests easy access into your home.
- Replace exterior incandescent lights with warm colored fluorescent light bulbs to reduce attracting bugs that spiders like to eat.
Remember: the common house spider has a difficult time thriving in a clean, decluttered home with low humidity and fewer indoor insects.
Spider control will take the combined effort of both you as the homeowner and your professional pest control operator. If you have questions about common house spiders and keeping them out of your home, call or contact Bio-Tech Pest Control at 281-296-6022