There are few things as startling as stepping out of the shower and almost stepping on a big, fat, hairy spider. This encounter can be made even worse if you have a fear of spiders. But how worried should you be about spiders in Merrimac? We have some good news; you don't have to be very worried at all.

Today, we're going to talk about the one kind of spider that can make you very sick, tell you how you can mitigate the risk, and share with you a few helpful tips you can use to get rid of spiders around your Merrimac home. How does that sound? Great! Let's get into it.

a black widow spider in its web
a black widow spider outdoors

Are Spiders In Merrimac Dangerous Enough To Kill People?

We get this question a lot, and as we mentioned, there is only one kind of spider that can present a serious medical threat to Merrimac residents. It is the Northern black widow spider. This spider can present a serious threat. The good news is that it rarely does. Here are a few important facts you should know:

  • Black widow spiders are outdoor spiders. What does this mean? Outdoor spiders prefer to be outdoors. If a black widow spider gets into your home, it is likely to go back outside.

  • When black widows get into man-made structures, it is usually in areas that are undisturbed, such as a storage area, garage, or basement. Be more cautious in these areas and you'll have less to be concerned about.

  • Black widow spiders don't prefer to bite. They typically bite when they feel threatened. Watch where you put your hands, be careful flipping boards over, and wear protective gloves when doing yard work. If you do these things, you should be fine.

  • If a black widow spider bites you, it could cause a dry bite. This is when the wound is not envenomated. Dry bites hurt a little bit but don't come with medical symptoms.

  • If you have symptoms from a black widow bite, seek medical treatment that is available near you. Deaths from spider bites typically occur when people can't get medical attention.

These facts should bring you some relief—unless you have a fear of spiders. If you do, you can reach out to us here at Freedom Pest Control for immediate assistance with your spider problem. We'll address the spiders in your house quickly and effectively.

Signs Of A Spider Infestation In Your Merrimac Home

One of the ways you can tell that you have a black widow spider in your home is by looking for their webs. These spiders typically create webs in low areas. The threads of a black widow spider web are strong and make a plucking noise when you break them.

Webs are a great way to tell if you're having spider problems. If you want to know how active spiders are in your home, most of the time you can look to the webs for your answer. More webs usually means more spiders. If you want to get rid of spiders, one way is to get rid of the webs. Many spiders in Merrimac create egg sacs in their webs. One sac can have hundreds of eggs in it. That's a lot of spiders waiting to hatch. Almost all spiders can be deterred by removing webs and destroying egg sacs.

Do All Spiders In Merrimac Spin Webs?

If you have spiders in your house, you're likely to see webs; but you won't always see webs. Wolf spiders (those are the big, hairy ones) do not create webs like other common house spiders. Wolf spiders keep their eggs on their backs. When the eggs hatch, the spiderlings ride on the back of the female spider. So, you can have lots of these spiders in your home and not see a single spider. This is the one exception to the rule.

What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Spiders In My Merrimac Home?

If you want to get rid of black widow spiders, or all spiders, in your Merrimac home, the best way is to invest in spider control from Freedom Pest Control. Spiders are tricky to deal with because they get into wall voids and other places where it is difficult to spray them. Our residential pest control technicians are trained in the methods that work to locate spiders, treat spiders, and monitor for spider activity. Spider control isn't something that happens overnight. It is a process, and this process is best performed by a licensed and experienced technician.

Are you dealing with spiders in Merrimac? If so, reach out to us today to request an inspection. We'll let you know what you're up against and guide you toward the right solution for your needs and specific budget.


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