Florida Spiders in the Fall
Here in Central Florida, we are no strangers to spiders throughout the year. But if you’re noticing them more than ever right now, there’s a reason why! After spiders hatch in the spring, their populations are often in full force by the time August and September roll around. Although most spiders that get into your home this time of year are harmless, there are two in particular you need to be on the lookout for: the black widow and the brown recluse spider. These two are known to bite when they feel threatened. For this reason and more, it’s best to learn how to keep all types of spiders out of your home throughout the year. Keep reading for tips from Heron Home & Outdoor.
Dangerous Spider Species To Avoid
Most types of spiders you encounter in or around your home are relatively harmless. In fact, they likely want to avoid contact with you altogether! However, the black widow and brown recluse spiders are known for their slightly aggressive behavior and ability to administer a nasty bite.
The black widow is best identified by its unique red hourglass shape on its body. These spiders build sticky, tangled cobwebs in garages, sheds, and near the ground. Brown recluse spiders, on the other hand, have a darker brown violin-shaped mark and are brown in color. They build looser webs for shelter. They are known to be aggressive when threatened and could administer a mean bite. If you see either of these spiders, be very cautious.
Preventing Spiders in Your Home This Fall
To avoid the scary sight of spiders crawling on your ceiling, there are a number of ways to make your home less attractive to the arachnids in general. Our top spider prevention tips include:
- Keep your lawn and yard trimmed. Overgrown bushes, shrubs, piles of wood, and more can attract spiders to your property and eventually indoors.
- Clean your home on a regular basis. Doing so can prevent insects that spiders like to prey on and eliminate hiding spots for pests.
- Seal any cracks and crevices. Inspect the inside and outside of your property for tiny spots that may be inviting spiders in, and seal properly.
- Install or repair screens on doors and windows. Holes or crevices in screens will easily invite spiders (and other pests) inside.
- Inspect boxes and used furniture prior to bringing them inside. Adult spiders or egg sacs could be nestled in old unopened boxes.
How to Control a Spider Infestation
Spiders are every homeowner’s worst nightmare. They may not be the most dangerous pest, but they still strike fear in the hearts of many. If you are still seeing spiders daily despite your best efforts to keep them out, it’s best to enlist the help of your local spider exterminators. In addition to controlling current infestations, we can help prevent future spider problems in your home.
Florida Spiders in the Fall in Orlando FL and surrounding counties
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