Say Goodbye To Spiders: Effective Prevention And Control Techniques For Your Meridian Home

August 16, 2023

Spiders might be common visitors to your home, but that doesn't mean they are welcome guests. They create messy webs throughout your house, and many species reproduce rapidly. Whether you see numerous spiders or some that may be dangerous, this blog will help you learn more about safe spider removal and control. 

We'll start by explaining how to identify the most common species that enter homes in our area and explain what to expect if one bites you. We'll also provide tips to prevent these pests in your home and help you determine when to call the experts. Learn more about effective spider control with the pros at Owyhee Environmental.

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Spider Identification: How To Recognize Different Species

Spiders are easy to recognize with their eight legs and silky webs, but learning to identify the different species can help you protect your family from dangerous bites. The following list describes the most common spiders in Idaho that infest homes:

  • House spiders: Yellowish brown with an off-white abdomen with dark stripes, are 3/16 to 5/16 of an inch long
  • Cellar spiders: Pale yellow to light brown or gray, small body with long, skinny legs, between 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch long
  • Wolf spiders: Dark brown with paler stripes or markings, hairy, stout body with long spiny legs, growing up to 3/4 (male) and 1 3/8 inches long (female)
  • Black widow spiders: Black with distinct red hourglass shape on the abdomen, between 1 1/2 and 1 3/8 inches long

Recognizing the species' webs can also help with identification, except for wolf spiders, who do not use webs for hunting. House spiders create tangled webs all over the house, and cellar spiders build irregular webs, typically in damp, dark areas.

Black widow webs are the most important to recognize and avoid. Accidentally touching the web can result in a bite. Widows spin irregular webs near ground level, often in low-traffic cluttered areas like garages and basements. 

If you see many spiders in your home or evidence of more dangerous ones, it is best to call the pros for assistance. Contact us today at Owyhee Environmental for help eliminating spiders and protecting your family from more highly-venomous species.

Symptoms Of Spider Bites: What To Expect And How To Treat

Most spider bites are harmless and result in slight redness, pain, and swelling. Nearly all spiders in our area do not have fangs long enough to penetrate human skin or venom strong enough to hurt people. Only one venomous spider in Idaho, the black widow, has a medically dangerous bite.

A bite from a black widow spider can occur accidentally when the spider gets trapped near your skin or if they sense a threat. Widow bites produce pain and swelling that can spread across your body, abdominal cramping, nausea, sweating, and tremors. Bites are rarely fatal as long as you seek prompt medical attention.

If you have spiders all over the house or suspect there are black widows around, the pros at Owyhee Environmental are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to request a free quote.

Preventing Spider Infestations: Practical Tips And Tricks

Spider-proofing your home can help to keep them outside and has the added benefit of keeping many other pests out. Here are some practical tips to prevent spiders in your home:

  • Reduce the clutter in your house to eliminate hiding spots.
  • Seal cracks and crevices on the exterior, including around the foundation, siding, windows, and doors.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home.
  • Deal with any other pest issues, such as an insect infestation that will attract spiders.

The pros at Owyhee Environmental can help you keep spiders away for good. Our services ensure pests stay outdoors and your home stays protected. Contact us today if you need assistance getting rid of pests or with any questions about our services.

Professional Spider Control: When To Call In The Experts

Finding a spider in your house occasionally isn't generally a concern, but if you see numerous spiders around or suspect you may have dangerous black widows, it is best to call in the pros. Owyhee Environmental provides expert spider control near you to rid your home of these concerning pests and prevent them from returning. Call today for a free quote and say goodbye to spiders for good.


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