Getting Rid of Spiders

Anyone who has lived in Washington knows that spiders are frequent visitors to our homes, offices, and gardens. During the late summer and early fall, spiders appear in large numbers. They can often be found in moist, dark areas such as crawl spaces, window wells, or basements. Control of spider populations is best achieved by mitigating the general insect population. Sunrise offers a quarterly pest maintenance service, All Pest Protection, that includes general pest control and web sweeping to help limit spider activity.

Spider Control

Western Washington is home to a variety of different types of spiders. These eight-legged arachnids feed on insects, mites, and small animals. They’re considered beneficial and help control insects that would otherwise be harmful in larger numbers. The two most common types of spiders in Western Washington are the Hobo Spider and the Domestic House Spider. Despite popular belief, poisonous spiders such as brown recluse and black widow spiders are not native to this part of the state and are rarely found. Many domestic house spider and hobo spider species belong to the genus Tegenaria. Spiders in this genus generally thrive in dark, damp places such as basements, crawl spaces, or window wells. They are capable of surviving for several months without food or water. Young spiders in this genus hatch in May or June and have roughly a 2-year lifespan. However, females can live for up to three years or more.

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