Why Are There So Many Spiders In My Greensboro, NC Home?

October 7, 2020

Pests are no fun to deal with when they infest inside, and spiders are amongst the least fun. If you are wondering why there are so many spiders in your Greensboro home and are looking for a fast way to get these creepy crawlers out, here are a few things you should know.

single wolf spider on ground

What Spiders Live Here In Greensboro?

Many different species of spiders live here in Greensboro, most of which are not dangerous. Some of the most common in our area include wolf spiders, white sac spiders, fishing spiders, house spiders, brown recluse, and black widows. To save you some time, we won’t describe every spider that lives here in Greensboro. Instead, here are a few key features you should know about.

Silk Glands: All spiders produce silk, but not all spiders make intricate webs. Some hunt from the ground and only use their webbing to wrap up their egg sacs or their victims.

Cold Resistant Bodies: Spiders come with a built-in bodily function that acts much like antifreeze does in cars. This makes them resistant to the cold and allows them to survive outside during the fall and winter months. To only detriment they suffer is that they slow down.

Incredible Climbing Ability: Although some spiders like to stay on the ground, all spiders can climb vertical walls. Most can cling upside down to ceilings. These pests use this skill to scale the exterior of homes and look for entry points higher up. 

Venom Filled Fangs: Almost all spiders produce venom; only two families cannot. In most cases, a spider’s venom is powerful enough to immobilize and kill prey their size, but not people. Only dangerous spiders like the brown recluse and black widows have venom harmful to humans and larger animals. If you are ever bitten by one of these pests, seek medical attention immediately. 

Why Spiders Invade Homes?

Spiders need to eat to survive so naturally, they go where their food goes. If the insects and other arachnids spiders hunt invade a home to avoid the chills of fall and winter, spiders will follow them indoors. As we head into the colder months, you may start to notice an influx of spiders and other pests around your Greensboro home.

How To Prevent Spiders

There is no targeted way to keep spiders out of your home. What there is, however, is a list of general exclusion tips that will keep all pests outside where they belong. Here are a few prevention measures to implement around your property:

  • Remove clutter and debris from your yard.

  • Trim back bushes and tree branches at least five feet from your home’s exterior walls.

  • Keep your grass and landscaping well maintained.

  • Use a caulk gun to seal gaps, holes, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.

  • Make sure your home’s weatherstripping, window/door screens, and door sweeps are in good condition.

  • Repair damage to your home’s shingles, siding, and chimney.

  • Keep your home clean and do your best to limit how many rooms you eat and drink in.

  • Store leftover foods inside airtight containers.

  • Clean out your pet’s food and water bowls before going to bed at night.

  • Invest in professional pest control services.

At Go-Forth Pest Control, we offer comprehensive pest control solutions for spiders and the pests they hunt. If you are looking for an easy way to protect your home from small invaders this fall and winter, get our team involved.

Contact us today for any questions about our services or schedule your Greensboro home for a thorough pest inspection.

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