What do orb-weaver spiders look like?
There are over 3000 species of orb-weaver spiders. Orb-weavers are part of the Araneidae spider family. They all have 8 eyes and hairy legs. Many are brightly colored with beautiful patterns. Some people enjoy watching orb-weavers spin their orb shaped spiral pattern webs.
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Are orb-weaver spiders dangerous?
Orb-weaver spiders are not aggressive towards humans. If startled, or squished they may bite in self-defense. A bite from an orb-weaver spider is not very strong. The bite may cause a red swollen area for just a short time but typically hurts less than a bee sting. Because they are bigger spiders and brightly colored many people worry they are poisonous to humans. This is not true. We would actually consider orb-weaver spiders to be beneficial around the yard as they eat many insects we do consider pests.
Orb-weaver spider habitat.
Orb-weavers are best known for their orb-like webs. These orb webs can be found strung between tree branches, porch columns, tall grasses, and anywhere else likely to catch prey attracted to light. Most orb-weaver spider webs have a spiral pattern to them. Many orb-weavers take down their web and rebuild it again each day. In the late evening, they will consume their web and rebuild it after a short period of rest. They typically stay hidden during the day and are most active in the evening.
How do I get rid of orb-wevaer spiders?
The best way to stop a orb-weaver spider problem is with routine exterior treatments and web knock downs. Walker Pest Management’s professional pest control technicians have been trained to find and remove orb-weaver spiders and their webs through our year-round Preferred Care Pest Control program.
How can I prevent orb-weaver spider problems at my home or business?
Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any orb-weaver problems in your home.
- Seal any gaps around the foundation, crawlspace, or basement.
- Make sure window, doors, and vents have screens with no tears or holes.
- Trim tall grass, bushes, and trees away from the exterior of home.
- Do not leave a lot of lights on in or around the yard at night. (lights attract insects which orb-weavers feed on)
If you suspect a orb-weaver spider problem contact Walker Pest Management for a free quote.
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