Is The Spider In My West Palm Beach Home Dangerous?

April 15, 2021


It is estimated that several thousand different species of spiders exist worldwide today, with more than 50 types found in Florida. Spiders are designated to class Arachnida, have eight legs, two distinct body sections, and no antennae. Many people fear spiders; however, the majority do not pose a risk to human health. Spiders are predators that play a helpful role in nature by reducing the population of many commonly irritating insects, such as mosquitoes. As they search for sources of food and shelter, spiders often will enter homes and become unwanted guests. 

a house spider

What Are The Most Dangerous Types Of Spiders In The Region?

Many different types of spiders are common in Florida, most of which are harmless, such as house spiders, wolf spiders, and cellar spiders. The two most common venomous species in South Florida are the black widow and brown recluse spiders, which should be avoided. The black widow is often more than one inch long, and has a unique red “hourglass-shaped” marking on its abdomen. The brown recluse is sometimes called the “violin” or “fiddleback” because of the shape of its distinctive marking. 

Best Ways To Prevent Spiders

Based on their small size, it can be difficult to completely prevent spiders from sneaking into a home. Some of the best practices for prevention include the following: 

  • Keep the lawn and vegetation in the yard, such as shrubs and bushes, properly trimmed and maintained

  • Closely inspect the exterior of the home for points of possible entry. Place screens over exterior vents, apply sealant or weather stripping around doors and windows, and apply caulk or another durable product to fill gaps in the foundation. 

  • Remember that spiders are generally attracted to locations where insects exist as food sources; therefore, it is critical to keep flies and other pests out of the home. 

  • Turn off outdoor lighting near entryways when not needed, and consider using the yellowish types of bulbs that are designed not to attract insects. 

  • Prevent excessive moisture or pools of water from the home’s exterior by maintaining gutters, and fixing leaky spigots and garden hoses. 

The Importance Of Contacting A Professional 

Are you a local homeowner that has noticed a potential problem with troublesome pests in the interior or exterior of the property? Far too many people procrastinate in responding to what is initially a minor problem; however, this delay in reacting often allows for the problem to further develop into a full-blown infestation. 
 
Some property owners respond to a pest intrusion by searching the internet for home remedies, or products available from local retailers. 
Unfortunately, the vast majority of the store-bought do-it-yourself home treatment options will only deliver mediocre and short-term results. Also, these mass-marketed products could potentially contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful; therefore, making contact with a professional exterminator is the best course of action. 

Leading Provider Of Pest Management Solutions In West Palm Beach

The team of experienced technicians with Native Pest Management employs an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach that is comprehensive. It involves using many of the latest methods and products in the industry to eliminate pests. Furthermore, we adhere to many of the best practices from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the safety of our customers, and the local environment. We will thoroughly inspect the premises, determine the best pest treatment options, and conduct diligent follow-up that ensures quality. 
 
We have many years of success solving problems with spiders, mosquitoes, fire ants, rodents, and many other unwanted pests for our residential and commercial customers in the West Palm Beach region. Contact our office today for an onsite interior and exterior inspection and estimate. Remember to ask our service representative about our special monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly treatment plans. 




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