Have you ever heard the myth that we are never more than three feet from a spider? This was first claimed in The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, a reference to so-called “microscopic spiders” that lived on people. It wasn’t long after that these “spiders” were discovered to just be dust mites, which are a whole lot different than potentially dangerous spiders. With all of that said, this creepy saying could be true for you if spiders ever invade your Savannah home. To make sure this never happens, here is the secret to keeping spiders out.
Spider Species Around Savannah
Savannah is home to a wide variety of spider species, most of which live outside and rarely find their way into homes. That said, here are some common home-invading spiders and what you should know about each.
House Spiders: House spiders come in a few variations of colors but are usually yellow and brown with dark rings around their legs. Another identifiable feature of this pest is it’s distinctly large abdomen marked by a distinct chevron. Besides the webs these pests scatter around homes, house spiders are not a threat to humans.
Crevice Spider: Also known as the southern house spider, crevice spiders are brown and often mistaken for brown recluse. Unlike the brown recluse, however, crevice spiders are harmless. Find these pests hiding around homes inside dark, tight, and secluded areas.
Wolf Spiders: Wolf spiders are not nearly as dangerous as they look. This furry, brown, large-bodied spider hunts prey around homes on the ground. A bite from this pest can cause minor pain and discomfort, much like a bee sting, but is not deadly.
Brown Recluse Spider: The brown recluse is one of two spider species in Savannah that poses a serious risk to humans. This brown pest is identifiable by the darker backward violin shape just behind its head. A bite from a brown recluse elicits symptoms ranging from mild to intense pain, fever, nausea, rash, itching, chills, sweating, and an open ulcer around the sight of the bite.
Black Widow Spider: Black widows are the second deadly spider here in Savannah. Much more distinguishable than a brown recluse, a black widow spider is best identified by its black coloration and the red hourglass shape located beneath its large abdomen. A bite from this pest can elicit muscle cramps, moderate to severe pain, chills, nausea, fever, vomiting, sweating, headache, restlessness, stupor, and shock.
How To Prevent Spiders
Spiders invade homes for one reason: to hunt, usually for insects but occasionally other spiders. To keep them out, you must also keep out the pests they hunt. To help you with that, here are a few great exclusion tips to try:
Keep your lawn and landscaping well-maintained.
Eliminate sources of water build up around your property.
Check your gutters. Make sure they are clean and properly channeling water away from your home.
Use a caulking gun or some liquid cement to fill gaps, holes, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
Repair damage to window/door screens, door sweeps, and weather stripping.
Turn exterior lights off at night, or invest in yellow insect-resistant light bulbs.
Eliminate clutter and debris around your property.
Tidy up storage areas and keep clutter to a minimum inside your home.
Clean regularly, making sure no food or drinks are left out in the open.
Invest in trash cans that have tight-fitting lids.
To make sure spiders stay out of your home, our best prevention tip is that you get a professional involved. At Pestmaster® Services, we get spiders, and we also get the pests they invade to hunt.
If you are looking for a reliable way to keep pests out of your Savannah home year-round, we are your best option. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive service plans and find one that best suits your needs.