A Handy Spider Prevention Guide For Nashville Homeowners


A Handy Spider Prevention Guide For Nashville Homeowners

Isn't it interesting how the mood in a room can instantly change from everyone laughing to silence? People can be joking and enjoying the moment, but then somebody says or does something that completely changes the mood and emotional temperature in the room. Altering the joyous spirit in a room is not always the result of a person's misstatement or inappropriate actions; it can be as simple as spiders! 

When there is a spider sighting, people go into crisis mode. Some start shouting, "kill it, kill it," others run to the opposite end of the room, and a few brave souls run to engage the pest. To minimize the possibility of spiders ruining fun at your home, you need the Nashville pest control team from Urbanex. Our award-winning, veteran-owned company has highly trained experts with over 25 years of combined experience in the pest control industry. We know spiders, where to find them in homes, and how to eradicate them. 

Characteristics Of Common Spiders

It may not be comforting, but an estimated 46,000 spider species exist worldwide, and over 40 types of spiders live in Tennessee. Slight differences distinguish one spider species from another, but all spiders share these characteristics:

  • Spiders have multiple eyes.
  • Spiders have eight legs.
  • Spiders have fangs (chelicerae).
  • Spiders do not have wings or antennae. 
  • Spiders use venom to paralyze or kill their prey.
  • Spiders hide in secluded, dark areas.
  • Spiders run from humans.
  • Spiders attack only when threatened.
  • Spiders shed their external skeleton (exoskeleton) to grow. 
  • The body of a spider has two parts.
  • Light allures spiders.
  • Insects attract spiders

Although you think all spiders build webs, they don't. Some spiders run after their prey, others build elaborate webs, and others build messy webs. Insects and spiders are different due to the number of body segments: insects have three, and spiders have two. 

Some Spiders Are More Dangerous Than Others

All types of house spiders are in Nashville, and while some may inflict a painful bite if threatened, most are harmless. However, some spiders in Nashville are more harmful to humans than others. For example, the venom of a black widow is 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake! A bite from a black widow may result in increased blood pressure, fever, nausea, and sweating. Residual pain from the wound may last for three days before subsiding. 

Another venomous spider in Nashville is the brown recluse spider. Although smaller than a black widow, this brown spider has a violin-shaped mark on its back. A bite from this secluded, small spider may produce a small blister and swelling. If left untreated, the wound may become an ulcer and create a hole from the skin surface to the bone. Although the bites are not always felt, nor do they always produce an ulcer, restlessness, fever, and difficulty sleeping are common symptoms. 

Six Easy And Effective Spider Prevention Tips

In addition to the black widow and brown recluse, common spiders in Nashville include house spiders and wolf spiders. Since we do not want to have spiders ruin a party or disrupt a quiet evening at home, here are six tips to prevent them from overtaking your Nashville home: 

  1. Provide proper drainage on the property to alleviate standing water
  2. Remove debris like leaf piles and wood piles 
  3. Prune shrubs and trees away from the house
  4. Close cracks in the foundation and around windows and doors 
  5. Fix holes in door and window screens
  6. Install bug lights

These are ways to help get rid of spiders around your property and keep them out of your Nashville home. 

Quality Pest Control Makes The Best Spider Control

The best way to get rid of spiders in the house is to secure the pest control services of Urbanex and implement the previously mentioned prevention steps. When you schedule your free inspection, we will identify the spiders infesting your Nashville home and develop a custom strategy using our proven four-part service procedure. We will eliminate spiders from your house. Contact us today and schedule your free inspection! 

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