How Even Common House Spiders Can Cause Big Problems For North Carolina Homes

October 26, 2018


Not too many people like spiders, they are creepy and most people will run screaming if a spider drops down into their face! It can give you the shudders to just think about it. But spiders are inevitable because where there are insects you can be sure there will be spiders to feed on them.

spider on floor in a lenoir home

The most common types of spiders in Lenoir, North Carolina are cellar spiders, giant house spiders, orb weaver spiders, wolf spiders, and yellow sac spiders. They are arachnids that have 8 legs, two body parts, and multiple sets of eyes. Some spiders are outright dangerous, like the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. Even still, everyday house spiders can be a serious concern for homeowners in North Carolina.

Cellar spiders are yellow or tan in color and have wispy long legs. They are harmless spiders that can cause messy webs throughout your home, in corners, and in closets.

Giant house spiders are a more substantial spider that is large and dark orange, brown, or beige in color. The male giant house spider can have up to a 4” leg span.

Orb-weaver spiders vary in color and can have stripes or be multicolored. Their legs can be spiny or hairy, and they build spiral webs that are wheel-shaped.

Yellow sac spiders can be pale yellow, green-tinged, or almost see-through. They are small and have long thin legs. Believe it or not, this spider contains venom and a bite will typically feel like a bee sting and may hurt or burn and become red and start to swell for about an hour or so. Sometimes a yellow sac spider bite can cause a headache, nausea, and vomiting, which will require medical attention, but this type of reaction is rare.

Wolf spiders are very scary-looking with their long spiny legs and dark compact bodies that are hairy. They are predators that will hunt their prey rather than build webs to trap them in.

Black widow spiders are mostly black except for the distinctive red hourglass shape on their abdomens; they may also have red or white spots on their bodies. The good news for us: they tend to bite humans only when disturbed. However, you can see how living with these creatures in and around your house is less than ideal. If you are bitten by a black widow spider, seek medical attention immediately as these spiders are venomous.

False black widow spiders look very similar to black widow spiders except for the fact that they do not have the distinguishing red hourglass marking. These spiders can bite as well, they are not very aggressive and will only bite when they feel threatened. These spiders are venomous as well, so if you are bitten by a false black widow, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

All spiders are a nuisance, but not all are venomous like the black widow spider, brown recluse spider, and yellow sac spider. However, you don’t want them coexisting in your home with you.

Here are some prevention tips to get you started:

  • Get rid of piles of junk, wood, and debris piles in your yard.
  • Clean up clutter indoors, including closets and attics.
  • Seal off all cracks and crevices in foundations and exterior walls.
  • Repair or replace all damaged and missing screens and vents.
  • Store piles of clothes or papers in sealed containers.
  • Keep doors closed when possible and place screens on all the windows and doors in your home.
  • Keep other pests out of your home, especially insects.

In the end, the best way to deal with a spider problem is to contact A-1 Pest Control in Lenoir, North Carolina. Our professionals are knowledgeable and have every tool needed to do the job right. We can eliminate spider infestations and other pests such as the insects that are drawing spiders into your home. A year-round residential pest control plan would be an ideal program to control pests all year long so that you can have peace of mind that your home is pest-free. Give us a call today to learn more about your pest control options. 

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