Spider Control in Maryland, VA, and Surrounding Areas

There’s a good reason many people are afraid of spiders. They’re creepy, they’re crawly, and they can be impossible to get rid of. Whether you find one spider in your home or are dealing with an infestation, there’s no reason you should have to share your space with pests. When you find yourself dealing with spiders or any other unwanted pests, the experts at Frontline Pest have you covered.

Types of Spiders Near Maryland and Virginia

Black Widow Spiders

Gaining its name from the belief that females eat their male counterparts after mating, the black widow spider can be found throughout the United States. Black widows have round bodies and are black with a red hourglass marking on their undersides. Bites from black widows are less common than with other spiders but are more painful. A bite from a black widow can cause nausea, muscle aches, and even difficulty breathing.

House Spiders

The most common spider to find in your home, house spiders are a nuisance pest that builds intricate webs and can live a year or more. Female house spiders have a round abdomen and range from 3/16 to 5/16 inches long. The males have elongated abdomens and are typically 1/8 to 3/16 inches long. Both are light brown or yellowish in color with stripes on their bodies. Female house spiders lay about 250 eggs at a time with the ability to lay over 3,500 during their lifetimes.

Cellar Spiders

Cellar spiders, also known as daddy long-legs spiders, can be found in dark and damp places such as basements and cellars. These spiders are yellow or light brown in color and measure anywhere from 1/4 to 3/8 inches long. Their bodies are oval-shaped with very long, thin legs that can’t be missed.

Wolf Spiders

While primarily a nuisance pest, finding a wolf spider in your home can be pretty jarring. These spiders are dark brown with stripes or markings with females measuring 3/8 to 1 3/8 inches and males a bit smaller at 1/4 to 3/4 inches long. Wolf spiders have short, oval bodies with legs that are long and spiny. You’re not likely to find a wolf spider indoors, so if you do happen upon one, it’s likely inside by accident. Wolf spiders can be found in leaves, firewood, and debris and chase their prey rather than build webs.

Grass Spiders

A very common spider to find in the northeast, grass spiders are funnel web weavers known for cavelike webs they build on the ground. These spiders are sometimes mistaken for wolf spiders in appearance but are unlikely to bite and aren’t venomous. Grass spiders are brown or tan with two thin lines that run down their midlines.

Jumping Spiders

Once inside your home, jumping spiders can be found hunting around windows and doors in search of insects to snack on. They’re also commonly mistaken for black widows due to their black bodies and short legs. Their bodies range from 1/8 to 3/4 inches and can be black, tan, brown, or gray in color. They also may be covered in dense hair or scales. Jumping spiders get their name from their jumping ability, which is used to catch prey.

Yellow Sac Spiders

Active hunters who usually hunt for their prey instead of building a web, yellow sac spiders can be found throughout the United States. They spend most of their time in dark spaces where they feel safe and opt for a nocturnal schedule so they can guard their sacs during the day. Yellow sac spiders can be yellow or white with a dark stripe across their abdomens. These spiders are avid hunters and will not hesitate to bite when threatened.

What Attracts Spiders to My Maryland or Virginia Home?

There are quite a few things that attract spiders to your home, including typical factors that attract other pests, like easy food sources and shelter during the winter. Spiders feed off other insects, so if you find yourself dealing with an infestation, there’s a good chance there are more pests taking over your space. Other factors that attract spiders include:

  • Food, especially fruits and vegetables
  • Trash that isn’t taken out when full
  • Crumbs that sit on your floor or pantry 
  • Shelter year-round, but even more in winter
  • Outdoor waste such as leaves and brush around your home’s entryways

Signs of a Spider Infestation

One of the surefire signs of a spider infestation in your home is spotting them crawling around your space. In addition, finding webs, egg sacs, and droppings in the corners of your garage, attic, basement, cellar, or shed are indicators that spiders have started making your home their own. Droppings look like small, black paint splatters and can stain your baseboards or walls if left for too long.

In addition, you’ll want to keep an eye out for webs tucked into protected spaces, especially those with small, white web balls that contain eggs. These sacs can contain hundreds of baby spiders that, once hatched, will build their own webs in your home while not even bothering to pay a fair share of the rent. Spotting a spider or two may be an isolated issue, but it may be an indicator that more lie beyond. If you spot any number of spiders in your home, it’s time to call in the pest control experts at Frontline.

Prevent Spiders in Your Maryland and Virginia Home

One of the best spider prevention steps you can take is to seal cracks and crevices around your home including in attics, foundations, and around screen windows and doors. Use caulk to fill in gaps around faucets and electrical outlets as well as around wires and cables. If window screens are ripped or torn, replace them and fill in any gaps you find. Many spiders head indoors in search of food and shelter, so if you discover an infestation, there’s a good chance you have other pests in your home as well.

The best way to take care of an infestation is to prevent one before it has the chance to develop. At Frontline Pest, we’ll begin our visit to your home with an inspection to identify any areas that may be an access spot for spiders. We’ll treat the inside and outside of your home with a protective line that prevents almost all common pests from breaking in. We’ll continue regular treatments to make sure spiders are cleared out of your home and won’t be coming back. Our products provide high-quality results while keeping you, your family, and your pets safe.

Schedule Spider Control Services With Frontline Pest Today

Spiders are creepy and crawly on their own and can create a nightmarish situation when you find them inside your home. Instead of checking over your shoulder with each step, call in the pest control experts at Frontline to take care of all your pest needs. Our team is experienced in treatment and prevention so you can get back to pest-free living. Give us a call or contact us online for an inspection of your Maryland or Virginia home.