In the Gloucester, Virginia area, the vast majority of the spiders you’ll find are not dangerous to humans in the least. However, with arachnophobia being one of the most common fears across the United States, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want even harmless spiders infesting your home or business.
Pest Authority of the Northern Neck offers expert pest control services that will keep your home spider-free for good. We proudly offer the highest quality spider control services to Tappahannock, Virginia, Dahlgren, Virginia, and the surrounding areas.
Pest Authority created our revolutionary Barrier 360 treatment to protect your home or business from spiders and 12 other common pests all with the same treatment. Barrier 360 is a cost-effective way to protect your home from pests without breaking the bank on pest control services. Barrier 360 creates a spider-proof barrier around the exterior of your home or business that stops spiders – and 12 other pests – from coming inside in the first place. If they do get inside, all you have to do is call, and we’ll reassess and retreat at no extra cost to you. No Contracts. No Commitments. No Spiders. Guaranteed.
Common Species of Dangerous Spiders:
- Brown Recluse
Brown recluse spiders are usually about the size of a quarter and have light brown bodies with a violin-shaped marking on their back. In some areas, they are known as violin spiders or fiddleback spiders. Brown recluse bites can be extremely dangerous, and to avoid them, you should always wear gloves and tuck your pants into your boots when decluttering storage spaces or working with wood piles. Brown recluse bites can lead to necrosis in extreme cases and can also cause convulsions, muscle pain, nausea, and fever.
- Black Widow
The venom of a female black widow is a staggering 15 times more powerful than rattlesnake venom, making them the most venomous spider in the U.S. Black widows are small, black spiders that have a bright red hourglass marking on their back. Less than 1% of people bitten by a black widow die as a result of the bite, but they are still extremely dangerous. Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, hypertension, and trouble breathing.
- Hobo Spider
The effects of a hobo spider bite are not conclusively agreed upon by experts because hobo spiders look so similar to other types of spider, including the brown recluse. They’re most commonly found in the Pacific Northwest, and some believe hobo spider bites cause necrosis.
How to Avoid Spider Bites & Infestations:
- Shake out your shoes – especially boots – before putting them on.
- Clean out your gutters regularly.
- Cut back trees and bushes so that their branches aren’t touching your house.
- Move your bed away from the walls and make sure your curtains aren’t touching your bed.
- Get rid of bed skirts, especially those that touch the floor.
- Shake out any clothes or linens that have been on the floor and inspect them thoroughly before use.
- Get rid of clutter, especially paper and cardboard boxes.
- Store your off-season clothing in sealed plastic bags and store your shoes in sealed plastic boxes.