While most of the spiders that you’ll find in the Williamsburg, Virginia area are completely harmless to humans, you probably don’t want spiders infesting your home even if they aren’t venomous. Plus, with arachnophobia being one of the most common fears in the U.S., dealing with a spider infestation in your home or business can be seriously distressing to a lot of people.
Pest Authority of Williamsburg is here to help you take back your home or business from spiders for good. We proudly offer the highest quality spider control services to Poquoson, Virginia, Yorktown, Virginia, and the surrounding areas.
Our Barrier 360 treatment is a cost-effective, easy way to protect your home from spiders and 12 other common pests with the same simple treatment. Barrier 360 is applied around the exterior of your home or business and prevents spiders and other common pests from being able to get inside. If they do? Don’t worry. All you have to do is call us, and we’ll reassess and retreat at no additional charge. No Contracts. No Commitments. No Spiders. Guaranteed.
Common Species of Dangerous Spiders:
- Brown Recluse
These spiders are also called fiddleback or violin spiders in some parts of the United States because of the dark, violin-shaped marking on their bodies. Brown recluse spiders prefer to hide in dark places like attics, cupboards, and wood piles. If you’re working outside or cleaning out your attic or other storage spaces, be sure to wear gloves and tuck your pants into your shoes to avoid being bitten. In extreme cases, a brown recluse bite can lead to necrosis, a condition where living cells die. In less extreme cases, a brown recluse bite will cause symptoms including fever, nausea, itching, muscle pain, and convulsions. You should seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you have been bitten by a brown recluse
- Black Widow
Black widows are probably the spider that first comes to your mind when you think of venomous spiders. They have a striking appearance due to their jet-black bodies and a bright red hourglass or striped marking on their abdomen. Female black widows are considered to be the most venomous spider in the United States, and their venom is 15 times more toxic than that of a rattlesnake. However, very few – less than 1% – of people bitten by a black widow die as a result of the bite. Symptoms of a bite typically include hypertension, nausea, abdominal pain, and paralysis of the diaphragm that causes difficulty breathing. You’re most likely to find black widows nesting in covered, dark places like mailboxes and underneath outdoor furniture. They typically keep to themselves but will become aggressive when threatened.
- Hobo Spider
Hobo spiders appear in various shades of brown and are particularly hard to identify due to the fact that they so closely resemble so many other species of spiders, including the brown recluse. Because of this, the effects of a hobo spider bite have not been conclusively confirmed. Hobo spider bites were at one time thought to cause necrosis, but this could very well be due to misidentifying brown recluse spiders as hobo spiders. However, if you suspect you’ve been bitten by a hobo spider, it’s still always best to seek immediate medical attention. Hobo spiders are most prevalent in the Pacific Northwest United States and typically prefer to hide away in damp, dark places like basements, garages, and crawl spaces.
How to Avoid Spider Bites & Infestations:
- Vigorously shake out your shoes before putting them on, especially if they’ve been stored for a long period of time.
- Keep your gutters clean and free of debris.
- Keep the branches of all trees and shrubs around your home trimmed back so that they’re not touching your home.
- Orient your bed so that it’s not touching walls or curtains, and don’t use bed skirts.
- Declutter your home as much as possible.
- Keep all your shoes and clothing that’s not in use in sealed plastic containers.