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    Spiders

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Spider Control

While spiders like to eat household pests, some are dangerous to humans.
For example, Black Widows and Brown Recluse spiders are known to be
potentially fatal to us, which is a pretty good reason to keep them out of your
home. If you have the occasional fly or gnat in the house, chances are you
have spiders. And if they're in your house, you probably want these pests
gone. Hiring Ortho® Pest Control Service to kill them with our professional
products, that can also act as a spider repellent, is the first step to eliminating
spiders around your home. Here are some ways you can help prevent them
from getting in or sticking around.

Spider Prevention

  • Vacuum or knock down webs so they find a new place for their home.
  • Clean regularly to keep pests out of your home (if they can't eat, they'll go elsewhere).
  • Eliminate clutter; spiders like to hang out in hidden spots.
  • Caulk, or use putty, to seal cracks and holes around your home so they can't come inside.
  • Mend holes and rips in window screens.
  • Turn off outdoor lights; they attract bugs, which attracts spiders.
  • Move firewood and other vegetation away from home.

Spider Facts

  • Beside their heads, all spiders have only two sections: the cephalothorax and the abdomen.
  • They move by muscle and pressure in their blood; some joints don't even have muscles.
  • Most females are larger than males and may mistake suitors as food.
  • All spiders are venomous-except for the Uloboride family.
  • Spiders are carnivores, feeding on everything from insects to birds.
  • They can't digest solids, so they have to liquefy their prey.
  • Not all spiders spin webs. Wolf spiders and jumping spiders don't need to trap their prey?they can attack from the ground.
  • All spiders produce silk; they use it to catch prey, protect eggs, provide shelter and reproduce.