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Spiders – Orb Weaver & Cobweb Spider

“Spiders…”Spiders are familiar to almost everyone. Spiders hatch from eggs, which are bundled together in sacs. The female may carry the sack with her or tuck it away in a secluded spot. The young spiders (called spiderlings) are miniature replicas of adult spiders, and they grow through a series of molts. Most spiders live for 1-2 years. Spiders are cold-blooded invertebrates; their activity is greatly reduced by cold temperatures. Spiders differ from insects in several ways; as a group spiders are recognized by their two-segmented bodies, eight legs (insects always have six), and 4 -8 simple eyes. In addition, spiders always lack wings and antennae. Hence, spiders are more closely related to ticks, mites and daddy-longlegs, than to insects.

One interesting attribute of spiders is their production and use of silk. It is produced by a set of special glands located near the tip of the abdomen; it is secreted as a liquid, which hardens when, exposed to the air. Spiders use silk to capture prey (webs and traps), build shelters, wrap egg sacks, and for locomotion (draglines and parachutes).

The danger of spider bites is greatly exaggerated. Most spiders are NOT dangerous to man under normal conditions, and only a few species are of public health significance. Spiders are beneficial to man. They are predaceous and feed on a variety of live prey including insects, centipedes and even other spiders. The 2 most common spiders that invade your home are:

“Cobweb Spiders…” The cobweb spider is one of the most common groups of indoor spiders. They are small (less than 1/2"), and pale yellow, tan or gray without any distinct markings. They build irregular webs in corners and around windows and curtains. The webs remain inconspicuous until they are abandoned and become dust covered.
“Orb Weavers…” The orb weaver is a very large, conspicuous spider that construct large orb-like webs for snaring their prey. These webs are usually constructed in open areas near gardens and homes where flying insects will blunder into the webs. Cottages and homes on or near lakes are very prone to orb weaver activity due the large number of insects hatching in the water.

Our “Indoor and/or Outdoor Spider Maintenance & Prevention Programs” are highly successful and will eliminate and control your spider problems. We service all types of structures; rural and residential homes, vacation properties, barns, trailers, industrial and commercial complexes. These programs are safe and environmentally friendly. The Indoor Program can be completed any time of year. The Outdoor Program is completed in the early summer (June – July) months. The objective is to exterminate these pests in the most active period.