Spider Control Services in mid-Missouri
While most critters enter your home simply in search of food and water, spiders have a little bit more on their agenda when it comes to invading. Spiders will enter homes through any crack and crevice they can fit into, looking for nourishment, warmth, moisture and even a mate.
Having an existing colony of another insect can also be a reason for spiders to enter your home. As ants are interested in eating your food, spiders enter your home looking to eat the ants!
Another cause of a spider infestation is spider colonies nesting in an item that is then brought into your home. The most common place to stumble upon a spider is in a damp area such as your basement or a crawlspace. It is possible you have been sharing your home with spiders without even noticing them because they don’t like to be out in the open. Here are the most common types of spiders found in homes in mid-Missouri.
Types of Spiders in mid-Missouri
There are several different species of spiders in Missouri but only two are poisonous – Brown Recluse and Black Widows. If you think you have either a brown recluse or black widow spider in your home but are unsure, visit our identify a pest page for more information.
Brown Recluse Spider Control
Both adult and immature Brown Recluse Spiders are capable of injecting poisonous venom which may result in serious damage to skin tissue and necrotic lesions. The venom continues to destroy tissue over a period of days to weeks which may result in a necrotic ulcer and a deep scar. If bitten, call a physician or go to the emergency room immediately!
Brown Recluse Biology Basics:
- Found throughout Missouri and the central and southern states.
- Adults are 1/4 – 1/2 inches in body length.
- Tan to dark brown in color with a dark “fiddle” shaped marking on their cephalothorax.
- Females deposit 40-50 eggs in a silken egg sack and can produce 1-5 egg sacks in her lifetime.
- Eggs hatch in 25-39 days, undergo 6-7 instars and molts, and become adults in 7-12 months. Average life span is 2-4 years.
- Mostly nocturnal and feed on silverfish, cockroaches, crickets, and other soft bodied insects dead or alive.
- Adult and immature brown recluse produce poisonous venom that damage tissue.
- Bites are usually painless followed by soreness or intense pain within 6-12 hours.
- Pimple like blister will usually appear along with swelling within 10-14 days.
- Dead skin may slough away in the bite area along with a possible open ulcer exposing muscle and/or bone.
- Brown Recluse are commonly found both indoors and outdoors.
Common Area to find Brown Recluse
Outdoors – beneath rocks, piles of lumber or debris, utility boxes, woodpiles, under tree bark, storage sheds, barns, under porches, cedar shake roofs, etc. Indoors – boxes, papers, clothing and shoes, underneath tables and chairs, crevices of baseboards, doors and window moldings, storage areas, wall voids, voids above suspended ceilings, closets, bedrooms and bedding, garages, attics, crawl spaces, basements, behind insulation, and any other non-disturbed area.
What's the Solution?
Short term – perform a thorough inspection and initial treatment to the exterior, interior, attic, crawlspace (if present), and all accessible void spaces. Treatments will be performed using a combination of residual sprays and dusts. The initial treatment should be followed by 2-5 continuous monthly services for the most effective control. Long term – perform the same procedure as the “short term” program and maintain control and elimination with one of our regular service programs such as: monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, or 5 Star service.
Spider Extermination Services in mid-Missouri by Steve’s Pest Control
Thorough spider control treatment includes treatment on the exterior, interior, attic, and crawl space (if present). Excessive interior clutter, storage, and undisturbed areas can contribute to the magnitude of the spider population. Exterior conditions such as dense vegetation, wood piles, stored items, yard clutter, etc. can also contribute and allow conducive conditions suitable for spiders.
If you find yourself needing to remove spiders from your home, know that you can trust the experts from Steve’s Pest Control to get the job done right. We take a proactive approach in our spider control treatment plans, meaning we stop the infestation at the root of the source. Our methods are long lasting and minimally invasive, with respect to you and your home. Before we make a recommendation to eliminate a spider problem, we will need to determine if Brown Recluse or Black Widow Spiders are present within your home. Once this evaluation is made, we will recommend a treatment strategy to best solve the problem.