What To Do If You Spot A Surplus of Spider Webs On Your Charlotte Property
December 30, 2021
There are over 3000 different species of spiders native to the United States. About 10% of the spiders in North Carolina are orb-weaver spiders - a common menace to Charlotte properties. Other species include the brown recluse spider, black widow, wolf spider, jumping spider, and house spider.
Spiders are arachnids. They are different from insects because they lack wings and antennae. Their most distinctive feature is their set of eight legs. Spiders eat insects and hold an ecological role in maintaining various insect populations. However, this point tends to be overshadowed by the general fear people have of spiders.
Species of spiders capable of delivering a dangerous bite, such as the black widow, often distract people from the fact that most spiders are completely harmless. This fact applies to the orb-weaver spiders you are most likely to find in your Charlotte home. While orb-weaver spiders are non-aggressive to humans, an infestation of them in your home remains something you should avoid, as running into their webs is no fun.
What Causes Spiders To Build Webs?
Orb-weaver spiders are unique because of their ability to create webs. Most are nocturnal and hard to spot, often retreating from webs that collect moisture during the day. At night, these spiders build their networks of silk on objects such as bushes, fences, and branches.
Unlike spiders that actively hunt prey, such as wolf spiders and jumping spiders, orb-weaver spiders use webs to catch their meals. These spiders wait motionless in the center of their silk traps for insects. When an insect wanders too close, it gets stuck onto the silk and struggles to free itself. An orb-weaver spider will then spin large silk threads across the web, securing the defenseless prey. Orb-weaver spiders build a new web every day. If left unchecked, these webs can add up and hurt the appearance of your home.
Spider Prevention Tips For Your Charlotte Property
If you spot a web on your Charlotte property, then you can be certain spiders are lurking. Charlotte homeowners may have an easier time encountering spider webs in the early hours of the day, as morning dew and raindrops make them more visible.
Spider webs are often on the outside corners of homes, decks, and patios. They can also be found in gardens and near rock piles or woodpiles. Inside homes, spiders often build webs in closets, boxes, basements, and attics.
Here are some do-it-yourself pest control tips to help prevent spiders and their stringy messes from damaging your property:
Remove dead and dried-out vegetation from your property every year.
Remove overhanging branches and bushes near your property that can shelter spiders.
De-web with a broom or pressure hose to remove webs and potential egg sacs.
Address other pest problems inside and outside your home.
Turn off outdoor lights at night to avoid attracting insects and spiders.
Store woodpiles and rock piles away from your home.
Seal any cracks and openings on the exterior of your home to deny entry to spiders.
Address moisture issues that may draw in insects spiders eat.
Regularly vacuum areas where spiders tend to hide, such as basements, attics, closets, and under or behind furniture.
Azura Pest Control Can Solve Your Spider Problem
These preventative measures should control spiders on your Charlotte property. For more advice on how to handle these pests and their webs, contact Aruza Pest Control. We have the tools and experience to get the job done right. Reach out to us today to learn more about our year-round pest control options.