There are a lot of spiders in the world. There are so many spiders, it is said that we are never more than 10 feet from a spider in our entire lives. This statistic obviously doesn't apply to skydivers, deep-sea divers, and perhaps, astronauts, but for the rest of us, it is a factual statement. Spiders live in walls, ceilings, and floor voids. They live in the ground. They live in the trees. They even fly through the air. Yes, spiders fly. It is a process called ballooning. A spider releases gossamer threads into the air and uses them like a balloon or kite to ride on the wind. So you see, it is quite possible that you've never been more than 10 feet away from a spider in your entire life.
In your Pittsburgh home, there are a few common spiders that creep in your attic, basement, storage rooms and voids. They are called common house spiders. But these should not be confused with the specific spider known as the common house spider, Parasteatoda tepidariorum. While many spiders are considered common house spiders, this particular spider is head and shoulders above the rest. It is so common in America that it also goes by the name American house spider. Fortunately, a bite from an American house spider will only leave a small, itchy red welt. These are mostly nuisance house guests that leave webs everywhere.
Some other spiders you may find commonly in your home are cellar spiders. These are a group of spiders that prefer to hang out in your cellar because it is dark and moist. They rarely come up into common areas where it is dry, and they don't present a bite threat.
A spider that likes moisture but doesn't stay in your cellar is the wolf spider. It can make an appearance in many places throughout your home. But, while wolf spiders are big and hairy, they don't have a medically important bite.
When it comes to spider control, it is more about management than control. You need to take measures to keep from attracting spiders to your home and use strategies to keep them from coming out into your common areas such as web removal and fly control.
The best way to reduce spider sightings in your home to zero is to invest in a residential pest control plan. With routine exterior treatments, spiders have a harder time getting into your home. If you invest in residential pest control from Witt Pest Management, you also get coverage for over 40 common pests, some of which can be a lot more creepy and dangerous than spiders. Get your protection in place today. We're standing by to help.