By Glenn Workman, Owner, Pest and Moisture Specialist
As you start to get ready for spring and dig out your lawnmowers, garden gloves, rakes and tools, you may notice that several spiders have taken residence in your garage. That’s because during the cold winter months, spiders discovered that your garage would protect them from the elements. But now it’s spring and you want access to your garage again, and without all the creepy crawlies and webs.
Not all spiders are created equally.
While most all spiders are venomous, many can be quite harmless such as the common house spider. Others can be dangerous and even deadly like the black widow or brown recluse. Click here to learn about the common spider species found in Virginia that may be in your garage, house or yard.
Facts about spiders
All spiders are arachnids meaning they have two body segments, eight legs, no antennae or wings and no ability to chew. Most spiders deposit their venom to paralyze their prey and then, through the use of enzymes, consume their prey as liquid. Most, but not all spiders lay webs.
Some things you may want to know about spiders:
- Spiders reproduce year around, but during the winter months, female spiders may seek shelter in order to protect her eggs. Your garage is a dry, safe place for her to lay her eggs in spring.
- Spiders that make webs often protect their eggs in silk. Each sac can contain as little as 10 eggs or as many as 1,000.
- All spiders are predators. When you have your light on in your garage at nighttime, you are drawing in bugs that will make great meals for spiders.
- Spiders like to hide in dark places. All of those nooks, crannies and cardboard boxes in your garage make great hiding places.
How to get rid of spiders in your garage
If you don’t want webs to stick to you when you’re walking through your garage, or to be greeted by an eight-legged squatter, or worse, see hundreds of tiny spider babies hatch and scurry up your walls, you need to take care of the problem. You can either move boxes and thoroughly clean out your garage, using a vacuum to suck up each spider you see, hoping you can find them and they are of the harmless and not poisonous variety. Or you can call an exterminator to take care of your spider problem so you don’t have to fear anything lurking nearby or crawling on you when you enter your garage.
PESTOUT is a professional, prompt and reputable pest control company serving the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. To learn more about our spider treatments call (757) 814-2923.
Glenn Workman, owner of PESTOUT, has over 20 years experience in the business. PESTOUT is a pest control company that delivers professional and prompt pest control services across Hampton Roads Virginia, including the cities of Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, and north into Williamsburg. PESTOUT is a local, family-owned business providing that personable and professional touch you expect from people who are your neighbors. Your children and pets are important to us, so safety is of the utmost importance. We will treat your property and environment as if it is our own. Call PESTOUT for a free pest inspection today. (757) 251-0944
Additional sources: thoughtco.com, kidzone.ws.htm
Images courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net by Feelart (spider) and James Barker (garden spider)