Spider Identification Guide

What are spiders?

Spiders are are a type of arachnid, related to mites, ticks, and scorpions, and are easy to identify; all have eight legs, many eyes, and two body regions, while none have antennae or wings. Spiders are predators, which means they feed on other living things – mainly insects and other spiders.

a black and yellow spider spinning a web

These eco-important creatures help to control nuisance populations of insects. Spiders usually are only described as “pests” when they decide to invade our yards and homes in numbers that make us uncomfortable. Common species of spiders living in our area of Georgia include the brown recluse spider, the black widow spider, and the common house spider.

Are spiders dangerous?

Most spiders, like the common house spider, are harmless to people. While we don’t like them lurking in the corners of our home or seeing their webs wherever we turn, they don’t cause us any serious problems. Nuisance spiders possess venom, but it isn't strong enough to produce any adverse health effects in people, it is only strong enough to paralyze their prey.

There are, however, two species of spiders living in our area that are dangerous: the black widow and the brown recluse. Both have venom strong enough to affect the health of the person bitten. A bite from either species requires medical attention to treat the symptoms.

It is important to note that a bite from any species of spider usually occurs accidentally. Spiders hide out of sight, and when you unknowingly make contact with one, it'll bite to protect itself. 

Why do I have a spider problem?

If you are experiencing a problem with spiders in or around your home, it is most likely because you are having problems with other pests as well. Spiders, like other pests, live where there is easy access to food. Properties with lots of insect activity also tend to have lots of spider activity.

Where will I find spiders?

Where exactly spiders nest depends on their species. Most spiders prefer to live outside but will move indoors while following their food supply. Spiders often find their way into homes and outbuildings during the fall, after following prey that overwinters indoors.

  • Black widow spiders build their irregular-shaped webs at ground level. Outside, they rest and hunt their prey from under stones, shrubs, decks, woodpiles, and in outbuildings. Inside, they hide out in basements, attics, crawl spaces, and under furniture.

  • Brown recluse spiders also create irregularly shaped webs. Outside, they place their webs in rock piles, woodpiles, behind window shutters, and under fallen trees. Inside, they hide in low traffic areas like storage boxes, basements, crawl spaces, and the backs of closets.

  • House spider builds their tangled webs under roof eves, around windows, and in doorways. They like to make their webs near exterior lighting because light attracts many of the insects they feed on. Inside, they build webs in the upper corners of closets, basements, doorways, and the corners of windows.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Get rid of spiders from your home or business with the help of the professionals at Blitz! Exterminators, LLC. We are a local pest control company dedicated to keeping residential and commercial properties located in Central Georgia free of pests!

Our family is committed to keeping your family and home safe from spiders and other pests. We utilize advanced treatments and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to eliminate current pest problems, prevent future pest problems, and provide our customers with peace of mind! If you are ready to eliminate spiders and other pests from your Central Georgia property once and for all, call Blitz! Exterminators today.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Make your Georgia property less attractive to spiders by partnering with Blitz! Exterminators, and put into place the following prevention tips:

  • Use caulk to seal up any cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors and repair damaged screens.

  • Place mesh covers over vents leading into your home.

  • Repair any holes along the roofline as well as any roof damage.

  • Cut back shrubs or bushes from the exterior of your house.

  • Eliminate any standing water from your property.

  • Keep outdoor lights that attract insects to your home’s exterior off as much as possible.

  • Replace white outdoor lights with LED or yellow light bulbs that are less attractive to insects.


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