Why Are There So Many Spiders In My Elk Grove Home?

Black Widow Spider in its web.

Arachnophobia, or fear of spiders and arachnids, is one of the most common phobias in the United States. It's an understandable concern, especially with how the media has portrayed them. Even without their tainted reputation created by cinema, it's so difficult to tell which ones are deadly, we've all developed the standard precaution encompassing the entirety of this species. If you've discovered an overwhelming population of spiders in your Elk Grove home, whether they're venomous or harmless, it's not surprising if you're finding it difficult to relax.

Common Elk Grove Spiders

There are over 45,000 different species of spiders worldwide, but thankfully there are only five commonly found species in the Elk Grove area. These species include:

  • Wolf Spiders: light brown with dark brown stripes, ¼ - 1 ½ inch long, harmless to humans
  • Cellar Spiders: pale brown, small bodies, long legs, ¼ - 2 inches long, harmless to humans
  • Orb Weaver Spiders: appearance varies, commonly identified by their intricate webs, 1/2-1 inch in size, harmless to humans
  • Yellow Sac Spiders: pale yellow, ¼ - 1/2 of an inch long, dangerous to humans
  • Black Widow Spiders: black with an often red-colored hourglass on the underside of their abdomens, ½ - 1 ½ inch long, dangerous to humans

Thankfully, the most common spider infestations within Elk Grove are nuisance infestations, though that's not always the case. Regardless of species, they'll often hide within the darkened crevices of a home such as cupboards, closets, basements and attics, and untouched storage boxes. Spiders are more often than not reclusive creatures, and they'll usually only attack if they're provoked or feel threatened.

Why Are There Spiders In My Elk Grove Home?

There are a few reasons that spiders have come to reside in your Elk Grove home. If you've recently transferred furniture or stored belongings into your home that have been sitting outside, in a barn or shed, or in a storage unit for an extended period of time, it's possible you've transferred a hitchhiker or two inside with them. Spiders may also seek drier or warmer habitations during cold and rainy seasons.

The biggest reason, though, is that they've likely found an abundance of food within your home. Spider infestations are a huge indicator of an underlying pest problem. Spiders seek out homes that provide ample food sources, and if you've noticed a concerning number of creepy crawlies lurking within the darkened corners of your home, you may want to start looking for any other signs of pest infestations.

How Do I Prevent A Spider Infestation?

A lot of spider prevention is geared toward general pest prevention since pest infestations are the number one cause of spider invasions.
Prevention Tips:

  • Always check stored furniture and boxed items before bringing them into your home
  • Seal up cracks and holes in the foundation
  • Fix any leaks in pipes or rooftop; reduce moisture in moisture-producing rooms such as kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room
  • Repair gaps between utility pipes and wires
  • Properly clean counters and food preparation areas
  • Replace worn-down insulation around windows and outside-leading doors
  • Trim low-hanging branches, bushes, and gardens away from the exterior of your home
  • Remove wood, leaf, and mulch piles away from the exterior of your home

How Do I Get Rid Of Spiders In My Elk Grove Home?

If your Elk Grove home has been plagued with an overabundance of arachnids, dangerous or not, you shouldn't delay in contacting your local pest control company. At Pro Active Pest Control, we know that the safety of your loved ones is your biggest priority. Our highly-trained pest specialists use top-of-the-line, eco-friendly pest products, and procedures in every treatment, and our 100 percent satisfaction guarantee ensures our dedication to eradicating your problems. If you discover that your pest problem isn't resolved after we've treated your home, we continue to treat your property until the infestations are gone at no additional fee. Don't lose sleep over the safety of your home. Contact us today to start discussing your spider control options.