I am sure you are now aware that there are a variety of little critters who want to spend this next cold winter in the coziness of your home. I guess I don’t blame them; I am very happy being a Lupini living in a nice warm comfortable home. The purpose in my writing this 6 part series is to make sure this wintering nuisance group of household pests is avoided entirely, or at least kept down to a minimum. If this is your first “dog-blog” read; I am Hunter, Loyal Termite and Pest Control’s exclusive K-9 Termite Detective. That’s me in the center of my “Magna Bark Loudly”, first in class, graduation shield. Anyway, to end this series I will cover the bug that is most frequently found in everyone’s home; the House Spider.

You may see house spiders all year round; however, they are also not very comfortable in the cold outdoors, and would much rather be in the comfy warmth of inside. This means if spiders are allowed to have an easy access into your home, the numbers and variety will definitely increase over the winter. There are several spider types that thrive in our region. I will name a few you may, or may not, be familiar with. In any case, if you have a better understanding of the spider types, you will know what you are dealing with and how to respond.

Two of the more dangerous spiders, because of their bite, are the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. In my blog library; blogs #19 and #22 respectively, are committed to these two spider types. You may want to check these blogs out in my Hunter’s Blog, What’s Buggin’ You? section of our website, www.loyalpest.com.

The typical House Spider, so named, is responsible for most of the cobwebs seen inside buildings. Flying insects make up most of their diet, so these spiders are most common around windows and doorways. The common House Spider does not pose a threat with their bite.
The Wolf Spider is the largest spider that lives and thrives in our region. This spider poses no real danger to humans, however, they are so scary looking, people usually back off of them completely when one pops up.

The Hobo spider is another common household spider. They are up to ¾-inch in length and have a leg span measuring more than one and a half inches. The Hobo spider has a bite that may develop into an ulcerating wound. If you ever perceive that you have been bitten by a spider you should consult a physician for treatment.

If you should discover that you have an infestation of any of these regional spiders, you should call a professional. The term I like to use when in need of a professional is, Who ya’ gonna’ call? Call Loyal!! One more time, Who ya’ gonna’ Call? Call Loyal!!

I have provided a very thorough punch list of what you should do to protect yourself and your family against these unwanted winter critter “Snow-birds”. You can find that in the first blog in this series. You should at a minimum:

  • Remove heavy, ground covering vegetation near the building.
  • Seal cracks and holes in the building’s exterior.
  • Seal holes around pipes indoors to prevent spiders from entering the living spaces of the home from basements and crawl spaces by following plumbing lines.

Thank you for joining me once again for a stroll through my blog page, What’s Buggin’ You? If you have any questions, be sure to give us a call, go to our website, or contact us on social media.

Until next time, this is Hunter; Loyal Termite and Pest Control’s K-9 Termite Detective, and “dog-blog” writer wishing you a happy and prosperous week. I’ll bark at you later! Ruff! Ruff!

Fall Season Means Unwanted Critter Guests – Part #6 (House Spiders) in Virginia

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