Should I Be Concerned About Spiders In My Bettendorf Home?

Yellow Sac Spider crawling on a red stem.

Spiders certainly have a way of giving people the creeps, so finding them in your Bettendorf home can be more than a little startling. Most common household spiders are pretty harmless to have around, but even harmless spiders around your home can be a warning sign of something worse. It's always important to know how to keep spiders out of your home, but if it's a little too late for prevention, you might need to know how to eliminate spiders as well.

How To Tell Which Spiders Are Infesting Your Bettendorf Home

All spiders have the same anatomical structure – eight legs, two body segments, fangs, and a pair of pedipalps (antennae-like appendages), but thankfully they also have unique attributes that help us identify between species. Bettendorf is home to a handful of common household spiders, though some of them are more common than others:

  • House spiders – 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch long, yellowish-brown with gray mottled patterns over its body and legs

  • Wolf spiders – up to two inches long, dark brown bodies with lighter brown and gray stripes

  • Cellar spiders – ¼ to 3/8 of an inch long, grayish-brown with long gangly legs

  • Yellow sac spiders – ¼ to 5/16 of an inch long, pale tan to yellow with a tinge of green

  • Brown recluse spiders – up to ½ of an inch long, light brown bodies with a darker fiddle-shaped marking behind their eyes

  • Black widow spiders – roughly 1 ½ inches long, glossy black coloring with a red, orange, or yellow hourglass on the underside of their abdomen

Why You Don't Want Spiders Hanging Around Your Bettendorf Home

There is only one small family branch of spiders that aren't venomous, and, unfortunately, none of the typical household spiders in Bettendorf are within that lineage. Yellow sac spiders, brown recluse spiders, and black widow spiders are the most dangerous spiders that infest homes in the United States, but infestations are pretty rare, and they only bite when they feel threatened. Still, these spiders create incredibly unsafe living situations and should never be tolerated in your home.

Spiders can also signify that you have an even worse pest infestation in your home, such as ants, termites, bed bugs, or cockroaches. When spiders voluntarily infest homes, it's usually because they've found an abundance of food, so you'll need to take some practical preventative steps to keep spiders and other unwanted pests out of your home:

  • Keep your lawn neat and tidy – mow regularly, rake up leaves and lawn clippings, remove branches and twigs

  • Store any firewood away from the entrance of your home

  • Always inspect any items that have been stored outside or in storage sheds before bringing them inside

  • Seal up any potential entryways around the exterior of your home, from foundation to roof

  • Replace worn-down weather stripping around doors and windows

  • Install tight-fitting lids to all indoor and outdoor trash cans

  • Clean up any food and drink messes immediately after they occur

  • Wipe down counters, dining areas, and food prep stations daily

  • Sweep, mop, and vacuum regularly

  • Remove any unnecessary clutter around your home

  • Keep pantry good and pet foods stored in airtight containers

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Spiders In Your Bettendorf Home

Harmless spiders can create just as many problems in your Bettendorf home as dangerous spiders, so you need an effective solution no matter the species. Spiders are also resistant to many pesticides, which means DIY extermination is mainly ineffective. The best way to eliminate spiders is with the help of a local pest control company, and Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators is always ready to help.

Our company has been helping Illinois and Iowa residents with their pest problems for nearly a century. With that much experience under your belt, you can be sure to receive the best treatments possible. We always use the best pest control products and technology available, we're thorough with our inspections and treatments, and we keep our prices affordable for any budget. So please get in contact with us today to schedule your first appointment.

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