Kansas garages, attics, sheds, cellars, basements, and crawl spaces have one thing in common: spiders.
How did this spider get here?
It’s possible that the spider you saw in your garage this morning has been there since its birth. The spider’s mom may have put her egg sac in a quiet part of your home, and her kids have your rent-free tenants ever since. Spiders can also end up in homes and garages when looking for shelter in extreme weather. Other times, they moved in looking for a source of food or water.
Garages, cellars, and attics attract spiders because these spaces are often undisturbed and have insects to eat. Items that people often store in garages, such as seasonal decorations and clothing, are especially popular homes for spiders.
If you live in Kansas, you’re most likely to come across these three types of spiders:
- House spider: This brownish-yellow spider is the most likely to enter a home, hence the name. House spiders have dark stripes on their bodies and their legs. Fully grown house spiders are about 1⁄8th to 5⁄16th of an inch long. Female house spiders can lay 250 eggs at once and reproduce more than a dozen times in their lifetime.
House spiders like to live near their food, which is often why they end up in garages. A house spider invasion is often a sign that another pest has made a home of your home.
- Brown recluse: Black recluse spiders have a violin-shaped pattern on the top of their oblong abdomen, which is covered in gray hairs. Because of this pattern, brown recluse spiders are often called fiddleback spiders. Body colors range from dark brown to yellowish gray. They have three sets of eyes arranged in a semicircle. Adults can reach 1⁄8th to ½ of an inch in length.
Recluses look for undisturbed items to live in, so if you’re putting on your winter boots for the first time in a year, you might be in for an unpleasant discovery.
Brown recluse spiders have their name for a reason: They like to be left alone. If they feel threatened, they bite. A brown recluse bite injects a hemotoxic venom that causes a blister. This blister can turn black, become ulcerous, and take months to heal. If you think a brown recluse has bitten you, seek immediate medical attention.
- Black widow: Black widow spiders have shiny black bodies and a red, hourglass shape on their back. Some black widows have white or light red spots on the abdomen.
The venom from a black widow’s bite can be dangerous and even affect the human nervous system. As with a brown recluse, if a black widow bites you, seek medical attention immediately.
How can I keep spiders out of my garage?
Here are a few steps you can take to prevent spiders from entering your home:
- Seal any cracks in your home’s foundation. Spiders can sneak through these small gaps to get into your home.
- Tidy up your garage and any other storage areas. Clutter gives spiders more places to hide and build webs.
- Caulk around doors and windows, ensuring a tight seal and filling any small holes or gaps.
- Install door sweeps.
- Maintain the vegetation and bushes in your yard.
If spiders have made their way onto any part of your property, DIY spider removal methods probably won’t cut it. Schendel offers specialized spider control services that stomp out the spiders in your home for good. Contact us today to get started.