How to Keep Spiders Out of Your Home

orb weaver spider hanging in a web
February 6, 2023

As the weather starts to warm up, spiders and other pests will be waking up from their winter hibernation in search of food and shelter. Here in Maryland, there are 29 varieties of spidersOnly 14 of them are considered to be dangerous. Certain spider bites are known to cause necrosis, which is the loss and death of skin cells. Spider bites generally cause swelling, pain, redness, and itching at the bite site. Luckily, most spiders that we encounter are harmless and keep to themselves. 

Common Spiders in Maryland

Here are some of the common, non-venomous spiders you may encounter in Maryland. 

Cobweb spiders: These spiders spin webs in dark corners of your house and pretty much stay there their entire lives. These spiders can act as insect traps and can actually be beneficial to your home. 

Funnel Weavers: Funnel weaving spiders look very intimidating. They make their webs in tight funnels of silk and have three distinct rows of eyes. They hide in their funnels which are usually along the ground or in tight spaces until unsuspecting prey walks by. 

Orb Weavers/Garden Spiders: Orb weavers are truly fascinating and also very intimidating spiders. They are scary because they are one of the biggest spiders you will encounter in your yard. But orb weavers are not aggressive. It can be very fascinating to watch them spin their web or catch prey.  

Are Spiders in Maryland Venomous?

There are some spiders in Maryland that you should be on the lookout for. Although spiders are not very aggressive creatures and tend to stick to themselves, they will defend themselves if threatened. Here are some of the most venomous spiders in Maryland.

The Black Widow:  Black widows are not aggressive, but they will attack to defend their web and eggs. The venom from a black widow bite is one of the most notorious in the world. The venom attacks your nervous system causing symptoms such as severe pain, burning, and swelling. Rare yet severe symptoms include difficulty breathing, stiff muscles, tremors, and fatigue can also occur. 

The Brown Recluse: The bite of the brown recluse can be one of the worst insect stings you will ever experience. The venom causes skin cells to die and decay in the area around the bite. This usually leads to infections that can cause even more health complications. 

How are Spiders Getting in My House?

Spiders are tiny creatures and can wiggle their little bodies through the tiniest crack or gap in your home. It’s best to inspect and repair any cracks in windows and doors and make sure your screens are in good shape. 

Check around windows and doors and caulk cracks and gaps on the exterior of your home. Inspect the foundation for cracks and check the roof for places spiders and other pests can gain entry. 

How to Keep Spiders Out of My Home

With proper vigilance combined with pest control, you can keep spiders from entering your home. The most effective method to prevent spiders and other pests from annoying you and your family is with perimeter pest control. Perimeter pest control is an application that is sprayed around the foundation of your home and acts as an invisible barrier against spiders. 

How to Get Rid of Spiders

Spiders are sneaky creatures and it is almost impossible to keep them out of your home. The best way to prevent them from coming in is by making your home inhospitable. That means making sure that other pests that they depend on for food, do not enter your home as well. This goes for flies, moths, and ants. There are also bug bombs you can purchase to fumigate your home, but they can be messy and dangerous.

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