Get Rid of Spiders in Your
While most Michigan spiders are harmless to humans, it can still be scary to see an eight-legged creature crawling around your home or building a web on your ceiling. Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, is the most common of all phobias, and for many people, the problem with spiders is simply their presence in the same living space.
As a natural and recurring part of our ecosystem, it’s impossible to eliminate spiders once and for all. But Creature Control has the most effective methods to exterminate spiders and prevent spiders from entering your home. Our professional pest control methods use targeted treatments to repel spiders and reduce their presence. We’ll help you identify problem areas or factors that might attract spiders so you can rest easier in your home. For effective arachnid and insect control measures, as well as other wildlife and rodent control services, contact Creature Control today!
Our Methods for Spider Control
Spiders are beneficial to have in homes for many reasons. They catch bothersome prey like ants, wasps, and mosquitoes in their webs, and larger spiders even manage population control for other types of spiders. Without them, many pest populations would increase unchecked. But when you need them out of your house and off your property, Creature Control can help with these methods:
Learn More About Spiders in Michigan
Spiders mate in the fall and will become more prevalent during the spring. Only when the weather warms up can they emerge from their egg sacs. They may build webs in high places, on the ground, or in cramped spaces.
The northern black widow is native to Michigan and can be found throughout the state, especially in the western lower peninsula. The black widow is small, only about a 1/2-inch long (1.5 inches including the legs). They are entirely black, except females usually have a bright red hourglass marking on the underside of their abdomen. Males lack this distinctive hourglass marking but may have red or yellow bands on their back or abdomen.
Black widows are common around woodpiles, roof eaves, outdoor toilets, meter boxes, and other undisturbed places. Take extra caution when working in areas where black widows may live; make sure to wear gloves and pay attention. Black widows are timid and prefer to flee an encounter rather than bite. If a black widow bites you, you should seek medical attention immediately. Their bites are quite painful and can cause acute latrodectism, a condition in which the spider’s venom quickly spreads throughout the body, causing agonizing muscle contractions in all major muscle groups, followed by severe cramping, vomiting, and sweating.
Though death is rare from a black widow bite, and though symptoms will usually dissipate within three days, medical treatment can considerably lessen the unpleasantness of the symptoms by use of muscle relaxers and antivenoms. Victims who are elderly, extremely young, or very ill are at higher risk for more serious complications.
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, there are only two species of venomous spiders found in Michigan: the brown recluse and the black widow. The brown recluse is not indigenous to Michigan and cannot live in temperatures colder than 40°F, so they are extremely rare. It is believed that they come in on trucks originating from the southern states. If you suspect you’ve seen a brown recluse, a spider exterminator from Creature Control can assess your spider situation and help you determine whether pest control treatment is warranted.