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Spider Identification & Prevention

What are spiders?

Spiders are predators, and so they prey and feed on a wide variety of insects, including those insects that can damage crops and are dangerous to people. All spiders have two body regions, chelicerae (fangs), venom glands, and eight legs. They come in a variety of sizes and colors, but all spiders lack antennae and wings. In general, spiders are shy and reclusive. Most spider bites are accidental and only occur when the spider feels trapped.

a yellow garden spider crawling on a web

Spiders are arachnids and play a critical role in the ecosystem, helping to control the populations of both damaging and dangerous insects living in Hawaii. In Honolulu, there are many species of spiders living all around us, including cane spiders and yellow garden spiders.

Are spiders dangerous?

There are only a few dangerous species of spiders living across the country and in Hawaii. Most of the spiders we come across daily are harmless to people. All spiders have venom that they use to paralyze their prey, but only those spiders described as dangerous have venom that is strong enough to cause health problems in people. In general, most spiders are just a nuisance to have in our yards and homes.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders live outside all around us, and our yards tend to make great habitats for a variety of them. Our yards provide them with plenty of shelter and access to ample food (insects). They often live close to homes and other structures, giving them easy access inside through small openings they find in exterior walls. They also move inside through open windows and doors.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders live outside in a variety of areas. The cane spider is a very large species of spider, about the diameter of a can of tuna! These spiders can be found in cane fields, as their name implies, while you’ll usually find yellow garden spiders in garden areas.

Most species of spiders live in gardens, grass, woodpiles, trees, and shrubbery. Our yards provide them with ample shelter and plenty of places to hunt their prey. Spiders live outside but move into homes, garages, sheds, and other structures while following their prey. They also sometimes move inside, seeking dark, quiet areas to lay their eggs.

How do I get rid of spiders?

If you have discovered spiders in your yard or home, the best way to get rid of them and prevent them from returning, is to reach out to Able Pest Management, LLC. Our team will come to your aid and develop a pest control program that is customized to meet the unique needs of your home and family.

Our highly trained and experienced professionals are passionate about eliminating pests through our proven treatment methods. If you are looking for exceptional pest control for your Honolulu home or business, reach out to Able Pest Management today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Keep spiders out of your Honolulu home and away from your family with the help of Able Pest Management and the following spider prevention tips:

  • Inspect your home’s exterior and repair any possible entry points.

  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors to seal gaps.

  • Repair or replace torn screens.

  • Remove woodpiles, rock piles, leaf piles, and fallen trees from your property where spiders can hide.

  • Keep your grass cut short.

  • Cut back overgrown vegetation away from your home’s exterior.

  • Keep outbuilding windows and doors closed whenever possible.

  • Limit hiding spots for spiders in your home by making sure storage areas are neat, organized, and free of clutter.

  • Remove spider webs from your home as soon as they appear.

 

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