Are You Afraid Of Spiders?

Spiders have a reputation for being creepy crawly pest that many people are afraid of. In reality, of all the different spider species in Tennessee, only a couple are considered dangerous. Spiders generally live outdoors and they can be extremely beneficial by helping to reduce the insect population on your property. It is only when spiders decide to move from the outdoors into your home that they can become a nuisance or worse. Common spiders that have a tendency to infest homes are house spiders, the black widow spider, and the brown recluse spider. While common house spiders are harmless and cause no real threat, it’s the few venomous black widow and brown recluse that have given spiders a bad reputation. Controlling and eliminating spiders can be difficult. Spiders are shy and elusive, so it can be hard to find all the areas of your home and outbuildings where they hide. The best way to ensure your spider infestation is eliminated quickly and safely is to get help from All-American Pest Control.

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Spider Identification From The Old Hickory Pest Control Pros

The common house spider is a not considered to be dangerous or aggressive towards humans or pets. House spiders will generally only enter your home if there is an easy access point like gaps around windows or doors and cracks  in foundations. Once inside, they build nests in the corners of walls, under furniture, and in closets. They use these nests to catch and feed on other insects, such as flies and mosquitoes. House spiders build and abandon nests quite often, which can leave unsightly webs around your home. The black widow spider, on the other hand, is a venomous spider. Black widows are glossy black in color with a distinct reddish-orange hourglass shape on their belly. Females can grow up to 1 ½ inches with their legs fully extended. (Males are about half the size of females.) Black widow spiders prefer warm, dark, and enclosed areas, including: 

  • Closets

  • Underneath furniture

  • Basements

  • In garages and sheds

  • Around woodpiles

  • Along the perimeter of buildings

  • Crawl spaces

  • Air conditioning units

The black widow spider’s poison travels through the blood stream and affects their victim’s nervous system causing severe abdominal and back cramping, fever, tremors, and labored breathing. The elderly, young, and ill are affected more severely than others. However, anyone that has been bitten by a black widow should seek immediate medical attention.

House Spider And Black Widow Control

If you notice house spiders, black widow spiders, or any other common household pests in your home, call All-American Pest Control. Our spider control services are included in our home pest control program, which is designed to protect homes from over 47 pests common to Tennessee. Additionally, we offer environmentally-safe green pest control services for spiders and other pests that have a tendency to infest your home. We can help you get rid of spiders, other insects, or rodents in your home. contact us today.

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Brown Recluse - The Other Venomous Spider In TN

The other venomous species found in every Tennessee county is the brown recluse spider. They are tan to dark brown in color with a distinctive dark violin shape found behind their head. The brown recluse's body ranges from ¼ -1/2 of an inch in length. They also have three pairs of eyes that are arranged in a unique semi-circle on their head.

Brown recluse spiders prefer undisturbed areas of your home like attics, basements, cupboards, crawl spaces, and under furniture. Their elusive nature makes them difficult to locate and eliminate. They are not aggressive and only bite when startled or threatened. The brown recluse’s poison can cause necrosis to the skin that can lead to infection and ulceration of the area. Those with a compromised immune system may experience symptoms throughout their whole body. As with the black widow spider, if you are bitten by a brown recluse, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Brown Recluse Spider Control

If you experience a brown recluse  infestation, All-American can help. We offer a control program specific to brown recluse spiders. As their name suggests, this spider’s reclusive nature makes it extremely difficult to control, so treatment methods must be tailored to each home’s unique pest problem. Our brown recluse spider control program starts with an inspection and evaluation of your home and property and includes:A thorough treatment of the crawlspace and/or basement areas

  • Interior application at the base of closets, around furniture, behind bed frames and other spider resting spots

  • Treatments to wall voids and other inaccessible areas

  • Treatment to attics

  • Exterior application to perimeter and cracks and crevices

  • Exterior spider web removal

Contact us today for more information on managing your brown recluse spider problem

Spider Prevention Tips

There are several steps you can take to help prevent spiders and other pests from entering your home:

  •  Trim trees and bushes away from your home. Spiders use branches to gain access to your dwelling.

  • Repair or replace any screens with holes or rips.

  • Caulk gaps around windows and doors.

  • Seal any cracks in your foundation.

  • Secure out-buildings. Do not leave doors or windows open for long periods of time.

  • Hire a pest control professional to control other insects (i.e. their food source) inside your home.

Over Fifty Years of Quality Pest Control 

All-American Pest Control is a local, family-owned company that has served residents and business owners throughout Middle Tennessee since 1961.

We proudly live and work in the area we serve, which means we truly understand the pest problems our customers face every day. Reliability, teamwork and respect are core values that our employees believe and apply to every service we provide.  In addition to residential pest control and spider control, we also offer:

  • Termite control

  • Bed bug elimination

  • Fire ant reduction

  • Mosquito reduction services

  • Mole control

  • Tick and flea yard treatments

  • And more

We also offer services for business customers, including facility and property managers, realtors, builders, hotel and lodging managers, multi-family housing managers, and warehouse managers.

Our commercial pest services include:

  • Pest control

  • Termite protection

  • Bed bug control including bed bug heat treatments

  • Mold control

  • And more.

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