Now more than ever we seem to find so many cobwebs. We’re not just talking about Halloween decorations! How often have you come across spider webs, or found them in places you know you’ve recently cleaned? If you have an infested home, they could be throughout the place! Did you know that spiders spin more webs than they need? They will spin those silken, thread structures until they find the best spot to catch their prey!

Spider webs are spun and used as a tracking mechanism.

They are funnel-shaped with the narrow end serving as a den for the spider. Should anything make any contact with this web, the spider knows this through the vibrations from just one strand. It is a signal that their prey is present. Be it an insect, larger spiders, scorpions, rodents, or even reptiles…dinner time has arrived!

Arachnids common to our homes are referred to as American House Spiders. The females are larger than the males being 5 to 8 mm in length. The males are generally 4mm long. Their bodies are divided into two parts, the cephalothorax and the abdomen, which is gray marked with white. Spiders are usually brown or gray with darker markings along the body. They have 8 legs that are brown and darkly banded and have 8 single lens eyes.

Females can live over a year. They will lay 250 eggs in a brownish sac of silk.

These girls will have 17 sacs in a lifetime and that means the possibility of 4,000 eggs! As they grow, they go through stages called instars. The males have 6. The females have 7. After their first instar which occurs within the egg, they hitch a ride of a silken thread, moving on air currents. It’s called ballooning. This enables them to populate habitats far from their original home.

They rarely bite. The natural act of putting on your jacket or shoes could be perceived as a threat to them. Ouch! You might want to use your hand to inspect those shoes by touch, removing anything you feel before stepping out in them. Their bites aren’t medically threatening, but should you experience any swelling, lesions, or headaches, call your doctor without hesitation.

Spiders are one of the most common insects found in Michigan. They are constantly looking for prey and will enter your home or business without hesitation. If you think you have a spider infestation in your home or business, call in the professionals. Hi-Tech Pest Control Services has over 30 years experience and uses the latest equipment and methods to eliminate pests. Call Hi-Tech Pest Control Services today for a free inspection!

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