As Lexington, South Carolina homeowners, we often think that our town deserves more credit. When we go out of state and say, "I'm from Lexington," people typically assume Kentucky. What they don't know is that our enjoyable suburb of Columbia is the best of both worlds. It's a little bit upscale and a little bit down-home. It's a little bit of city life and a little bit backwoods. It's about 15 minutes from downtown Columbia, but you can also be in the middle of a state forest in 10 minutes.
What you might not mention to anyone you're bragging to, though, is about the bugs in our hometown. Yes, the perfect blend of city, country, and Southeast humidity is the ideal climate for bugs as well, especially spiders. We don't always get caught up in keeping them out, but there might be an easier way to keep our homes pest-free.
South Carolina homeowners typically deal with six kinds of spiders, four of which are thought of as nuisance pests rather than health threats:
- Jumping spiders are usually brown or gray with stocky, thick bodies and, of course, long-distance jumping capabilities.
- Common house spiders are generally a yellow-brown color. These small spiders are set apart by the chevron pattern on their backs.
- Long-bodied cellar spiders frequent basements, cellars, and crawl spaces. These pests have a skinny body and very long legs. They'll make lots of webs in the corners of houses in dark, damp areas.
- Wolf spiders are a dark brown color. These pests have two black lines running vertically along their backs. They are also very hairy and, rather than building webs, will run quickly to capture their prey. If you spot these spiders in your house, it's not much cause for alarm, aside from the fact that webs can be frustrating and unsightly. However, there are still two spiders on our list, and you don't want these in your house.
- Brown recluse spiders are small brown spiders that are often confused with wolf spiders. However, the black violin shape on their backs is the give-away. A brown recluse bite almost always requires medical attention as it will typically eat away at the flesh a considerable amount.
- Black widow spiders are small, black, and round, these spiders are famous for the dark red hourglass shape on their abdomen. Their venom usually necessitates medical attention because untreated black widow bites often damage the nervous system and can lead to trouble breathing and dizziness.
In order to prevent both dangerous and nuisance spiders from inhabiting your property, you need to think about limiting their food sources, which, for the most part, are other pests. General pest control practices include properly storing your food and trash, regularly cleaning (especially the kitchen), and limiting moisture issues around the property. Most pests prefer damp environments, so check for leaking pipes under your sinks and in your basement. For spider prevention specifically, you should consider the following practices:
Proper wood storage (sealed and away from the house)
Identifying and addressing possible entry points like windows and under doors
Making sure all screens are secured and uncompromised
While these are a great place to start, it can be very difficult to keep pests and spiders out of your house on your own. And once they get in, it's even harder to get rid of them. For guaranteed results, the best method is to enlist a professional pest control service. Contact Lamp's Pest Solutions for more advice or assistance.