Throughout the world tens of thousands of spider species have been identified. They all have 8 legs and 2 body segments. While spiders have 3 to 4 sets of eyes, many have very poor vision. However, some species have exceptional vision.
Spiders don’t have conventional mouths. Since the gut of the spider is too small to allow for consumption of large food particles, spiders have a different method of ingesting food. They have “fangs” that pierce the prey and inject their saliva, which contains a digestive enzyme that breaks the prey down, before consuming it. When they are finished, all that remains is an empty carcass. Nearly all species of spiders are predators, although one plant-feeding species has been documented.
Spiders produce silk that is used for building their webs. It also has other uses, such as transportation, sacks for their eggs and dwelling linings. The silk is elastic, adhesive and strong. The shape and size of spiders webs vary based on species. They may be orb-shaped, funnel-shaped, orderly or haphazard. Not all species of spiders live in webs. Some make their nests in burrows, while others are free-ranging and take refuge in crevices.
Some species of spiders look for moisture, so are found in damp areas such as basements and crawl spaces. Others prefer dry, warm areas air vents or attics.
They gain access to the dwelling through open, poorly screened windows and doors, and through gaps around windows and doors. They will come in through virtually any opening. As with most animals, their main job is finding food, so they are always on the hunt.
Eliminate All Moisture Problems
- No leaking faucets or drains
- Divert water from around foundation
- Remove all standing water
- Seal entry points around water utility pipes
Maintain All Windows
- Maintain all windows and doors
- Patch/plug any outside cracks
Species of Spiders
- Black Widow Spiders
- Brown Recluse Spiders
- Crab Spiders
- Cellar Spiders
- Daddy Long Legs/Harvestmen
- Garden Spiders
- Ground Spiders
- Funnel Web Spiders
- Hobo Spiders
- House Spiders
- Spinybacked Orb Weaver Spiders
- Wolf Spiders
- Jumping Spiders