Like the hapless insects unlucky enough to be caught in their webs, spiders can make Alabama home and business owners feel helpless—even downright terrified. We all know spiders do their part to control the populations of many other troublesome pests. The arachnids help to keep the numbers of mosquitoes, earwigs, and many others in check. Regardless, their presence is almost always an unwelcome sight in your home, beloved outdoor spaces, or place of business.
An invasion of spiders is, unfortunately, an inevitability at some point. These pests sojourn indoors to search for food when heavy rains come, though they also find their way in during drought conditions when water is scarce. In any case, spiders will find cause to come calling. It may seem like there’s just no winning, but APS is here to help. Keep reading to learn what to look out for when it comes to Alabama’s spiders and how we can keep all eight of those legs far away from you and yours.
Undeniably, Alabama is nothing short of an all-you-can-eat buffet for spiders. Nearly 900 known species call the state home. In addition to plentiful food sources, spiders find our reliably warm climate welcoming. Due to those inviting temperatures, the vast majority of spider populations persist year-round in Alabama, with few seasonal exceptions. Further, the state’s location in the deep south allows for the proliferation of unique warm climate spiders, like the Southern house spider. Our area also plays host to spiders found throughout the continental U.S., like the common house spider and the triangulate house spider. Of the multitude of these pests found here, there are two categories you ought to get familiar with—orb weavers and jumping spiders. Orb weavers are spiders that tend to be larger and more vibrantly colored and patterned. In contrast, jumping spiders appear more mundane; they’re generally smaller and harder to identify. Within the category of jumping spiders are the genera Habronattus and Phidippus, which make up roughly half of all spiders in the United States. For the purpose of identifying any spider on your property that might cause concern, don’t rule anything out based on your region. From Huntsville to Montgomery to Mobile, there’s little regional variance in spider distribution across the length of the state.
Next, let’s discuss the dangers spiders pose to Alabama residents. Despite their obvious ick-factor, the vast majority of Alabama’s spiders are relatively harmless, albeit a nuisance. Only a tiny fraction are venomous, and of those, only a small number pose any threat to people. As you’d expect from their large share of the population, the state’s nonvenomous spiders vary widely from tarantulas to wolf spiders. Bites from non-venomous species often result in little more than a welp similar to a mosquito bite. At the same time, though, some of the U.S.’s most infamous venomous species also call Alabama home. The brown recluse, for instance, is one such species that should always be left to professional exterminators. Brown recluse bites can cause infection-prone lesions if left untreated. The black widow, however, is far and away the most notorious of Alabama’s venomous spiders. Its bite can contain enough venom to cause erratic muscle contractions, nausea, difficulty breathing, and in extreme cases, death. Both of these spiders are found in dark, out-of-the-way hiding places. Again, home and business owners should take the utmost precaution around these species and always leave any solutions to trained pros like ours at APS.
Finally, now that you’re familiar with some of Alabama’s common spiders and the threats they pose, let’s discuss how APS’ experienced pest control teams can help. The first step is an inspection of your residential or commercial property followed by a free estimate from one of our experts. Next, we move on to treating your property’s interior and exterior with the highest grade pesticide solutions, taking care to keep your family and pets safe. Our Pest Plus plan even includes exterior cobweb removal to eliminate any trace of the pests’ presence. From Birmingham to Butler County and anywhere you may live in Alabama, APS is here to help you say so long to spiders.