What are spiders?

Spiders are a type of arachnid and are closely related to mites, ticks, and scorpions. All spiders have two body regions (cephalothorax and abdomen), eight legs, and fangs (chelicerae). They are also all wingless. Spiders come in a wide range of colors and sizes, and feed on many nuisance insects, keeping their populations in check. Spiders are considered beneficial predators, but can also cause a variety of problems for people.

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Some of the common species of spiders that people come across in Hattiesburg and Laurel, Mississippi include wolf, jumping, black widow, and brown recluse spiders.

Wolf spiders
Wolf spiders are usually brown, grey, black, or tan, with dark stripes. Wolf spiders are large with stout bodies and long legs that are covered in hair. They do not build webs. Instead, they run after and violently "hunt" down their prey. Wolf spiders have excellent night vision and primarily hunt in the dark.

Jumping spiders
Jumping spiders are usually black, tan, brown, or gray in color, and they have white markings on their bodies and legs. Their bodies are compact and they have eight short, powerful legs that allow them to jump twenty-five times their own size. All jumping spiders have four pairs of eyes.

Black widow spiders
Black widow spiders are recognized by the orangish-red hourglass mark on the underside of their abdomen. These spiders also have light red or white markings on their abdomen and backs. Their round bodies are black in color and shiny. Black widow spiders prefer to nest near the ground.

Brown recluse spiders
Brown recluse spiders range in color from a yellowish-gray to dark black and their abdomen is covered in gray hairs. Their long legs are darker in color than their bodies. They have violin-like patterns on the top of their bodies and three pairs of eyes that are arranged in a semi-circle.

Are spiders dangerous?

Most spiders that find their way into homes and that people come into contact with are not dangerous. While all spiders possess venom, most spiders do not have venom that is strong enough to cause significant health problems in people. Wolf spiders and jumping spiders are both examples of nuisance spiders. However, there are dangerous species of spiders living in Mississippi that people need to be aware of and protect themselves from, such as black widow and brown recluse spiders. Their venom is strong enough to trigger health problems. If bitten by a black widow or brown recluse spider, medical treatment should be sought.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders have the potential to make themselves at home on any property as long as it provides them with easy access for food, water, and shelter sources. Common things that are found on residential properties that can attract spiders include clogged rain gutters, bird baths, gardens, heavy vegetation, tall grass, and piles of leaves and other debris. Once spiders are living on your property it is only a matter of time before they find their way into your home, garage, or other outbuildings, typically following their food sources (insects). They may also move inside when the weather outside becomes unsuitable for them to live comfortably.

Where will I find spiders?

Outside, spiders hide or create their webs or burrows in a variety of locations, such as in gardens, rock piles, wood piles, underneath debris, in shrubs and bushes, in holes in the ground, or in outbuildings. Inside, spiders hide in dark, quiet, secluded areas. Typical spider hiding spots include in the corners of rooms, closets, basements, crawlspaces, attics, wall voids, underneath furniture, in storage boxes, or underneath bedding.

How do I get rid of spiders?

To eliminate spiders from your home and property and prevent a re-infestation, partner with an experienced professional. At Holifield Pest Management, our certified and licensed professionals can provide the comprehensive services needed to find and eliminate all the spiders living in your home or commercial property and prevent their return. For all of your residential or commercial pest control needs call the full-service pest control experts at Holifield Pest Management. We serve Laurel and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and surrounding areas. To learn more about our spider control services or to receive a free estimate, reach out to us!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Listed below are some preventative steps you can take to help prevent spiders from taking over your Jones County, Mississippi home or commercial property:

  • Remove piles of wood, fallen trees, and other debris from your property.

  • Seal gaps or cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Eliminate water sources from around your yard.

  • Replace torn window or door screens.

  • Place caps on chimneys and mesh screens over all vents.

  • Trim tree branches and bushes away from the exterior of your home.

  • Make sure weather stripping is placed around all exterior windows and doors.


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