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How to Get Rid of Spiders in Columbia, SC
The humid subtropical climate in Columbia with cool winters and humid summers make it an ideal location for some interesting creatures of the creepy-crawly type.
Some we love — like the synchronous fireflies found in only half a dozen places in the entire world. One of them, we are proud to say, is right outside Columbia, where spiders also prevail in Congaree National Park.
Soda City is home to other creatures we might be less enthusiastic about — like the over 600 species of spiders found in the area. Common species include Orb-weavers, Garden spiders, Cellar, Jumping spiders, Daddy-longlegs, Wolf, and House spiders.
4 Types of Poisonous Spiders in Columbia
Only four types of spiders present a threat to humans in Capital City.
Southern Black Widow
This is the classic “widow” spider most know, with the black, shiny body and the female having a red hourglass shape on the abdomen. Males have red spots on the abdomen. This spider’s venom causes symptoms such as muscle cramps, nausea, profuse perspiration, tremors, fever, labored breathing, and restlessness. You may feel pain, burning, and swelling and may even see fang marks at the site.
Northern Black Widow
The Northern Black Widow has a black body. Instead of the red hourglass, this species has two red blotches on its abdomen. Bites from a Black Widow usually occur because of accidental contact. Though painful, the vast majority of victims fully recover without significant lasting problems.
The Brown Widow
Brown Widow spiders are gray to brown with white and black markings on the top surface of their abdomens. The traditional hourglass-shaped marking under the abdomen is yellow to orange, and the legs have dark bands. While less likely to bite, the venom is as strong as the Southern Black Widow and causes the same reactions. You may feel pain, burning, and swelling and may even see fang marks at the site.
While rare, the Brown Recluse spider makes the list. This spider has a violin marking that can vary in intensity depending on the age of the spider (mature spiders typically have dark violin shapes). The violin shape points toward the spider’s abdomen. It is easy to misidentify a spider as a Brown Recluse, so the best way to identify it (if you want to get that close) is to look at the eyes, of which there are 6, not 8 like most spiders. The bite stings, and over a few hours will harden and develop a “bulls-eye” appearance. You may see fang marks at the center of the bite. Symptoms include itching, vomiting, fever, and nausea.
What to Do If You Get Bitten By a Spider
The Mayo Clinic recommends you seek immediate attention if you have been bitten by a Black or Brown Widow or Brown Recluse Spider. While most spider bites are not fatal, it is always best to be evaluated by a medical professional.
- Clean the area with mild soap and water.
- Apply antibiotic ointment.
- Apply a cold compress.
- Elevate the site of the bite.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication if needed.
- If the wound is itchy, an antihistamine may help.
- Save the specimen.
- Seek medical attention.
Spider Infestation Prevention in Columbia
Getting rid of spiders is never a one-time process. It requires regular sanitation and elimination of nesting sites. This includes both inside and outside your home to exterminate spiders, their egg sacs, and webbing.
- Get regular, professional pest control.
- Keep floors swept and mopped.
- Dust and vacuum carpet, corners, ledges, and furniture.
- Eliminate trash and clutter.
- Inspect firewood (and anything else stores outdoors) before bringing it into your home.
- Seal entry points.
Why Seek Professional Help to Get Rid of Spiders in Columbia?
Seeing an occasional spider or web isn’t necessarily a sign of an infestation, especially since Columbia is home to so many species.
However, seeing an influx of them could be. Since spiders often eat other pests such as bedbugs, moths, and cockroaches, having spiders can indicate other infestations that need to be addressed by a professional.
Spider Control isn’t Easy
Getting rid of spiders without the help of experts is difficult at best, if not impossible. This is because many of the DIY products found in the home improvement stores used to kill spiders are largely ineffective and unsafe.
The sprays mostly get them to vacate one area, only to move to another. Their hardy nature and swift proliferation make the ongoing and professional treatment necessary, and why a one-time extermination approach only worsens the problem.
Croach® offers a customized method for getting rid of spiders that includes:
- A professional inspection and tailored approach to treating your spider problem.
- Initial treatment to brush away spider webs and egg sacs from eaves and application of product to the base of your home outside, and inside as necessary.
- Glue boards are used to catch stragglers.
- Regular and ongoing treatment to keep spiders away.
Do you have questions about getting rid of spiders in Columbia? Call us at (855) 488-7378 or contact us for a free quote!
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