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What Are Spiders?

Known for their eight legs and many eyes, spiders are pests that most people can quickly identify. Other physical features of a spider include two body sections, chewing mouthparts, and lack of antennae and wings. Additionally, all spiders produce silk, but not all build webs. They also all have venom, some with venom strong enough to cause health problems in people. Spiders are a year-round problem, and one that most homeowners have had to deal with at one time or another. In our area, the black widow and brown recluse are two species that people need to be wary around.


Are spiders dangerous?

Some spiders are dangerous, while others are more of a nuisance. Nuisance spiders typically don’t become an annoyance for people until they invade our homes. While they have venom, it is not strong enough to trigger health problems. Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders are dangerous spiders and need to be kept out of yards and our homes. Their venom is potent and will cause health problems in the people they bite.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are predators, and feed on a variety of insects and other spiders. They help to control populations of nuisance insects in our yards and gardens. Therefore, it only fits that properties with a lot of vegetation and insect activity also have a lot of spider activity. While spiders do prefer the outdoors, when the outside doesn’t provide them with ample prey, they’ll move inside. Spider activity inside of your home may seem to increase in the fall when spiders follow overwintering insects indoors.

Where will I find spiders?

Where spiders decide to hang out often depends on whether they build webs or not. Web-building spiders build their webs both at ground level or above ground level. Burrowing spiders do not build webs and are usually only at ground level.


Most spiders prefer to stay out of the limelight and hide in quiet, dark areas. Inside, spiders live in crawlspaces, attics, wall voids, closets, under furniture, and underneath sinks. Outside, spiders hide within the landscaping in tall grass, woodpiles, between rocks, and garden areas.

How do I get rid of spiders?

The task of eliminating spiders from your Tennessee property should be left to a professional. At Colonial Pest Control, we have 50 years of combined pest control experience. We know pests and how to eliminate them from properties once and for all!


We guarantee our results and take pride in treating our customers like family. We are a local company that is dedicated to using only the most efficient, cutting-edge services possible. If you are looking for exceptional pest solutions for your Knoxville area home or business, contact the pest professionals here at Colonial Pest Control today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

In addition to our professional pest control services, take the time necessary to implement these easy-to-execute prevention tips:


  • Clear things off of your property that spiders could hide in overgrown shrubbery, leaf piles, and landscaping plants.
  • Keep grass cut short.
  • Place garden areas a distance away from the outside of your home.
  • Keep lids on trash cans to keep away foraging insects that attract spiders.
  • Get rid of water sources by filling in low-lying areas, store containers that collect water upside down, and keep gutters clear.
  • Inspect the exterior of your home, sealing any spaces in the foundation or exterior walls.
  • Place covers over vents, drains, and chimney openings.
  • For long-term protection against dangerous black widow and brown recluse spiders, contact the professionals at Colonial Pest Control.