Spiders are bug-eating arachnids with a unique body shape: a cephalothorax and an abdomen. They have eight legs and no antennae or wings. Even though they’re usually shy, they often end up in homes, yards, and businesses. 

Common ones in our area include:

Black widow spider

Black Widow Spiders are most recognizable by the shiny black exterior and red hourglass on their backs, although only females have the signature hourglass. Males are usually brown or black with no hourglass marking, sometimes with red or white spots. They have strong venom that can cause health problems, but bites are rare and usually accidental, similar to brown recluse spiders.

Brown recluse spider

Brown recluse spiders are brown and have three pairs of eyes in a semi-circle pattern and a violin-shaped mark on their bodies. They have strong venom, but they usually don’t attack people. Bites are rare.

Jumping spider

Jumping spiders can be black, brown, gray, or tan in color, with pale or white markings on their bodies and legs. They have eight short, powerful legs that allow them to jump a distance up to 25 times their own height. Jumping spiders are excellent hunters and tend to be most active on bright, sunny days.

Wolf spider

Wolf spiders are a large species with robust bodies and powerful legs that are covered in hair. They are dark brown with pale, yellowish markings. These spiders do not build webs; instead, they run after and chase down their prey.

Danger Level

Most spider species are considered to be merely a nuisance, but some can be dangerous pests. Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders both possess venom that is potent enough to cause health concerns in people. If you or a loved one are bitten by either of these dangerous spiders, medical attention should be sought immediately so the symptoms can be managed.

House spiders, jumping spiders, and wolf spiders are all considered nuisance pests and do not have venom strong enough to trigger reactions in people.

Spiders have 8 legs and two body segments showcased by this image.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders come into your home looking for food sources.  Additionally, they can get inside by hiding in objects that are brought into your house. Common examples of objects that could contain spiders include; firewood, plants, camping equipment, storage boxes, and toys coming in from the yard.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders usually hang out outside, but sometimes they end up indoors by accident, either while hunting or looking for a cozy spot to build a web. In winter, they might move inside with other bugs. Outdoors, you’ll find them in gardens, rocks, tall grass, and woodpiles. Once inside, they like quiet spots like attics, basements, closets, and crawl spaces.

How do I get rid of spiders?

To kick out spiders, it’s best to call a pest control company like Ponder Pest Control. They know what to do and have the right tools to get rid of the problem. They’re a local family-owned business, focused on giving excellent service and making sure they deal with the spiders in a way that fits your place. To learn more about our effective spider control services offered to home and business owners, contact Ponder Pest Control today!


In addition to our home and commercial pest control services, protect your property from pests with the following prevention tips:

Exterior Tips

  • Keep any exterior lights on your property turned off as much as possible.
  • Remove piles of excess debris from your property.
  • Replace torn door or window screens.
  • Keep the grass cut short.
  • Cut back overgrown vegetation.
  • Place weather stripping around all doors.
  • Seal entry points in the exterior walls, foundation, and roofline of your home or business

Interior Tips

  • Regularly remove spider webs from your home or business.
  • Keep storage areas neat and organized.
  • Regularly vacuum and dust your home or commercial property.

To learn more about our effective spider control services offered to your property, contact Ponder Pest Control today!