How to Get Rid of Crab Spiders  

28 June 2024 · 2 min read

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Florida’s warm climate and diverse ecosystems make it a hotspot for various creatures, including crab spiders. Known for their crab-like appearance and ambush-hunting techniques, crab spiders are generally harmless and beneficial in controlling pest populations. However, not everyone appreciates their presence, especially when they start creating webs around pool cages and the front of your home. At Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control, we understand the desire for a spider-free home. This blog will guide you on how to effectively get rid of crab spiders and maintain a spider-free environment. 

Understanding Crab Spiders  

Crab spiders, belonging to the family Thomisidae, are named for their ability to walk sideways like crabs. They are often found in gardens, forests, and occasionally in homes. Despite their beneficial role in controlling insect populations, their webs can become an eyesore and nuisance when found in unwanted areas, leading to concerns about crab spider infestation. 

Recent Encounters with Crab Spiders 

Recently, we’ve noticed an increase in crab spider activity around pool cages and the front of homes. These outdoor spiders often create webs in these areas, leading to unsightly webs and occasional encounters that can be unsettling for some homeowners. 

Effective Methods to Get Rid of Crab Spiders 

If you prefer not to have crab spiders around your home, there are several effective methods to manage and reduce their presence: 

  • Remove Webs Regularly: The first step in controlling crab spiders is to remove their webs. Use a broom or brush to regularly clear away webs from pool cages, doorways, windows, and other areas where they might appear. Removing the webs disrupts their habitat, making it less likely for them to return and preventing a potential spider infestation. 
  • Maintain a Clean Surrounding: Keeping your home and surrounding areas clean and clutter-free can help deter crab spiders. Regularly trim bushes, remove debris, and keep your lawn well-maintained to reduce potential hiding spots for spiders and lower other insect populations that spiders feed on. 
  • Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for potential entry points and seal them to prevent spiders from entering. Use caulk to seal cracks in windows, doors, and foundations. Installing weather stripping can also help keep spiders and other pests from getting inside, reducing the risk of an infestation. 
  • Consider Professional Pest Control: For persistent spider problems, consider hiring a professional pest control service like Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control. Our team of experts can provide targeted treatments and ongoing maintenance to ensure your home remains spider-free. We use eco-friendly methods and prioritize your safety and comfort. Our lawn spray contains ingredients that kill spiders on contact. Typically, it takes about one to two treatments to see significant results, with the spider population declining noticeably thereafter. 

Preventing Spider Bites   

While crab spiders are not aggressive, spider bites can occasionally occur if they feel threatened. By following the methods above to reduce their presence, you also minimize the risk of encountering a spider bite. Always be cautious when handling outdoor spiders and avoid direct contact whenever possible. 

Spider-Free Home 

While crab spiders are generally harmless and beneficial, their presence can be unwelcome in certain areas around your home. By regularly removing webs, using lawn sprays, maintaining a clean environment, sealing entry points, and considering professional pest control services, you can effectively manage and reduce crab spider populations. 

At Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control, we are committed to helping you maintain a comfortable and pest-free home. Contact us today for more information on our spider control solutions and to schedule a consultation. Together, we can ensure a safer, spider-free environment for you and your family. 

References

https://www.spiderjoe.com/thomisidae.html

https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/47866-Thomisidae

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