Spider Removal Services

Spiders belong to a group of animals called “arachnids.”  All spiders are predatory eight-legged creatures. Depending on the type, some spiders like moisture and can be found in basements, crawl spaces and other damp parts in your home. Others like dry, warm and can be found in subfloor air vents, upper corners of rooms and attics.

Typically a spider will enter a home through open, poorly screened windows, doors or through cracks and gaps around door and window frames. Most of the time, spiders come inside your home looking for prey. The other common method of entry is accidentally being brought into your home because of them being inside a box or various other items you bring in from the outside.


Eight hairy legs, eight eyes, a painful venomous bite, and more than 3,000 species of them living in the United States, are all very good reasons why many people are afraid of spiders.

Though most spiders in the US, and the Philadelphia region, are not poisonous to humans unless the person is allergic, they are usually unwelcome guests. Our fear sometimes outweighs the benefits spiders have in combating other pest infestations like flies, ants, and grasshoppers.

Of course, there are times when there are too many spiders for comfort, and the infestation is often tough to eliminate. Such an example includes the years-long news reports of the Philadelphia SEPTA Market-Frankford train line at Spring Garden infested with hundreds of spiders. Daily newspapers have documented rider’s fearful complaints of spiders hanging from webs on platform light fixtures from as far back as 2007 until now.

Spiders are shy by nature and generally stay out of areas highly populated with people.  They also will not bite humans unless they feel threatened. Many bite incidences occur when the spider is trapped between a person’s skin and another barrier, such as bed sheets or clothing that prevents the spider’s escape to safety. Most spider’s fangs are not strong enough to pierce human skin deeply enough to do lethal harm.

But professional expertise is critical to the prevention and elimination of spider infestations. Prodigy Pest Solutions in Philadelphia has the knowledge and skill to keep you from tangling with spiders.

Three Spiders to Know:

 There are two main categories of spiders—web spinners and hunters. Some spiders spin webs that remain stable and ensnare their prey. These spiders generally have bad eyesight and depend upon scent and sound for the successful capture of their prey. Hunting spiders also called wandering spiders proactively look, chase and pounce on their prey.

The Parson, Wolf and Black Widow spiders are frequently seen indoors though they are outside dwellers and they are native to Pennsylvania. Should you encounter any of these, there are several distinctive features to identify each.


These spiders were named after the markings on their belly thought to look like the neckties or cravats of the 18th-century clergy.

Wolf Spider

These spiders are thick and hairy and easily mistaken for a tarantula. They are mostly found in grassy areas outside, shrubs, plants and under rocks. They travel close to the ground and only crawl into your house if they’re pursuing their prey. They are known as hunter spiders.

Black Widow Spider

These spiders are famous and received their name from the female’s propensity to kill the male after mating. They are the classic web spinners, using intricate web designs to capture prey. Many times, they will lay in wait above or below the web until an insect is entrapped in its web.  Both male and female spiders are black female is typically 1.5 inches in span compared to the 1-inch male. The male has red spots and the female is has a single red hourglass-shape spot on its stomach. If you are bitten by a black widow seek immediate medical attention.

Venom of Spiders

Though most spiders have venom, only a tiny fraction of them like the black widow and the brown recluse spider are poisonous to humans. The black widow spider is indigenous to Pennsylvania. The brown recluse is an inhabitant of the Midwest and it is highly uncommon to be anywhere in the Pennsylvania region. Typically, reported brown recluse spider bites have been misdiagnosed.

Spider venom works effectively on their insect prey, serving to incapacitate or kill them. However, when humans are bitten, the venom has little effect other than to irritate the skin.

Spider Bite Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

Spider bites are difficult to identify unless you saw the one that bit you. Symptoms of spider bites include pain, itching and redness at the site and the bites could be mistaken for another insect bite. Upon closer inspection, you may see two puncture wounds from the spider’s fangs.

According to the Mayo Medical Clinic, there are treatment steps that anyone bitten by a spider should take. First, use water and soap to cleanse the bite. Then apply a topical antibiotic salve to prevent infection, especially if a black widow or brown recluse may have bitten you. Also, you can use a cool compress to prevent or keep any swelling down. You should also elevate the bitten body part if it’s an arm or leg. Finally, take a mild over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen.

Preventing Infestations

Clean, dust and declutter. Spiders don’t eat people-food, but their prey probably does. Clean up spilled food and maintain proper food storage, as these sanitation issues are likely to attract the food that spiders do eat like ants and flies. Clean up can avoid creating a perpetual cycle of infestation.

Regular dusting and vacuuming also can keep spiders at bay. Some spidersregularly sweep away cobwebs is also critical.

Tend greenery. Spiders don’t settle in places that are regularly disturbed. Sweeping leaves, keeping your grass cut, and making sure your houseplants are not up against perimeter areas that have cracks in walls and windows will reduce places for spiders to wander and create webs.

Eliminate the prey. If you get rid of the pests spiders like to eat, they will leave or not come at all.  This integrated approach is most successful when done by professional exterminators.

Fill cracks.  Walls, floors, and windows with cracks are an invitation for both spiders and their prey to enter your property. These repairs are vital to keeping spiders from following prey indoors.

Benefits of Professional Service

Spider infestations often require an integrated approach. There are a variety of ways infestations can be successfully eliminated that preserve your peace of mind and keep the environment and your property safe. Call Prodigy Pest Solutions for the expert care you seek.


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Did You Know?

  • There are about 3,000 different kinds of spiders in the U.S.
  • Many spiders have poor vision.
  • All spiders produce silk but not all spiders spin webs. Some species of spiders use different strategies for obtaining food.
  • Spiders can’t chew or swallow.
  • The largest spiders are tarantulas.


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