Elimination requires a combination of thorough vacuuming, and the use of sticky traps in all the areas they have been seen. Use a large number of traps, and move them if you have not caught anything after about a week. Use a liquid spray directly on the individual spiders that are seen. Spraying surfaces or baseboards to try to eliminate these spiders is typically not effective.
Prevention strategies include vacuum cleaning in areas where¬†these spiders may occur, and reducing the amount of clutter that can provide them harborage. Wear gloves and long-sleeve shirts and pants when working or moving boxes or clothing in basements, sheds, and barns.
Spiders are found on every continent, except Antarctica, and can live in almost any habitat. As of 2015, there are 45,700 known species of spiders.1 If you have arachnophobia, a fear of spiders, these stats might make you shudder, but spiders are actually misunderstood in many ways. You still don’t want them in your home, but spiders in your garden can do a world of good. This Ultimate Guide to spiders will walk you through the benefits and dangers of spiders and teach you how to prevent and control them using effective products. Spiders are arachnids and are closely related to scorpions, mites, and ticks. They have eight legs, 2 body segments with jointed limbs, and most have four pairs of eyes. Spiders came on the scene 300 million years ago and still flourish today because of their many adaptations. Spiders developed spinnerets that release silk to make webs. Most species of spiders capture their prey by using these sticky webs, but others are active hunters and chase down their prey. Spiders eat mostly insects, but some very large species may also eat birds or lizards.
Identification: These spiders are yellowish-brown with a long abdomen. They are approximately 2.5 cm long with the legs included. Habitat: In homes they are found in high corners, closets, basements, and garages. Other: Common house spiders are particularly attracted to lights where insects are present.
American house spider by Judy Gallagher