Spiders live in every state, and Hawaii is no exception. For residents of Honolulu, spider infestations are a common, or even expected occurrence. If you’re asking yourself how to get rid of spiders in your home, the first thing you need to do is identify which species you have. While most are harmless, venomous spiders should be handled by a professional.
What kind of spiders live in my home?
There are many kinds of spiders in Hawaii, roughly 205 species, according to the Maui Invasive Species Committee. Before you start trying to get rid of spiders in your home, first you should determine which species is infesting.
Thankfully, only a few spiders have harmful bites. Two such venomous species are the Black Widow and Brown Violin spider. They are dangerous and can enter homes. While they often avoid humans, their venom may cause serious health issues.
Other common species are:
- Cane spiders: large and flat-bodied
- Garden spiders: black and yellow
- Crab spiders: small and round with shorter legs
- False Funnel spiders: look similar to tarantulas
- Orb Weaver spiders: round bodies and long legs
Black widows create webs that look randomly created, not geometrical, like other species. They are black, and females have a red mark on their stomach that looks like an hourglass.
Brown violin spiders look similar to a brown recluse as they are closely related cousins, and they are just as dangerous. They have six eyes, long brown legs, and visibly segmented bodies.
When identifying the spider that has invaded your property, be careful. These arachnids can be dangerous.
Are spiders dangerous?
As mentioned, black widow and brown violin spiders are common and dangerous. They are non-native, but are now widespread throughout Hawaii, including Honolulu.
A black widow bite can cause chest or abdomen pain, as well as other painful symptoms, are medically known as latrodectism. Bites from brown violin spiders can also inflict serious symptoms, and these can cause a condition known as loxoscelism.
Because of this, it’s best to let a professional handle any removal for venomous spiders. Here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, we have the training and equipment necessary to deal with these dangerous creatures safely.
How to Prevent a Spider Infestation
Spiders are drawn to dark and secluded areas. In a home or business, that might include anywhere that has closets, cracks, clutter, or scattered debris, like boxes.
Keeping dark or concealed spaces clean and free of detritus can therefore be a strong preventative measure. It’s also a good idea to seal any cracks your home may have.
For outdoor environments like your yard, keep grass from growing long and avoid rubble build up as these are ideal for spiders.
How to Get Rid of Spiders
When deciding how to get rid of spiders in your home, determine if it’s a safe spider. If it’s non-venomous, removing it yourself is simple.
For a natural remedy, you can create a spider repellent by mixing peppermint oil with water to spray any area you see a spider. To remove a spider directly, you can also mix vinegar with water and spray the spider with the acid solution. There are also spider traps you can purchase to manage spider control. Some are glue-based, and the spider will stick to it. You could also buy a spray that will poison the spider on contact.
However, if you have even the smallest suspicion that the spider infestation could be black widows or the brown violin, it is essential to call Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions for professional pest control.
If you have a spider infestation in your Honolulu, HI home, contact us for inspection. Call us or use the contact form on this page to schedule an inspection!