Spiders are not a new pest. Some of them date back to prehistoric times. Fossilized spiders have been found dating back over 300 million years, and for almost all of human history, spiders have been featured in folklore and fables cross-culturally.

In some cultures, it is traditionally believed that spiders represent a healthy home, however, for us they often incite fear and panic. In actuality, spiders are actually beneficial pests. They are a natural predator for other pests that you might see. Although spiders are often blamed for all kinds of symptoms, from local itching to strange rashes, the fact is that spiders rarely bite humans, and in fact, most spider bites do not even break the skin.

Of the 40,000 species of spiders in the world, a mere fraction live here on the Eastern Shore. Fortunately, there is only one poisonous species on Delmarva, the Black Widow spider. Black widows are a very shy species of spider. Typically, if you avoid placing your hands where you can’t see, bites are unlikely. A bite from a black widow spider is never a good thing, but it can most severely affect children and elderly. Their venom affects its victim’s nervous system, resulting in mild pain at the bite site accompanied by nausea, dizziness, vomiting, etc. If caught early, Black Widow bites are very easy to treat.

Critter Getters is your answer for spider control at your home or business! The best way to ensure peace of mind when it comes to spiders, is to have regular treatments by our certified technicians. We have several options to suit your needs, and keep you pest free!

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