Spider Exterminators Near Milwaukee
Eliminate Spider Infestations in Your Home
Spider infestations are extremely common in Wisconsin, especially during winter. As the colder months approach, spiders seek refuge in warm, dark places. They often hide in basements, HVAC ductwork, closets and even bed sheets. When warmer weather returns, spiders become more active, venturing out into living spaces and the outdoors in search of food.
Using bug spray is fine if you’re dealing with an occasional spider or two, but it’s no way to deal with a spider infestation. Ehlers Pest Management’s experienced exterminators will identify the type of spider infestation you have and use proven pest control methods for removal—including pet-friendly pest control formulas and the identification of entry points for spiders. Serving not only the greater Milwaukee area and its suburbs, we also provide spider control in Racine and Kenosha.
Signs You May Have a Spider Infestation
- Spiderwebs everywhere – A couple of spiderwebs can be common in most homes, but seeing webs in every nook and cranny of your house may indicate a more pervasive problem.
- Egg sacs – A sure sign of an infestation is seeing egg sacs hanging from webs and crevices, which indicate spiders are reproducing.
- Seeing the spiders – Spiders often like to hide in areas like closets and attics, but some might hide where it’s damp, like basements and bathrooms.
Milwaukee Spider Identification
The black widow spider is glossy black, or dark to light brown, measuring up to ¾ inch with an abdomen 3/8 inch in diameter. Black widow spiders can be identified by asymmetrical, scaffold-type webs. The webs are typically found in areas offering protection, like piles of boxes, boards, and firewood. Intense cramping and body pain are common symptoms of a black widow spider bite.
The brown recluse spider is dark or light brown, with a 5/8 inch body length. It is identifiable by the violin shape behind the head. Brown recluse spiders construct webs in suitable indoor corners or out where activity is minimal and food is plentiful. They are typically found in basements, crawl spaces, and garages. The brown recluse spider bite is very harmful, causing open sores.
The cellar spider is cream-colored, with a very thin shape measuring up to ¾ inch long. Cellar spiders are identifiable by the huge, tangled webs. The webs are commonly found in dark areas like basements, sheds, crawl spaces, garages, and warehouses.
Daddy longlegs belong to a group of arachnids known as harvestmen. They appear to have a one-piece oval body. Most daddy longlegs are varying shades of brown and feed on insects and plants near outdoor lights.
The domestic house spider is brownish gray with numerous multi-colored markings, with bulbous bodies measuring up to one inch. Domestic house spiders prefer to spin webs near holes and cracks that offer ideal locations for the funnel hideout. The webs are commonly found in outdoor vegetation, crawl spaces, garages, and basements.
The garden spider is black and yellow, measuring up to 1.5 inches. They are identifiable by the enormous, flat sphere-shaped webs they spin across along the flight paths of insects posing as potential food. The webs are commonly found in fields, forests, and yards.
The ground spider is typically brown, occasionally dusted in orange or red markings, and usually less than ½ inch in length. Ground spiders are non-web-spinning hunting spiders preferring to chase prey on foot. They can be found dashing down baseboards and hiding under appliances and furniture.
The jumping spider has earth-tone coloration and is one of the fastest moving spider species, capable of jumping 25 times their own size. Indoors, jumping spiders live near insects in planters, wall cavities, and window sills.
The orb weaver is vibrantly colored with red and black markings on a white abdomen, usually less than a ½ inch long. Orb weavers are named after and identifiable by the orb-shaped webs they weave in trees and shrubs, windows, soffits, and other building crevices and their colorful appearance.
Wolf spiders are hairy with dull coloring, measuring up to 1.5 inches long. They nest in piles of clutter and mulch, under decks, porches, and baseboards and near entry points like door and window frames.
Yellow-sac spiders are pale, yellowish-green, measuring about ¼ inch in length. The yellow-sac spider is one of the most prolific spider biters in the United States. The bite is non-severe, leaving a reddened area between one to several inches round with a white pustule.
For more identification tips, check out our pest identifcation guide.
Effective, No-Nonsense Pest Control For Spiders
With Ehlers Pest Management, you’ll receive custom solutions to your exact situation for removing pests such as spiders. While other pest control companies promise a “cheap solution,” we often find their methods are only temporary. Our staff is paid well and only focused on taking the time needed to fully exterminate the spiders you’re dealing with. Your pest problem is our priority, and we’ll never sell you programs you don’t need. At Ehlers, there are no gimmicks, just honest pest control.