large orb weaver spider in knoxville

How To Identify Orb Weaver Spiders

Orb weaver spiders can range in size from ¼ - 1 inch in length, depending on the species. They have hairy, spiny legs with brown or black bodies that have yellow, red, orange or other brightly colored markings on them. Orb weaver spiders create very distinctive, intricate, round, wheel-shaped webs that they anchor between branches and other objects to catch their prey in.

Why Do I Have An Orb Weaver Spider Problem?

Often called garden spiders,  they are mostly found living in or around gardens. They do also build their nests in the corners of doorways, on porches, decks, and in the branches of trees. Orb spiders are drawn to porch or door lights because their prey are drawn to those same lights.

Are Orb weaver Spiders Dangerous?

They are not a dangerous spider species. Not aggressive, they typically only bite a person if they are directly threatened, handled, or squished. Their bite can introduce venom into their victim but it is typically not strong enough to affect a person.

How Do I Control Orb Spiders?

Controlling orb weaver spiders on your property is a difficult task since they live and breed outdoors. The best way to control these spiders is with the help of Russell's Pest Control.   

Orb Spider Prevention Tips

To help prevent orb weaver spiders from making their way into your home you should make sure that all screens in windows, doors and vents are intact. All gaps around windows and doors need to be caulked and that cracks in your basement or foundation are should also be sealed. Keep trees and bushes trimmed back away from the outside of your home, and be sure to place woodpiles and garden areas a distance away from your home as well.


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