Keep your garden free of frightening garden spiders and other pests with professional pest control from Aptive.
We use eco-friendly methods to remove infestations and protect you and your family from future pest problems. Our solutions are pet-friendly, too!
After a thorough inspection of your property, our pest experts will design a customized solution based on the size and shape of your home.
The Aptive Four Seasons Protection Plan ensures that your home will be safe from garden spiders and other pests all year long.
Garden spiders are large arachnids, sometimes over 1 ½ inches long.
They have colorful bodies that are most often black and yellow.
These spiders have long legs that are also striped with yellow.
They build complex webs (up to 2 feet in diameter) with a distinctive zigzag line running from one side to the other.
Garden spiders often live in gardens, trapping flies and some pollinating insects in their webs. These spiders can use many tall structures to build their webs, including trees, fences, walls and windows. They live in forests and fields with plenty of tall plants. Anywhere that has a large amount of insects can attract garden spiders.
Unlike other orb spiders, garden spiders do not build large clusters of webs. Instead, they build one, large, complex web and rebuild parts of it every night. Their webs are easy to distinguish from those of other spiders because they have a unique stabilimentum in the middle—a dense line of webbing that extends in a zigzag from one edge of the web to the other.
Garden spider webs can extend from objects as far as three feet apart. This spider species usually lives near sunny areas with little wind to threaten its webs. It is common in gardens and around houses because it can build webs between the plants and hide in the shade against walls. Garden spiders tend to remain around one location throughout their lives.
Garden spiders eat insects, trapping them in their webs and injecting them with venom to kill the prey. Occasionally, they’ll also eat small lizards. Their venom is not dangerous to humans and feels similar to a bee sting. They’ll only bite larger animals if touched or threatened. Otherwise, garden spiders will usually hide from people.
These spiders lay eggs inside egg sacs and hang them on the web. One egg sac can contain as many as one thousand eggs. The male spider dies after breeding and the female remains on the web near the eggs. However, the female spiders also die while their eggs overwinter. In the spring, the eggs hatch and some of the young spiders stay on the web. Others produce a strand of silk that acts like a sail, blowing them to other locations.
Though they are frightening to find outside your home, garden spiders can be beneficial because they control insect populations. However, Aptive is equipped to remove these spiders quickly and conveniently in your home.
Garden spiders don’t usually move indoors but they can wander inside accidentally. Since they often live around the outside of a house, their webs might attach to doors and window frames. An open door or window can let them in to search for other insects that flew inside. Indoors, you might find garden spider webs in attics or other low-traffic areas where they can catch insects, undisturbed.
If you see a garden spider in your house or garden, don’t panic. Despite their large size and frightening colors, they are harmless to humans and pets. They even keep other insects under control. Of course, most people don’t want these scary pests hanging around their home. If you see spider webs inside or outside, call Aptive Environmental to begin a customized spider control plan.
You can also follow these tips to avoid attracting garden spiders to your home:
Garden spiders are harmless but scary pests to find around your home. Get back your peace of mind by calling Aptive Environmental. We control garden spiders and other pest infestations with convenient, eco-friendly solutions. Our pest experts will tailor a treatment plan to your home to maximize effectiveness and help you feel comfortable again. You can count on our Four Seasons Protection Plan to keep spiders away all year long.