There are many medium sized brown spiders that you will encounter in your home, and it's hard to tell them apart. Hacklemesh weavers are one of the spiders that American homeowners may encounter without realizing what they are. Here's what you need to know about them.
How Can You Identify Them?
Hacklemesh weavers are medium sized brown spiders; their bodies range in length from 6 mm to 11 mm. They have a lighter brown chevron pattern on their backs which helps distinguish them from the many other types of brown house spiders you might encounter. Another easy way to identify them is by looking at their very unique webs. They build webs that look like mesh tubes, hence their names.
Do They Bite?
Hacklemesh weavers will bite if provoked, just like any spider. That said, they're not very aggressive, so you'll have to pick one up or stick your hand in its web to make it bite you. If you do manage to get bitten, you don't have much to worry about. There is only one verified record of a hacklemesh weaver bite, and that person only suffered from pain, swelling, and itching.
Why Do Hacklemesh Weavers Infest Houses?
Hacklemesh spiders are house spiders, so they're adapted to indoor life, but the conditions aren't usually right for their population to grow out of control. To have a hacklemesh spider infestation, a few conditions need to be met. The environment needs to be very moist; there needs to be lots of places for them to hide and breed, and there needs to be lots of food (bugs) for them to eat.
How Do You Get Rid of Them?
You can get rid of these spiders by making your home less inviting to them. Fix leaky pipes or other plumbing problems, and if your house is humid, get a dehumidifier. Once your moisture problem is under control, rid your home of clutter. This is an important step because clutter gives these spiders lots of places to hide, and worse, lay eggs. If you find any eggs or live spiders while you're de-cluttering, vacuum them up and then empty your vacuum outside.
Insecticides are a fast way to kill spiders, but they're dangerous, so you shouldn't spray them by yourself. Pest control companies have the necessary training and safety equipment to use insecticides safely.
Hacklemesh weavers aren't dangerous, but if you're scared of spiders, that's not much comfort! To get rid of them, take steps to make your home less appealing to these pests, and if you're looking for a faster solution, hire a pest control company (such as Fowler Pest Control).