Common Spiders In Des Moines And What To Do About Them
April 21, 2023

Common Spiders In Des Moines And What To Do About Them

They may be crucial to the ecosystem of the world, but humans have always had a bit of a bad relationship with spiders. They are creepy, they occasionally invade our personal space, and worst of all, some of them are poisonous, even deadly. They say that you are never more than six feet from a spider, whether you are hanging out in your garden or sleeping in your bed. So just what could you be sharing your house with?

house spider crawling across Des Moines floor

What are the most common spiders in Des Moines?

Iowa is pretty lucky since the deadly spiders native to North America are actually pretty rare in our fine state. However, there are still over 40 different varieties that call it home. Those spiders include:

  • Common House Spider
  • Black and Yellow Garden Spider
  • Grass Spider
  • Fisher Spider
  • Wolf Spider

Common House Spider

As their name suggests, these are the most common type of spider that you will find in your house. House spiders like enclosed areas like buildings as the adjoined edges that make up corners are the perfect place to weave their webs. Their small size and brown color allow the common house spider to go majorly unnoticed by most.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider

While their striking black and yellow coloring may suggest they are poisonous, they are actually harmless. If you spot these spiders, typically what you are seeing are the females that are four times larger than males and have more aggressive coloring. Luckily, these spiders enjoy the outdoors, weaving their webs in gardens and fields and only really being active on sunny days with no wind.

Grass Spider

Have you ever walked outside on a dewy morning and noticed the spider webs in the grass? Those will be from grass spiders. While they get their name from this practice, they can also be found indoors, but prefer low areas to build their webs. The unpleasant feature of this spider is the bigger the web it creates means the bigger the spider has become.

Fisher Spiders

Aside from the house spider, the Fisher spider is Iowa’s most common eight-legged resident. With larger eyes, they don’t make webs but instead use speed to chase down and pounce on prey. While they are not poisonous, they do bite, which makes them a huge nuisance.

Wolf Spider

Like the Fisher spider, the Wolf spider doesn’t use webs to catch prey, instead, it chases them down. While they prefer tall grass or shrubs with an abundant supply of prey, if your house fulfills that need, they will move right in. Unlike the Fisher spider, the Wolf spider is poisonous, but its bites aren’t lethal.

Those are the most common ones you are likely to find in your yard or your house, but, while rare, black widows and brown recluse spiders, two of the most venomous spiders in North America, have been spotted once or twice in Iowa. Typically they only end up here if they were brought in accidentally from places where they are more prevalent.

How To Get Rid of Spiders in Des Moines

One of the easiest ways to control spiders, especially if you have a lot of them, is to call a pest control expert. We actually have a lot in common with spiders. They take care of pests, we take care of pests. We just aren’t creepy about it like your typical spider and won’t invite ourselves to stay at your house.

While we have tools to get rid of spiders, the key to preventing them from coming back is to make your house less tempting. This means getting rid of their food source – insects. So by contacting Miller Pest Control for your Des Moines spider problem, you are not only getting rid of spiders but probably a lot of other nuisance insects that have infested your house.

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