Spider Population on the Rise in the Mountain State, Experts Say

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With very warm, very wet weather becoming the norm in West Virginia so far this summer, experts say spiders and spider bites, are on the rise, as these eight-legged critters are being forced out of their own homes and, often, into yours.

Greg Stephens of Ultra Pest Control explained that, just like you, when spiders’ homes get flooded or even too hot, they often move to a safer location.

“Our calls (have) increased for the spiders,” Stephens said. “With the heavy rains, the spiders have to seek higher ground. And a lot of times our house is the higher ground.”

The uptick in spiders is a cause for concern for Mountain State residents, as some spiders, like the black widow, can be dangerous.

“That’s worrisome,” said Hurricane, West Virginia resident Emily Fankhanel.  “I wouldn’t want to go to the hospital because of a spider bite.”

“It does make me a little bit paranoid because I’m usually the person who sees a spider and runs the other way,” added Jacob Longoria. “I hope that I don’t see any freaky eight-legged freaks crawling across my wall now.”

But Stephens said there are a few steps you can take to protect your home.

“Go around the outside of your house; you want to make sure that your yard is kept, the hedges and bushes and your landscaping around the house is cut off the ground at least six inches,” he said. “You want to make sure that you don’t have any excess clutter outside; stored car parts, old boxes, things like that where the spiders can hide.”

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