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What are Spiders?

Spiders are arachnids belonging to the order Araneae, known for their eight legs, multiple eyes, and ability to produce silk. They are found in diverse habitats worldwide and play important roles in ecosystems as predators of insects and other arthropods. While some spider species are harmless to humans, others possess venom that can be used to immobilize prey or defend against threats.

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Physical Characteristics:

Spiders have several physical features that distinguish them from other arthropods:

  • Eight Legs: All spiders have eight legs, which they use for walking, climbing, and capturing prey.

  • Two Body Segments: Spiders have a cephalothorax (head and thorax) and an abdomen, connected by a narrow waist called the pedicel.

  • Multiple Eyes: Most spiders have multiple eyes arranged in various patterns, with some species having as many as eight eyes.

  • Silk Production: Spiders have specialized silk-producing glands called spinnerets, located at the rear of their abdomen. They use silk to build webs for trapping prey, construct shelters, and produce egg sacs.


Spiders can be found in a wide range of habitats, including:

  • Forests: Many spider species inhabit forests and woodlands, where they build webs among vegetation, trees, and leaf litter.

  • Grasslands: Spiders are common in grasslands and meadows, where they hunt for prey on the ground and among grass stems.

  • Deserts: Some spider species are adapted to desert environments, where they burrow into sandy soil or seek shelter in rocks and crevices.

  • Urban Areas: Spiders are also found in urban environments such as homes, gardens, and parks, where they prey on insects attracted to artificial lights and structures.


Spiders exhibit a wide range of behaviors that are characteristic of the order Araneae:

  • Web Building: Many spiders are skilled web builders, constructing intricate webs to capture flying insects or create shelters for resting and mating.

  • Hunting: Some spiders are active hunters that rely on stealth and agility to capture prey, stalking or ambushing insects on the ground or in vegetation.

  • Venomous Predators: Spiders use venom to immobilize and digest their prey, injecting venom through specialized fangs called chelicerae.

  • Reproduction: Spiders reproduce sexually, with males using elaborate courtship displays to attract mates. Females typically lay eggs in silk egg sacs, which they guard until the eggs hatch into spiderlings.

Ecological Importance:

Spiders play important roles in ecosystems as:

  • Predators: Spiders are voracious predators of insects and other arthropods, helping to regulate populations of pest species and maintain ecological balance.

  • Prey: Spiders are also prey for a variety of animals, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and other spiders.

  • Silk Producers: Spiders produce silk, a strong and elastic protein fiber that has a wide range of ecological functions, including prey capture, shelter construction, and dispersal of spiderlings.

Interactions with Humans:

While spiders are generally beneficial animals, they can sometimes come into conflict with humans:

  • Venomous Species: Some spider species possess venom that can cause painful bites in humans, although most spider bites are relatively harmless and only cause mild symptoms such as redness, swelling, and itching.

  • Fear and Phobias: Arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders, is a common phobia that affects many people worldwide. However, most spiders are harmless and pose no threat to humans.

Control and Management:

Controlling spider populations and managing interactions with humans often involves:

  • Sanitation: Keeping indoor and outdoor areas clean and free of clutter can help reduce spider habitats and hiding places.

  • Sealing Entry Points: Sealing cracks, gaps, and openings in buildings can prevent spiders from entering indoor spaces.

  • Integrated Pest Management: Implementing integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, such as reducing insect populations and using targeted insecticides, can help control spider populations indirectly by reducing their prey.




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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
Karen Eckholdt
Karen Eckholdt
14:54 22 Sep 22
Critter Stop has made this project easy and extremely professional from start to finish! They are very detailed and competent from start to finish and know so much about their business. They made a problem easy for us and at a reasonable cost. We would be happy to recommend this company and their owners and staff to anyone.
Aaron Echols
Aaron Echols
13:51 03 Aug 22
The guys at Critter Stop responded quickly, were very friendly, and gave us an honest estimate of what we might need. They explained why some items on other quotes were or were not necessary. They communicated well to get us scheduled, and did the work well and quickly. Great service at a fair and competitive price.
Jacob Scribner
Jacob Scribner
19:23 27 Jul 22
Brandon and his other coworker Gavin came to install insulation in my attic. I am very grateful for the hard work and professionalism. My house feels a lot better with the insulation installed. 5 star review. Cory Leach was also very nice and helpful. He came to my house to do another job and was very attentive and professional. Thank you Corey and thank you Critter Stop for helping me.The owner very polite and helpful, I’m glad I found this company to help me.
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