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Fox Pest Control’s Chicago Metro Area Spider Exterminator Service

There is a variety of spiders that will invade your Chicago Metro Area home, some more dangerous than others, but all creepy to have in your space. The most common spider that you may see is the American house spider. They are about the size of a nickel, and are harmless to humans. They are web spiders, known to make tangled or messy looking webs. You may also have garden spiders, who are large and yellow, and create beautiful geometric webs between plants. They will bite but are not venomous. Now, if you have hobo spiders, brown recluse, black widow or others, you may have a problem. Fox Pest Control is here to help rid your home of spiders and other creepy crawlies.

Signs of a Spider Infestation

You might already know you have a spider infestation, but here are a couple of the most common signs spider exterminators look for in the Chicago Metro Area area.


Not all spiders make webs, but most of those found inside will make cobwebs in low-traffic areas. Basements, crawl spaces, attic spaces, storage containers, cardboard boxes, window frames and window wells, outdoor light fixtures, and similar areas are excellent candidates for spider activity.


Besides webs, the main sign of spiders is to find one crawling around. The only reason spiders are found inside or near a home is because of their food — insects and other spiders.

Things You Need to Know About Spiders

  • Around 3000 species of spiders live in North America – probably not that many in Chicago Metro Area. Most of these are nontoxic to humans, like the yellow sac spider and domestic house spider. However, there are a couple spiders you need to look out for: 
  • The Brown Recluse
    • Most common in the southern states, this spider has a potentially lethal bite.
    • Its venom is necrotic, meaning it kills living tissue. 
    • To identify a brown recluse, look for a sandy brown spider with a dark, violin shaped mark on its body. 
    • This spider will likely be hiding in a dark, secluded area —  hence its name. 
  • The Black Widow
    • A common venomous spider in the United States. 
    • Female black widows are much more dangerous than their relatively harmless male counterparts. 
    • A female black widow’s body is about one-half inch long with a trademark red hourglass on the underside of the belly. The rest of the body and the legs are a shiny black color.
    • Drop-for-drop, a female black widow’s venom is thought to be 15 times stronger than  rattlesnake venom, although, in most cases, not enough of the spider’s venom is released to be fatal.
    • Unlike the brown recluse’s venom, a black widow’s poison affects the nervous system, not the tissue.
  • Although most spiders aren’t as dangerous as the brown recluse or black widow, it’s best not to wait too long before seeking professional help if you have a spider infestation.
  • You can better identify what type of spider you have based on their webs:

Tangle Webs: Better known as cobwebs, tangle webs are unorganized and look thrown together. These are made by the Theridiidae family of spiders, which the black widow is a member of.

Tubular Webs: These webs create a tunnel, and are usually found between rocks and caves. These are made by the Segestriidae family of spiders which can be venomous. 

Funnel Webs: Similar in appearance to tubular webs, funnel webs are essentially used  as burrows for the spiders to wait for prey. You will find them between rocks, in plant cover, and other sheltered places. Funnel webs are made by Agelenidae, Dipluridae, and Hexathelidae spiders. Hobo spiders are funnel web building spiders. 

Spiral Webs: The most common type of spider web, the spiral orb webs come in two types. There are adhesive and non-adhesive types, both of which are built by Araneidae spiders. Garden spiders are spiral orb web weavers.

Sheet Webs: Being made of individual strands of silk woven into a thick mat, sheet webs are the largest webs that you will see. Despite their size, they are usually home to very small spiders from the Linyphiidae family. These webs will be found in trees and bushes, almost never inside your home. 

Helpful Spider Prevention Tips:  

  • Seal common entry points.
  • Reduce access to food by turning off exterior lights at night to prevent bugs from getting inside
  • Reduce moisture in and around the home.
  • Reduce hiding places by cleaning corners and vacuuming often.
  • Dust along walls and ceiling where spiders build webs.

How Do I Get Rid Of Spiders?

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Spider Control FAQ

How do I get rid of spiders?

The main reason spiders infest homes in Chicago Metro Area is to find and kill insects. By knocking down their webs and getting rid of insects, you’ll get rid of spiders. 

Vacuuming frequently can help scare away both insects and spiders. But Fox Pest Control has the most efficient and effective solutions for spider extermination over the long term. Call today for a free quote.

Which spiders are the most dangerous?

In the United States, there are two main spiders to worry about:
Black widow spider
Brown recluse spider

Is the hobo spider dangerous?

Nearly all hobo spiders bite and are venomous. However, because the hobo spider looks similar to other types of spiders, there is some debate as to whether the hobo is as venomous as it’s rumored to be. Some people have reported to have been bitten by a hobo spider when it was most likely a bite from a brown recluse.

What is a black widow spider?

The black widow spider is a type of house spider that makes complicated, messy webs. The black widow is found throughout the United States, but not quite as often in states along the Canadian border. 

What does a black widow spider look like?

Depending on the species, the females have black coloration and a recognizable red hourglass shape on their underbelly. They are often found in dark, secluded places, such as basements and attics.

How poisonous are black widow spiders?

In most species, the male black widow venom isn’t very potent at all and isn’t likely to cause harm to humans. Reportedly, the female black widow spider’s venom is 15 times more poisonous than rattlesnake venom. 

If you are bitten by any spider, seek medical attention right away. 

Where are brown recluse spiders found?

The brown recluse spider is found mostly in the southern states. True to its name, it likes to make webs in dark, enclosed spaces. 

How poisonous are brown recluse spiders?

As opposed to the black widow spider’s venom, the brown recluse’s venom is necrotic, which means it can kill the tissue. A brown recluse spider bite is life-threatening and can result in long-lasting damage. 

If you are bitten by a spider of any kind, seek medical attention.

Do all spiders make silk?

All spiders have silk, but not all spiders spin webs. Jumping spiders use their silk like a lifeline to catch them in case they miss their mark and fall. All spiders use their silk to wrap up their eggs in a silk case for protection. Some spiders line their tunnels with silk and use it like a network of antennae, so if anything disturbs the silk, the spider can sense it. 

Do all spiders make webs?

Many spiders make webs to catch prey, but not all of them do. Some spiders create a tunnel with a “lid” or trap door entrance, ambushing prey when they walk by. Others hide in dark spaces or camouflage themselves and strike when prey come nearby. Some spiders, like the wolf spider, hunt and chase down their prey.

Is all spider venom the same?

No; there are two main types of spider venom: necrotic and neurotoxic. 

Neurotoxic venom affects the nerves. A bite from a black widow can cause muscle cramps, spasms, numbness and tingling, or even total loss of feeling in a limb or area of the body. Neurotoxic venom can affect multiple areas of the body. 

Necrotic venom, including the venom of brown recluse spiders, destroys living tissue. It forms purple or black discoloration that looks like a bruise. Underneath the surface, the venom will form an ulcer that can grow worse if the affected area is not treated.

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We have been Fox customers for a bit over a year now, and cannot stress enough how amazing Juan is! We had a major wasp issue upon moving in, and Juan managed to thoroughly fix our problem. His attention to detail and going the extra mile to make customers happy with their service is remarkable and commendable. He truly is a wonderful representation for this company and as long as Juan is at Fox, we will continue to use this company for our pest control needs! Juan came to spot treat our home today while simultaneously training our other technician, Bobby. Bobby is also wonderful, knowledgeable, and kind, and will surely follow in the successful footsteps that Juan is setting him up within as he continues to practice the methods taught to him on the field. Overall, the services offered by Fox are of high quality and affordable. As someone who cant stand spiders and wasps, Fox pest control has been a God-send for us as new home owners. I am also a person who likes to know what is being done to prevent these pests and learning more about what we can do as homeowners to prevent repeat issues, and that benchmark is surely met thanks to Foxs awesome technicians like Bobby and Juan. We look forward to continued business with Fox, Juan and Bobby. (Seriously, if you havent stopped reading this to give Fox a call yet go. Do it. You wont regret it!)

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We had issues with lots of yellow jackets in our yard and were worried about them stinging us anytime we were outside. We called Fox Pest Control on Wednesday and had a wonderful technician, Gregg, at our home to treat the yellow jackets on Friday morning! From the first call with Calder, we were able to get a clear plan to not only remediate the yellow jackets now, but over the next year, along with other pests like ticks, fleas and spiders. Gregg, our tech, called 30 minutes before to let us know he was en route -- right within the 2-hour window provided too -- and went right to work doing the treatment, cleaning up spider webs and debris. He was fast, efficient, professional and very knowledgeable. Also, as it's a pandemic, it was so nice to see a tech arrive with a mask worn properly and giving six feet of space without me asking, something I greatly appreciated for safety and showed great respect/professionalism. The pricing, quality and care given to our family was remarkable, I will be using Fox for any future needs and I cannot recommend them more highly!

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Greg was great! very knowledgeable and willing to check all spaces for mice/rodent activity. Placed the proper traps as well as sprayed for spiders/insects in my crawl space as well as main living area and exterior of my home and garage. He even brushed the whole exterior clear of any webs and applied tick/ant granular to my mulch and grass areas. They will come back in 14days to check the progress. I Would defiantly recommend Fox Pest Control to anyone with an pest issue.

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We learned of Fox pest control when they visited our neighborhood for new customers. We receive excellent service from our tech representative Juan Salazar. He has been very thorough and knowledgeable when treating our house for spiders & ants, making sure that it is sprayed safely for our pets. Very friendly, polite and truly wants to represent Fox to the very best of his ability. We very much appreciate Juan's level of service and experience! ?

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They came to our door saying there was "neighborly" deal. This was our first home and pretty upset we were taken advantage of. Still see wasps everywhere, spider webs everywhere and ants everywhere. Didn't even get the spider webs from the front door. Called to cancel their service and was told there is a $150 dollar fee to cancel which we were not told about when they came and blew my mind. Will change my review if they come out and fix the issue but until then would highly not recommend this scam as they have done nothing close to the service they said they would provide.

Ben Dworkin

We've been using Fox for about 5 months, and have been SO pleased with the results. A noticeable difference in the amount of bugs being seen, especially spiders! Juan S is our technician, he is always personable, informative and dependable. If there are any concerns, it is taken care of promptly. Thank you, Juan!

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