Ticks & Spiders


This group includes a couple of ticks that are both annoying and disease carriers. American Dog Tick and Deer Ticks are common in our area and should not be taken lightly. These ticks are vectors of several diseases that are very serious. Shoreline’s Solution: Treating vegetation outside the home where ticks reside will decrease their population. Also cutting down taller bushes and grasses in areas people travel will keep them form hitching a ride. ( Image © Mohammed El Damir, Bugwood.org)

Outside Spiders by the Lake

Spiders are generally considered the good guys in the pest world. There are over 38,000 named species of spiders and there are many more that have yet to be identified. They do their share to help keep insect populations in check. We realize that in certain situations, spiders can become a serious pest. (Image © Rolfaasa/Dreamstime.com)

People living next to lakes know that spiders will build up in large numbers on the siding of their houses. This is due to the large number of insects that hatch from the lake and are attracted to the lights of the house at night. This creates a perfect ambush spot for spiders to live and breed. If left unchecked, this situation will necessitate constant cleaning of their webs and droppings from the siding. Shoreline’s Solution: Shoreline Services has developed a program specifically for the lake front homeowner. Learn more about our spider treatment program in the Residential Services area of our website!

Cellar Spiders

This spider is found mostly in basements but can often be found in all rooms of the house. It has a very small body with long legs and spends most of its time in a wispy web in corners. This spider breeds quickly to large numbers and can become an annoying pest. Shoreline’s Solution: Treating the inside rooms where this spider is found is most effective. One treatment each year will virtually eliminate this pest. (Image © Frankljunior/Dreamstime.com)

Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders are very common, web-less spiders that resemble Tarantulas, but usually are smaller. They sometimes become pests in the fall when they come into the home looking for warmth. Shoreline’s Solution: If the numbers are large enough to be a pest, they are usually rejected with a repellant treatment in the fall. (Image © Teresa Kenney/Dreamstime.com)

Poisonous Spiders

Black Widow

These spiders are actually quite common in Michigan. Their secretive habits keep them from being seen often. Obviously poisonous, but rarely deadly, these spiders usually are not numerous enough to warrant control. Shoreline’s Solution: Treatment is usually not needed unless populations are noticed to be large. In that case a residual insecticide treatment is effective. (Image © Gordon Miller/Dreamstime.com)

Brown Recluse

A very poisonous spider that is extremely rare in our area. Those few that have been reported here have likely been accidentally transported from the South. Shoreline’s Solution: If found inside your home – First, have it positively identified. We would then recommend treating the entire house if this spider has been found. (Image © iStock.com/Schiz-Art)

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