Spiders are one of the most annoying pests in our homes. In some cultures, spiders are even associated with evil spirits. In general, spiders can be useful as they serve as a natural deterrent to other insects due to their predator-prey relationship with them. However, some harmful spiders like the Black Widow or Brown Recluse are harmful to have in your home as they possess venoms that can be bad news for human health.
Another thing associated with Spiders are the cobwebs. The feeling of webs touching your face or skin can send shivers down your spine, so the best way to be free of this is to get rid of them entirely. If you are wary of using insecticides and chemicals in your home, check out the following list of “natural remedies” to help combat spiders and help aim your efforts in the right direction.
The most effective and easiest method to control spiders that you can do at home is to simply vacuum up spiders as you see them.
Seal Your Home
Fill any cracks and crevices leading from outside to inside to prevent spiders from entering your home. Fix window screens and door sweeps so there are no open areas that spiders can slip through. You can also cover your vents with mesh to help prevent spiders and other insects from entering rooms in your home.
Outdoor Lights & Plants
Keep outdoor lights off and/or switch to yellow light bulbs. Lights attract insects which in turn attracts spiders, yellow lights will not attract as many insects. Remove plants, flowers, shrubs, etc. from around the perimeter of your home. Plants attract spiders and provide good hiding spaces.
Glue traps are safe and effective to use around the home. Place glue traps where you tend to find insect activity, the insects and spiders will get stuck to the trap as they walk or land on the glue. These traps can be simply thrown in the garbage when they are full.
Nothing beats a clean house, cleaning your house makes your home unattractive to insects. Insects love clutter, food crumbs, leftover garbage, and moisture. Since insects are easy prey for spiders, they tend to migrate to where insects are. If your house is clean and clutter free, you won’t find as many insects in it. Dusting up your house, taking out the trash, vacuuming and tidying up are means at which you can employ to help make your home spider free.
Let us help you reduce the annoyance of spiders by having one of our Pest Management Professionals come to your home to provide advice, control options, determine the source of the infestation, and provide valuable information on how to prevent further infestations.