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Spiders are useful in many ways, but they’re not always welcome in homes. If you have unwanted spiders in your house, it’s important to have a spider control plan to get things under control. While there are some DIY steps you can take to keep spiders out of your home, you may also need the help of a professional if you have to deal with a severe infestation.
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Spiders are arachnids. They have two main body parts, eight legs, and jaws that are designed to pierce and tear their prey. Spiders usually have six to eight eyes, but they don’t often have good eyesight. The silk spinning organs in their abdomens allow spiders to weave the signature webs that you will find with most species.
Spiders play an important role in controlling other pests, though they’re often considered pests themselves. Though many people are afraid of spiders, most species will not bite humans, preferring instead to run away when threatened. Almost all spiders are venomous, but few are dangerous.
Spiders come in many shapes, but all have the characteristic features described above. Most notable are the two body parts and eight legs. Spider species are typically identified by their color and shape. Their abdomen shape, size, and markings can also help you identify what type of spider you’re dealing with. Some of the most common American spiders include the following:
Spiders can live nearly anywhere. The species determines the spider’s preferred habitat. Spiders can dwell in trees, in the ground, under rocks, and along the eaves of your home. Many species look for dark areas where they can enjoy seclusion. Some are attracted to damp places in the home.
Spiders will typically make a home where they can find an ample supply of food. In your home, you’ll often find spiders in or near windows, where other insects are more likely to enter and get trapped in their webs. A spider infestation may occur as a byproduct of another type of infestation. If you have an ample supply of flies in your home, for example, hungry spiders may follow this food source.
Due to their predatory nature, spiders tend to spread out. However, if you begin to find an unusual number of spiders in your home, you may have a full-blown infestation. A spider infestation often begins with a large number of spiders making their homes outside your house. If you see a lot a spider webs around your home, this is an indicator that you may soon have a problem.
Spiders can lay over 200 eggs in a single egg sac, and some spiders lay more than one egg sac. When these babies hatch, they’re likely to find small cracks and crevices in your home and set up camp around your house. At this point, you may have a full-blown spider infestation.
The best way to tackle a spider problem is to take proactive steps to keep spiders out of your home; this includes doing things like:
If you have spiders in your home, glue traps can help you catch them. However, to truly tackle an infestation, you need to know what type of spiders you have, where these spiders like to live, and where their egg sacs are most likely hiding. For this, a professional extermination service is the best approach.
Though spiders aren’t always welcome guests in your home, they can be fascinating creatures. Contrary to popular belief, spiders aren’t insects. They’re arachnids, which is a different family. Other arachnids are scorpions, ticks, and mites.
Though spiders aren’t known for having excellent eyesight, some jumping spiders can see light spectrums that humans can’t. Some studies have shown that they can detect both UVA and UVB light.
While the majority of spiders are solitary, some will form communities. These spiders build large cobwebs and gather by the thousands to harvest prey.
If you need spider solutions for your home, contact a professional exterminating company like Bulwark Exterminating to get things under control and restore your home to a pest-free state.
Given that many people fear spiders, the first question on most homeowner’s minds is “How Can I Get Rid of Spiders?”
Above you will find a few do-it-yourself spider tips in the SPIDER SOLUTIONS section. Below are a few more tips and secrets to controlling spiders in and around your home.
But do you really want to take on this battle month after month by yourself? If you want an easy solution to your spider woes then go to the pros.
Clearly spiders have come inside for something. Besides the air conditioned home that shields them from rain and heat, spiders need things to survive. Like most of planet earth they need WATER and FOOD.
Start by using only the needed amount of water in and around your home. Standing water in your flower beds, around your bushes, or in your lawn will attract spiders and other pests like an oasis in a desert. If you have a pool then you are certainly familiar with the spiders lurking poolside. Fixing water leaks inside your home can also help. All wild creatures seek watering holes. Spiders seek them to drink from and to feed from, as they are the apex predators in the bug world.
Spiders are predators and hunters. They feed on other bugs. So the breadcrumbs around your home have no appeal to spiders. To make your home less attractive to spiders you need to get rid of the bugs.
When focusing on spiders inside the home, there are a few places that are great to spot treat; corners, window seals, under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Hit all of these locations in problem areas.
But really you don’t want to be battling spiders in your home at all. Keeping up a protective barrier outside the home will stop bugs (spider food) and spiders from coming in. If you are going to attempt to do this yourself, BE CONSISTENT. Treat at regular monthly or every other month intervals, whether you are seeing the bugs or not. Most people simply stop treating when the bugs go away. That’s the wrong approach. If the bugs left then the pest management is working, so don’t stop. Keep the bugs from coming back by being consistent.
Because spiders walk on their toes, very few products are highly effective against spiders. Various products work differently as well. Some products have a quick knock down and some have a slow knock down. Further, spraying your corners with an oil based product can damage carpet and paint. For your health, we recommend using an all natural product inside your home. Outside you need something that can endure the weather so a micro encapsulated product is best for the outside pesticide treatment.
The cracks around your house allow air to escape. That air carries the promises of summer coolness and winter warmth. Those spidey senses kick in as that air blows across the spiders hair. The problem is your home is meant to breathe. So be careful on only sealing cracks that are not intended to help your home.
Did you know the pest professionals will SEAL YOUR HOME for you? Often seal jobs are requested in areas that battle dangerous arachnids like the brown recluse or bark scorpion. If you are extremely worried about the arachnids in your area then maybe you should get a professional home sealing. Ask our pros if sealing your home is the right move for you.