With a few exceptions, spiders are beneficial creatures that help control other pests in and around our homes. It can be hard to remember that as they creep and crawl across the living room floor or their web catches on your face when you walk through it. Most spiders are harmless and try to avoid encountering people. However, like any other pest that sneaks in our homes, it is frequently to seek shelter, food and water. Accidentally, spiders may be brought into structure by people themselves on items like firewood, plants or in boxes. Like all pests, good management of spiders begins with a thorough inspection. Although most spider bites in the area do not pose a danger, a black widow can cause severe health risks and many other bites and venom from spiders can be scary and painful. Your thorough inspection will identify the locations and types of spiders involved, the possible source, and how they are getting in the structure.
Spiders Hang Around
Spiders hide out in landscaping material catching and hunting other pests and insects for food. Many web-spinning spiders lay wait near their web, waiting to entangle unsuspecting insects. Alternatively, hunters chase down and catch their food. Outdoor inspections will also turn up both types of spiders along fence lines, in sprinkler valve boxes, and near grass and vegetation. Spiders end up in crawl spaces, garages, and window sills. Clutter can hide webs and spiders behind and under the items. Items such as wood piles next to the home provide excellent shelter not only for spiders, but also for the many other bugs that spiders feed on.
The IPM Approach Utilizes Responsible Treatment Efforts
Payless Pest Control treatments and exclusion efforts will be tailored to your property. Identified entry points where spiders use openings to utility cables, pipes, and venting will be excluded as possible and treated. Webs will knocked down in window wells and under eaves all around the house. Our diligent efforts to keep down other pest populations will limit spider food sources and require that they move on to other locations. It can be difficult to seal every crack and around a house, making it necessary for the responsible application of pesticide. Some pesticides only work on contact with spiders and struggle to offer control for months at a time. Spiders need to pick up pesticide on their legs and reach their cuticle to begin affecting them. This process can be slower than with insects. So, Payless Pest Control uses family pet-friendly, fast acting, high-grade micro-encapsulated products with tested technology to control spiders in and around your home for up to 90 days. A well-rounded approach inspecting, excluding, and treating for spiders will provide the best overall control of a difficult pest.
Tips to Reduce Spiders Around Your House:
- Changing exterior lighting. Yellow or sodium vapor light bulbs are less attractive to food for spiders like night-flying insects.
- Eliminate potential harborage of leaves, clutter and excessive vegetation
- Remove webs and seal any cracks or potential entry points.
- Routine, thorough house cleaning is the best way to eliminate spiders and discourage their return. A vacuum cleaner or broom effectively removes spiders, webs, and egg sacs.
- Destruction of egg sacs is crucial since each can contain hundreds of young spiders.
- Move firewood, stacked items, and debris away from the foundation
- Trim shrubs, vines and tree limbs touching the house since these provide a convenient bridge to the structure.
- Install tight-fitting window screens and door sweeps to exclude spiders and other pests.