Pest Spotlight: Spider Control
How to keep those creepy crawlers away
No one wants to see spiders in their home. Although they’re rarely deadly in our area, many suffer from arachnophobia (fear of spiders). Here’s what you need to know about spider control.
Eliminate Food Sources
By reducing possible food sources, you’ll make your home far less attractive to spiders. Spiders spin their webs near light sources to trap flying insects that are attracted to light. Other spiders chase their prey down, while jumping spiders pounce on their prey. By ridding your home of their prey, spiders will most likely move on in search of a more hospitable (buggy) environment. To do this, exterminators recommend insecticides or sticky glue traps (if you want a non-toxic option). Place these sticky traps in dark, out-of-the-way corners and crevices, as this is typically where spiders prefer to hide.
As mentioned before, insecticides are often a powerful way to combat spiders. Use pesticide dust in secluded areas. This dust will eventually stick to spider webs, which the spiders will eat, causing them to die. Liquid insecticide is another option that can be applied strategically throughout the home. Just use with caution, especially if there are children or pets in the home. Pyrethrin or pyrethroid sprays kill spiders on contact, but they offer no residual benefit.
Keep them Out
- Keep firewood away from your home’s exterior and check logs for spiders before bringing them inside.
- Caulk and seal any exterior cracks.
Cut Down on Clutter
Getting rid of spider hiding spots is another effective way to make your home less friendly to spiders. Spiders gravitate to dark, covered areas, quiet areas. Keep a clean house to leave spiders out in the open.
Kill Individual Spiders
Spiders hunt alone, so unlike other pests, seeing one spider doesn’t necessarily mean there are others lurking nearby. Killing them as you see them should go a long way.
If spiders are a persistent problem in your home, it might be time to take the most effective route: calling the experts. The pest professionals at Resolution Pest know how to effectively rid your house of spiders and keep them gone. Contact us today at 610-337-7378 to find out how we can help and to schedule a free consultation.
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