Why Spiders Come Inside Your Yakima County Home And How To Keep Them Out

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Keeping spiders at bay is probably already pretty high on your Yakima County pest control priority list – and understandably so. Spiders are creepy, unpleasant, and sometimes even dangerous. So keeping them outside where they belong is not a terrible idea, and the great thing about spider control is it's a lot easier than controlling lots of other pests. 

Types of Spiders That Invade Yakima County Homes

We've got many types of spiders here in Yakima County, and the great news is most of them are completely benign. Among the harmless spiders you're likely to encounter in your home are hobo spiders, wolf spiders, common house spiders, and yellow sac spiders. 

We do have a potentially dangerous spider species in our area. Black Widows pack a neurotoxic venom that can cause systemic systems like muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. Though you're unlikely to die from a black widow bite, you should still seek help if bitten to avert serious symptoms. 

What It Means If You're Seeing Spiders In Your Home

If you're seeing an uptick in spider activity in your home, that usually means only one thing: you have an infestation of something spiders want to eat. All types of spiders – from black widows to common house spiders – eat the same thing. They hunt and catch live prey, which they then liquefy and drink through their mouthparts.

Spiders don't need humans for anything. Unlike other pests, they don't eat our food and don't need our water or shelter to get through the winter. However, they love to hunt common house pests like cockroaches, flies, ants, and other insects that need humans to survive and thrive. So if you're seeing a significant increase in the number of spiders in your house, it is highly likely you have an infestation of one or more of these other pests. 

Five Naturally Effective Spider Prevention Tips

Since they only enter our homes seeking prey animals, the best way to get rid of spiders is to get rid of the infestations attracting them. There are also a few ways you can make your home less attractive to spiders overall, but nothing will work quite like keeping your house free of spiders' favorite foods. To do this:

  1. Cover all indoor and outdoor garbage cans to avoid attracting pests like flies and roaches.
  2. Store all pantry foods in airtight containers to mask smells.
  3. Seal cracks and holes around your home's exterior to keep out pests insects and spiders alike.
  4. Sweep away cobwebs wherever you find them to encourage spiders to move on.
  5. Plant herbs and flowers mosquitoes and flies hate to avoid attracting web-weaving spiders to your yard.

Unfortunately, the fact is if you wind up with a spider infestation, there aren't very many ways to kill spiders that actually work. Spiders are good at hiding from sprays, and glue traps are also ineffective, particularly against web weavers. This means you may need additional help to eliminate a spider infestation in your home. 

Professional Pest Control Makes For The Best Spider Control

As we said above, most of the spider control solutions you could buy in the store will not be effective against these clever and sneaky pests. This is why you'll need professional help to deal with your spider infestation. Here at Prosite, our pest experts can not only identify and eliminate the spider infestation on your property, but they can also figure out what is attracting spiders to your house so that you don't have to deal with a spider problem in the future. So give us a call or visit our contact page to get started with your home inspection today.