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While most of the spiders you’ll encounter in your Yakima home don’t pose a threat to humans, that doesn’t mean you want them there. For Yakima residents, you’re likely to encounter these types of spiders:

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Giant house spiders: Similar to regular house spiders, giant house spiders can come in a variety of different colors and have a leg span of up to four inches.

Cellar spiders: Cellar spiders are usually known for their tan or brown coloring and long, skinny legs. As their name suggests, they prefer to hide in darker areas where they won’t be disturbed by humans – like cellars.

Wolf spiders: Rather than build webs, wolf spiders use their large size for hunting insects and other prey on foot.

Hobo spiders: Hobo spiders have a long, dark stripe that runs down their bodies and they create funnel-shaped webs to catch prey.

Black widow spiders: Of every spider on this list, black widows are the only species that pose a threat. They’re extremely venomous, and while they don’t bite often, a black widow bite always requires medical care. You can recognize these spiders by the orange or red hourglass marking on their abdomens.

Even if most of Washington’s spiders are harmless to humans, that doesn’t mean you want them running your home. Here’s what Yakima residents should know about why spiders get into homes, how you can get rid of them, and what steps you can take to prevent them in the future. 

Why And How Do Spiders Get Into Yakima Homes? 

While some pests may find and enter your home because they’re seeking food or they’ve detected human body heat, spiders are only interested in one thing: chasing their pest prey. If you’ve got flies, ants, or other insects for spiders to munch on, they may follow these pests into your Yakima home and stick around. For this reason, a spider problem usually indicates that you’ve got another pest problem around your house. To get inside, spiders crawl into Yakima homes like many pests do – through tiny cracks or crevices in your foundation or tears and rips in window and door screens. In some cases, a spider may end up in your home accidentally because they were hiding in a piece of firewood or yard debris that you’ve brought inside. 

How To Deal With A Spider Infestation In Yakima, WA

Spider infestations tend to be tricky for a couple of reasons: not only do you have to eliminate the spider problem, but you’ll also need to get rid of the pest prey they’re feeding on too. The best way to deal with spider problems, both harmless and dangerous, is with professional help from Prosite Pest Control. With years of experience and reliable treatments to get rid of spiders (and their food source), we’re the trusted pest management service for Yakima residents. So, if you’re finding one too many spiders around your Yakima home, it’s time to call. Contact us at Prosite Pest Control to learn more about how our spider control services work. 

How To Prevent Spiders In Yakima, WA

When it comes to preventing spiders and the prey they’re chasing, there’s a couple of things you can do to keep these critters away from your Yakima home, such as:

  • Properly store food and trash: Keeping food in airtight containers and sealing trash cans go a long way in deterring pest prey that spiders may chase after. This includes unusual food items like pet food.

  • Declutter your home: Spiders love to hide, and clothing piles or other clutter can serve as the perfect hiding spots for these critters.

  • Seal cracks and crevices: Use a sealant like caulk to seal off any cracks and crevices that spiders or other prey may crawl through.

  • Deal with moisture problems: Leaky faucets and other standing water can lure in all types of pests, so you’ll want to address these problems as soon as you notice them.

  • Inspect and clear yard debris: Spiders may hide in yard debris, so you’ll want to clear these items from your yard and inspect any items before they’re brought inside.

  • Keep firewood several feet away: Spiders like to hide in wood piles and firewood, so keeping these items several feet from your home can deter pests from finding their way inside.

For help preventing spiders and their pest prey in Yakima, don't hesitate to call the experts at Prosite Pest Control.

 

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