When you see a spider in your home, that spider is telling you something. If you listen closely, it will tell you why it came into your home, and more importantly, how you can encourage it to leave. Of course, we're not suggesting that spiders actually speak. What we are saying is that spiders do what spiders do. If you consider what motivates a spider, you can naturally deter all spiders from getting into your home. Natural solutions are the best way to get rid of spiders if you don't have training in pest control. Natural solutions require no specialized knowledge, and you don't have to worry about misapplying your control strategy and adding to your problem. Today we're going to look at both sides of spider control. We'll share natural tips that can make spiders in Kittitas County a rare sight inside your home. We'll also explain how professional pest control helps you get better control of spiders. If you have questions and want to speak to someone, jump to our contact page and reach out to us for assistance. Prosite Pest Control offers cutting-edge pest control in Kittitas County. Our highly trained and super-friendly technicians are here to help.
Characteristics Of Common Spiders
It is likely you know that all spiders have venom and fangs. You may also know that some have fangs that are too weak to break the skin of a human, or venom too weak to do much more than cause minor irritation. These are important facts to know if you are concerned about spiders and their bites. But our focus today is on why you have spiders in your house and how to keep them out. Here are a few things that motivate spiders.
- Spiders love holes. Do you know that some spiders live in holes? They'll climb into the hole of a tree or a crack in a rock. They'll slide under the bark of a tree. They'll disappear into a ground hole. You'll also find them hiding in holes that lead into the interior voids of objects in your yard. It is only natural that spiders will enter holes in the exterior of your home. Frequent sightings of spiders in your home may mean that you have a spider hiding place next to an exterior wall, such as a stack of scrap wood, some dead branches, leaves, or man-made objects.
- Spiders don't make holes. Do you know that no spider has the ability to chew through wood and other building materials? Their fangs are not used for such things. When you see a spider in your home, you can know for sure that you have a hole large enough for that critter to get inside. That means other things can get inside too, like secondary pests, moisture, and mold.
- Spiders eat arthropods. Do you know that a spider is always found near food? Arthropods have four major groups. They are insects, arachnids, myriapods (millipedes and centipedes), and crustaceans (crabs and such). You won't find a spider in the ocean looking for crabs, but you'll find them in your home looking for insects, centipedes, millipedes, and other spiders. When you see a spider in your house, there is a good chance that you have other pests, or that you have a hungry and trapped spider. Routine spider sightings will rule out the second possibility.
- Most spiders are drawn to humid spaces. Do you know that a spider can dry out and die? Dehydration is a serious threat for a spider. It is one reason why spiders are found in tall grass and vegetation where moisture is trapped, and where raindrops are found on leaves. If you have a spider in your home, you'll likely find it in a bathroom, boiler room, or basement.
- Most spiders prefer secluded spaces. Do you know that wiping up dust can deter spiders from creating webs? They prefer to create webs on dirty and dusty surfaces that remind them of nature. This is one reason why you see more spider webs in your garage.
There are many reasons a spider can get into your home. Those spiders only do what is natural. Let's look at one more natural thing they do that you definitely don't want them doing inside your home.
Why You Don't Want Spiders Hanging Around Your House
When spiders in Kittitas County get into a home, they'll likely make webs. Those webs are unsightly, and you may already take steps to remove them, but we have even more incentive for you. Some spiders can mate indoors and create egg sacs in their webs. A single egg sac can have hundreds of spiders in it. While only a fraction of the spiders that hatch will make it to their adult stage, you definitely need to take steps to prevent spider eggs from hatching in your home. It will keep you from having lots of scary spiders creeping around in dark places and waiting to give you a jump scare. The good news is we don't have many dangerous spiders in Kittitas County. But, dangerous or not, it is best not to have spiders hanging around in your house.
Five Naturally Effective Spider Prevention Tips
Now that you know more about spiders, it is time to connect the dots. Let's look at the behavior patterns we mentioned above and link them to five ways you can naturally keep spiders out of your home. We'll also provide specific examples to get you started with your spider prevention strategy.
1. Remove The Hiding Places Near Your Home
Before spiders get inside, they explore your exterior. They hide underneath natural materials and also man-made items. Take steps to alter conditions near your home to reduce spider activity. Doing so will reduce the number of spiders that accidentally get inside.
- Move wood away from your exterior.
- Stay on top of yard work.
- Store objects indoors or away from your exterior.
- Trim and thin out your landscape vegetation.
2. Remove Holes
You can further deter spiders by removing the entry points they use to come indoors. Since spiders don't make holes, physical exclusions work well to deter them.
- Use a caulking gun to fill in holes and seal gaps.
- Replace damaged weatherstripping or door sweeps.
- Align double doors.
- Repair screens.
3. Remove Webs And Egg Sacs
Spider web and egg sac removal are critical for reducing spider populations and spider activity outdoors and indoors. On the outside of your home, it reduces the number of spiders that will get inside. On the inside of your home, it will reduce how many spiders you need to eliminate.
- Use a spider web removal tool to capture webs and egg sacs.
- Crush egg sacs.
- Wipe down surfaces and clean your garage to deter spiders from making webs in there.
4. Address Moisture And Humidity
Spiders, and the food spiders eat, are comfortable in a humid home. They're also in need of moisture to drink. Control the humidity and water sources and you make your home harder for pests to live in.
- Repair plumbing issues, like leaking faucets.
- Install a dehumidifier if needed.
- Install ventilation and fans if needed.
- Use the fan in your bathroom.
- Encapsulate the crawlspace under your home.
5. Get Rid Of The Spider Food
Spiders don't eat your food, but they eat the pests that eat your food. Impeccable sanitation and removal of food options can have a big impact on arthropods. It is also important to keep in mind that pests can live in your home even if there isn't a single scrap of human food to eat. They eat strange things such as dust, clothing, paper, hair, and toothpaste. You need to consider all food options that relate to the pests you find in your home. In some cases, direct control of pests is a requirement because their food source is part of the home, such as wallpaper, paintings, and rugs.
- Clean your home.
- Deep clean around appliances.
- Protect food that sits on the counter.
- Manage your trash and keep it covered.
- Put pet food down only at mealtimes.
- Clean dishes as you go.
- Store your pantry food in sealed containers.
- Maintain clean bathrooms.
- Consider only eating food in the kitchen or dining room.
Do you see how it all comes together? All-natural methods can have a big impact on spiders, but there are a few obvious challenges. If you are unable to reduce spider activity below your threshold of comfort, consider professional service.
Professional Pest Control Makes For The Best Spider Control
Since spiders eat the pests that get into your home, it only makes sense that keeping pests out will keep spiders out as well. Professionals use layers of control to prevent pest infestations. The Prosite Pest Control team uses spot treatments to reduce pest activity near your home, liquid barrier treatments to stop pests from getting in, and indoor treatments if necessary. We also remove spider webs around your home, get rid of egg sacs, and seal holes. The services we provide give the best protection against spider infestations. Best of all, you don't have to think about it. We take care of pest and spider control so you can focus on what matters to you.
If you're in Kittitas County, reach out to us. We're happy to answer your questions and guide you toward a control solution that works best for you.
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