Sharing Your Home With Spiders? Tips For Evicting These Scary Squatters
Autumn is the time when most homeowners begin preparing for the cold weather that will force them to spend more time indoors. Unfortunately, many of the spider species who have spent their summer quite happily outdoors are also making preparations to seek shelter from the cold, and your home is probably their first choice. If you are tired of seeing these silent, eight-legged squatters within the living areas of your home, the following tips can help you make your house into a spider-free zone.
Know your enemy
The first step in dealing with a spider problem is to learn more about them and their habits. Like most species of insects, not all spiders are capable of producing enough venom to make their bite a serious risk to humans or pets. By attempting to identify the spiders you are unwillingly sharing your home with, you will be able to more easily determine how to deal with them. Since some spiders primarily use webs to passively catch their prey, while others actively hunt, or can jump or run very quickly, knowing what type of spider you are dealing with can be helpful in determining how to rid your home of them.
Rid Your Home of Spider Habitat
Spiders are stealthy creatures and can often live with their human hosts for long periods of time without being seen. This is especially true in homes where there are plentiful opportunities for them to find appealing habitat, including:
- clutter, especially stacks of boxes or piles of newspapers and magazines
- spaces that are infrequently used and poorly lit, such as shelving and storage areas in attics, basements, and garages
- places where moisture is available from leaks or condensation on plumbing pipes, such as under the sink, in laundry rooms, or behind the toilet
Clearing away clutter and taking steps to repair leaks or insulate pipes to eliminate water sources can be very effective in helping to control spider activity in your home.
Stop serving meals
Spiders also require nourishment and will be more attracted to homes where they can find a plentiful source of their favorite insects to consume. Homeowners who are also dealing with another type of insect problem may be encouraging spider interest with the offer of a plentiful food supply.
Stopping a spider invasion and preventing another one from occurring each year is easier with the assistance of a pest control specialist. These experts can identify the spiders you are seeing and design a customized plan for eliminating them from your home. For more information, contact a company like Godfather's Exterminating, Inc. today.