Spiders invade your home in pursuit of shelter, warmth, and food. These household pests are known to stake out their territory in your home, especially during the cold winter months. While some spider species are beneficial to homeowners, as they’ll feed on mosquitoes, flies, and other disease-carrying pests, other spider species can pose a serious health threat.
Despite a spider’s pest-control properties, these household pests are both unsightly and capable of striking fear into the hearts of your home’s residents. While most spider species are generally harmless, they’re among the most widely-feared pests known to infest your home. Unfortunately, these household pests are small and can retreat to tight spaces when threatened—making it difficult to locate and exterminate these pests.
While most spiders are venomous, the vast majority of spider bites are characterized as dry, meaning venom isn’t injected during the biting process. Unfortunately, poisonous species like the black widow give these household pests a bad name, despite a spider’s ability to eradicate other household pests that terrorize your home.
So, how can you resolve a spider infestation inside your home? Here are a few tips-and-tricks that you can use to successfully eliminate spiders scurrying around your home. As you devise a pest control plan, you’ll want to employ the strategies and hire professionals like those at Moxie Pest Control that’ll meet your specific needs.
Call an Exterminator
Exterminators understand spiders and other pests’ life cycles and habits. With their expertise, you’ll be able to achieve a pest-free home in no time. These professional exterminators will be able to prescribe the right removal strategies and effectively rid homes of spider infestations.
A spider’s sinister appearance may be enough for a homeowner to opt-out of DIY pest control solutions. When or if you decide to contact a professional pest control provider, these companies will charge a customer for these spider extermination services. While these services vary in cost, most would agree that it’s a small price to pay in exchange for a pest-free home.
Seal up the home
Spiders are known to squeeze into the smallest nooks and crannies of your home. To locate the spiders infesting your home, inspect the walls, floors, and baseboards for holes and seal them accordingly. Blocking these entrances ensures that these poisonous and non-poisonous spiders don’t infest your home.
Before you eliminate spiders for good, you’ll need to cross off your pest control checklist. Are your windows and backdoors equipped with screen protection? Have you sealed gaping holes or crevices?
As a preventative measure, install a protective screen in each unprotected door. Otherwise, spiders can easily gain entry via unscreened doors and windows. This simple solution can significantly reduce the number of spiders that currently occupy your home, while simultaneously minimizing your risk of future infestations.
Remove vegetation from home’s perimeter
A home’s vegetation can affect its susceptibility to spider infestations. When possible, transplant trees, plants, shrubs, and ivy away from the perimeter of the home, if you’re experiencing a spider infestation. Relocating your plant life can help ensure that spiders don’t utilize this vegetation to gain access to your home.
Stone, mulch, leaves, and other debris may also attract spiders to a home. Relocate these items or consider removing them entirely for optimal effect.
Tidy up the house
Keeping your home clutter-free and well-sanitized can help reduce the presence of spiders. Once you’ve disposed of unnecessary clutter, a spider won’t be able to seek refuge in their common hiding spots. Unsurprisingly, homes packed with clutter are ideal breeding grounds for spiders that have invaded your household. Carving out time in your schedule for everyday tidying can help reduce the risk of spider infestation.
While performing daily cleaning rituals is an effective strategy against household pests, concentrating on the kitchen area is vital. Not only does clearing clutter free-up space in your home but promotes a pest-free home.
To prevent spiders, don’t leave unsealed containers on counters or tables, and wipe down countertops and appliances after every use. A homeowner should also keep dishes out of the sink, as spiders like to snack on food particles found on used dishes. As a final precaution, you’ll need to sweep, mop, and vacuum floors regularly.
Get rid of egg sacs and spider webs
Using a vacuum cleaner is an easy solution to rid your home of spider webs and spider egg sacs. As your vacuum collects dust and spider egg sacs lodged in your carpet fibers, you’re able to reduce the presence of spiders inside your home. This pest control solution works best for small-scale spider infestations. If you don’t own a vacuum cleaner, a broom will suffice.
Search for an indoor, non-toxic insecticide for spiders that you can apply in living spaces, dark corners, and basement storage areas. If you choose to hire an exterminator, these professionals can recommend a spray that will target infesting spiders. Additional information is available online at no charge when you consult the pest control experts.
Once you’ve purchased an insecticide, spray the solution in the corners of the home and in hard-to-reach areas, as spiders often conceal themselves using the structures of your home, clutter, and debris. Remember, these pests are always nearby. Just because they are out-of-sight doesn’t mean they should be out-of-mind.
To successfully eradicate and prevent these pests, read the instructions on the label, and follow them closely. Improper use of insecticides can result in accidental poisonings or food contamination.
Some homeowners may prefer all-natural spider solutions. While chemical-based pest control solutions dominate the market, there are many options to naturally rid your home of spiders. Experiment with or two essential oils until you’ve found the perfect concoction to exterminate spiders in your home.
As a first test, place horse chestnuts around the house—a remedy your grandmother might’ve used. Horse chestnuts are effective, affordable, and safe-to-use, unlike other competing pest control methods. Lavender and Eucalyptus oil can also stop spiders from entering your home. Peppermint oil and tea tree oil are two natural remedies known to eliminate spiders wedged in the cracks of your home.
Whether you side with natural remedies or potent chemical solutions, proactive pest control should be a top priority. Otherwise, you and your loved ones may be vulnerable to poisonous spider bites and spider-borne diseases.