Ever looked at a spider and thought to yourself, “I want more of those inside my home.”? Probably not. Most people go out of their way to avoid these creepy eight-legged pests and are willing to put in the effort to keep them out of their living areas. If you dislike the idea of spiders crawling around inside your home, we are here to help. Here are four no-sweat spider-prevention tips to use around your home.
Knock Down Webs
Not all spiders make intricate webs, but the ones that do need them to survive. To start on your journey to a spider-free home, start by inspecting your home’s exterior for webs. Knock down any you find using a long broom. For webs higher up beneath the eaves of your roofline, consider using an extendable pole or a power washer.
The spiders that don’t make intricate webs typically hunt from the ground. Two examples of ground spiders that live in our area are the wolf spider and the brown recluse. These invasive eight-legged pests hide and hunt around cluttered areas. To reduce your chances of finding ground spiders around your home, we recommend organizing your storage areas and eliminating as much clutter as possible.
Make Sure Your Home’s Exterior Is Sealed
Spiders do not just come into homes through open doors and windows, but also through gaps, cracks, and other structural damage. To make invasion more difficult for spiders and other pests that want to get into your home, try these simple exclusion tips.
- Identify and seal gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation and around window/door frames using a caulking gun.
- Install door sweeps under exterior doors.
- Reinstall or replace weatherstripping around your home that is damaged.
- Keep unscreened doors and windows closed as much as possible.
- Repair damage to window/door screens around your home.
- Address other damage to your home’s exterior that might allow spiders a way inside.
Prevent The Pests Spiders Hunt
A spider’s main reason to invade a home is to hunt for other pests like insects, arthropods, and other arachnids. For this reason, we recommend using general pest prevention strategies to deter spiders. Here are nine great ones you have to try.
- Eliminate sources of water build-up in and around your home.
- Make sure your gutters are working properly.
- Fix leaky piping and fixtures.
- Keep your grass cut short and bushes/tree branches trimmed away from your home’s exterior.
- Eliminate debris around your yard.
- Thoroughly clean your home and do your best to keep up with food messes and drink spills as they occur.
- Avoid feeding pets outdoors and clean out their bowls after every meal.
- Turn off exterior lights at night or invest in insect-resistant light bulbs.
- Store leftover food inside airtight containers.
One Great Option To Handle Spiders
Preventing spiders on your own is a stressful task. Even more stressful is investing hours of your life implementing DIY, only to still have trouble with invasive pests. If you are looking for a simpler and less stressful way to prevent spiders (and the pests they invade to hunt) from coming into your home, look no further than Alta Pest Control. Our team is dedicated to high-quality service and uses only the most advanced methods and treatments when servicing homes in our area. We don’t just have the tools for the job, we have the heart to get it done right.
Call us today and learn more about our dedicated pest control professionals and schedule a time to have your home treated for spiders.