Spiders are often the most hated or feared insect among homeowners, not because they cause problems—in fact, they actually eat other insects present in the home—but because they look intimidating and people often associate all spiders will the rare venomous and dangerous ones. However, out of the nearly 40,000 species of spiders in the world, the brown recluse and black widow are the only two poisonous spiders that could potentially be present in North America.
Behavior and Habits
Spiders are often attracted to damp, dark and moist areas like basements and crawl spaces. Other spiders are attracted to dry, warm areas like vents and corners of rooms.
Controlling and Treating Spiders
- Pesticides – Pesticides can be effective when strategically sprayed on cracks where spiders may commonly go in and out of, like between a baseboard and carpet or between a window and trim. The key is spraying the pesticides where spiders are going in and out of, rather than just walking on the surface, so that the pesticides can penetrate their bodies.
- Eliminating Spiders’ Food Source – The presence of spiders in the home is often a signifier of other pests being present. Tackling those pests will eliminate the spiders’ food source and deter them from coming in the home.
- Sticky Traps/Glue Traps – These traps are the non-toxic route that are effective at eliminating both spiders and the other insects that attract them. Placing these traps in key places around your home can give you clues as to where they are entering from, and from there you can look for cracks that need caulked.
Preventing Spiders in the Future
Getting rid of spiders is something our expert team can handle with ease, but it’s always better to prevent a problem than have to repeatedly handle it. In order to prevent spiders of any kind in the future, you can do the following:
- Repair damages – Holes created by carpenter spiders can sometimes invite them to return next year. Be sure to fill in the holes, ideally in the fall when they are inactive. Since carpenter spiders tend to bore holes in untreated wood, you should consider treating wood structures with stain or paint to deter them.
- Clean often – Keeping spider webs around only encourages them to stick around. Vacuuming away old spider webs and spiders will prevent the problem from getting worse. In addition, cleaning often ensures you find other insects that are present in the home, which act as a food source to spiders.
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