The sight of a spider can make your skin crawl, but the truth is that they are more afraid of you than you are of them. Depending on the season, you may notice an increase in the number of spiders in your home. Spiders can primarily be found in basements, crawl spaces and other damp areas in homes or buildings. Some spiders have also been known to dwell in warm, dry places like subfloor air vents, room corners, and attics.
Spiders are Pest Controllers
Spiders actually are not insects. They belong to the Arachnids family which includes:
Spiders feed on other insects such as ant, flies, and mosquitoes in and around your home.
Types of Spiders
The several, most common species of spiders include the:
- American House Spider – found inside and around the home (corners, under furniture, near windows); is not poisonous
- Black Widow Spider – found mostly in the Southern U.S.; extremely poisonous
- Brown Recluse Spider – hides under furniture, in clothing and shoes; poisonous
- Cellar/Daddy Longlegs Spider – primarily found in basements or places with large amounts of moisture; venomous to their prey (insects)
- Wolf Spider – larger than most spiders and tend to hide during the day; not venomous; found outside of the home
Ways to Get Rid Spiders
There are a number of ways to get rid of spiders. Vacuuming and dusting have to be consistent. Some other suggestions are:
- Clean your air ducts once a season
- If you live in an older home with radiators, be sure to dust and wipe down your radiators with a damp cloth
- Use an extended duster to clean ceilings, light fixtures, and corners
- Vacuum behind and beneath sofas, chairs, beds, etc.
- Make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed.
- Inspect walls and baseboards and caulk where necessary.
You can also use natural deterrents to rid your home of spiders. The same methods used to control ants and cockroaches will deter spiders too — Peppermint oil or vinegar or the two combined work as a natural solution. You can spray your windowsills, corners, and entryways with the solution.
If you’ve tried these methods and still can’t get rid of the pesky critters in or around your home contact ProTech Termite and Pest Control to request a free inspection and estimate, you can also request an online pest control consultation. Our highly trained professional exterminators will address your pest control issue and create a thorough extermination plan to make your home pest free.