October 15, 2020
Montgomery’s Step-By-Step Guide To Effective Spider Prevention
Some pests may be relatively harmless in and of themselves, but they can still be a sign of larger, more pervasive pest infestations. Often, that means spiders, which are common property invaders but are only driven to do so in search of other pests to feed on. Learning how to prevent other pest infestations will help you to stay spider-free.
Common Spiders Still Mean Big Problems
While it’s true that most spiders you’re likely to encounter aren’t particularly dangerous -- most don’t even bite and many that do aren’t highly venomous -- it’s still important to take spider prevention seriously. Not only do they leave their webs all over the place, but spiders almost always accompany a larger pest infestation. They are hunters that prey on smaller bugs such as foraging pests that invade in search of crumbs or traces of food. While common spiders come in many varieties, you can tell them apart from other bugs with these features:
- Legs: Unlike insects, which have six legs, spiders are arachnids, which have eight legs.
- Size: Even the world’s largest spiders are several hundred times smaller than the average human, and common nuisance spiders can be downright tiny. Still, they are large enough to hunt other critters and, generally speaking, spiders can grow pretty big if left to thrive.
- Webs: No other common pest spins webs as spiders do. If you spot webs outside or in the corners of your home, spiders are surely nearby.
Spider Prevention = Pest Control
Since spiders are driven onto properties in search of bugs to eat, it’s important to take overall pest control seriously. The following are key steps you can take to reduce factors that attract bugs:
- Food storage: Spiders don’t care about your meals, but the foraging pests they hunt do. Make sure food is stored in secure areas and in containers that aren’t easy for a bug to chew through. Clean up any crumbs or spills.
- Trash storage: The same goes for the food waste that’s leftover after meals. Trash bins should be lidded and trash securely bagged.
- Crack sealing: Small bugs can fit in tight spaces, so it’s important to fix any potential entry points by addressing cracks or holes in your walls and foundation.
How To Keep Spiders Out
Now let’s focus on a few steps that, while they can also help address overall pest problems, are targeted specifically toward reducing spider populations:
- Web sweeping: Disrupting the webs that spiders leave behind to catch their prey can deter them from continuing to encroach in those areas. Keep in mind, though, that spotting webs means a population is likely already growing and more serious measures will be needed to eliminate it.
- Debris clearing: Spiders hide out in dark areas while they rest and they often go out to check for catches in their webs during the night. As such, any debris that provides nooks to nest in, both out in the yard or inside of structures, will be a magnet for spiders.
- Wood Storage: Many spider species specifically prefer woody areas, so storing woodpiles or other debris too close to your home can attract spiders to come in close.
We Are Here To Help
Whether spiders have already invaded your property or you simply need assistance with proper pest prevention to make sure no existing populations attract spiders, the best course of action is to call the experts. At Bill Clark Pest Control, our staff can provide you with even more tips and tricks to protect yourself and your family from spiders and the things they feed on. If an infestation is already there, you can count on our trained technicians to thoroughly root out the problem -- and take steps to make sure it doesn’t come back.
Don’t let nuisance spiders prowl your property, contact your local pest professionals today.
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