April 20, 2021
Why Are There So Many Spiders In My Montgomery Home?
Have you ever taken the time to look at the corners of your ceilings? Depending on how well you take care of your home, you might see a spider in every other corner. They aren’t big or menacing, but they’re there. Spinning their webs that collect dust, pet hair, and insects, spiders can leave their mark all over a house.
Your home might have such a spider problem that it seems like they’re an unavoidable fact of life, but you’ll be happy to hear that spider problem can, in fact, be avoided. Once you realize what’s bringing them into your home, you might have a chance to avoid being overrun with spiders and cobwebs.
Harmless, For The Most Part
Most of the spiders common to the Montgomery area are not a threat to humans. However, they can be unpleasant house guests in their own ways. Jumping spiders are very small, but they can jump nearly 25 times their own body length. These brown or black spiders can give you quite the scare as they jump at you from the dark corners of your basement.
Common house spiders are another non-threatening spider that many local homeowners have to deal with. If you incur a house spider infestation, they’ll reproduce rapidly and fill the corners of your rooms with unsightly webs. Other spiders, like wolf spiders, do not use webs to hunt but will crawl very quickly through your home as they search for their pest prey.
Most spiders can’t transfer their venom to humans, the only two local spiders that are a health hazard to humans are the brown recluse and the black widow spider. A bite from one of these may require medical attention.
Even though these pests are rare, you’ll want to watch out for them. You can differentiate these hazardous spiders from other spiders on your property by their unique markings: the black widow has a bulbous abdomen with a red hourglass marking, and the brown recluse has a darker brown marking on its back that resembles a violin.
Spider Prevention Done Right
When spiders invade your home, they only have one thing in mind: food. Spiders feed on insects, so they usually stay outside in areas of low human interaction and high pest activity. So what does that tell you about your home if you have a spider infestation? Unfortunately, it means you probably have severe pest issues that you might not even know about.
Even though spiders themselves are difficult to keep out, you can limit their attraction by addressing other pest issues. In order to make it harder for spiders to get into your house and reduce their attraction to your property, we recommended the following pest-prevention practices:
- Regular cleaning: Wiping down tables/counters, along with vacuuming and mopping the floors can help prevent loose crumbs from building up and attracting unwanted pest activity.
- Clearing up the clutter: insects and spiders love clutter in the yard and in the house. Organized, open spaces, however, are very intimidating to pests and will reduce your chances of an infestation.
- Moisture management: most pests love hanging out in dark, damp environments. Controlling your moisture issues by monitoring your pipes for leaks and placing a dehumidifier in humid areas can help you avoid pest activity as well.
- Entry points: sealing up cracks and crevices with caulking can help prevent insect and spider entry. You should also monitor your screens for tears and holes.
Unfortunately, you can do everything on this list and still wind up with a spider infestation. The only guaranteed method for keeping pest infestations at bay is through professional assistance. Call Bill Clark Pest Control today to get rid of pests and spiders for good.
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