3 Ways to Keep Spiders Out of Your Home
For many people, there’s nothing quite as terrifying as seeing a spider on the floor, the wall, or even the ceiling. Spiders are some of the creepiest of the creepy-crawly line-up and keeping them out of your home has to be your top priority. These tips can help.
- Remember to eliminate dust and clutter wherever possible. Spiders are looking for a safe place to live and hide, and the fewer spaces you give them, the less likely you are to see them. Vacuum in those hidden spaces like under the couch and under the bed too.
- Look outside your home to see what might attract spiders (and other pests) in. If you keep bushes and plants well-trimmed and away from the foundation of your home, mulch and stone at least an inch or two out from the foundation, cracks and holes sealed, and screens on both windows and doors tight, you’ll have fewer problems with spiders.
- Humid homes seem to attract more spiders. If you can, install a dehumidifier in your home, and you’ll be far less likely to have a large spider population.
Even if you follow all of these tips, you may still see a stray spider or two. While it’s always a good idea to contact pest control professionals if you think you have an ongoing problem with spiders, understanding a bit more about them may help you decide how serious the problem is.
Thousands of spider species exist around the globe. They all have eight legs and two distinct body segments. Most about four pairs of eyes. They all, however, produce an elastic like silk that is strong enough to spin webs, make egg sacs, and even line their dwellings. The actual shape of the web, though, depends on the type of spider. Spiders, unlike cockroaches, aren’t always together. If you see one spider, you’re not automatically infested. Moreover, while there are a few notable exceptions, few of the spiders that you’ll find inside are actually dangerous. Learning which ones are most common in your area may help you decide if your spider problem is very serious.
If you do think you have a serious spider problem, grabbing a can of this or that at the hardware store is going to do you very little good. Instead, your best bet is to call for professional help immediately, as they can identify the type of infestation and target it with the ideal solution, keeping needless chemicals to a minimum.