Are you finding more spiders than normal in and around you home? This really could be a pest problem, no really.
Because most spiders are consuming other insects the solutions is sometime easier than you think. Getting a handle on all the other bugs will help reduce your spider population. Good perimeter pest control, with a high quality residual product.
There are plenty of different types of spiders in Texas, but most of them, even though they are creepy-looking, are harmless. Spiders are arachnids (eight legs), and natural predators of insect pests and other spiders. So, they're actually kind of good to have around. But it’s a good idea to make sure they are kept outside of your house.
The most common spiders you might encounter in your Cleveland home include:
- Common House spiders: These are usually brownish to yellowish-brown, and are commonly found in houses and other structures. They often have round abdomens and dark striping, and are harmless to humans. True to their name, most common house spiders are known to spend their entire lives indoors.
- Black Widow spiders: This is one of the best-known spiders, and can be very deadly. You don't want this spider in your home! The female is easily recognizable by her shiny black body, long skinny legs, and the red hourglass-shaped mark on its body. Bites look red, swollen, feature two puncture wounds, and should receive medical attention.
- Brown Recluse spiders: Brown Recluse spiders are light brown to yellowish-grey, and is definitely another spider you don't want at home. They have a distinguishing dark brown violin-shaped pattern on their bodies, and even though they avoid people and noise, if provoked, they will retaliate and bite. Their bite is toxic, starting out with red itching, and in later stages, look like your skin is melting away (necrosis). Bites from Brown Recluse spiders should also receive immediate medical attention.
What Attracts Spiders Into Your Home?
Spiders are most commonly attracted to food sources, aka, other bugs. Eliminating the presence of other bugs at home, like crickets and flies, will go a long way to getting rid of spiders.
Other draws for spiders include moisture (some spiders hide out in basements, crawl spaces, and other damp areas indoors) and dry environments (other spiders prefer dry environments like air vents, attics, and the upper corners of rooms).
How do I Stop Spiders Coming in My House?
Here are some prevention tips:
- Screens. Keep window and door screens repaired, as well as door sweeps and weatherproofing.
- Seal up entry points. Seal up cracks, crevices, and other holes around the outside of your home. Screen vents, and use steel wool to plug up pipe and utility entry points. This will also help keep other insects out.
- Landscaping: Keep woodpiles, mulch, and other organic materials as far away from your house as possible. Keep your lawn trimmed and clean up yard clutter. Trim back shrubs and trees at least 6 to 12 inches from the side of your home.
- Lighting: Fewer bright lights = fewer spiders attracted to your home. Replace bright white lights outside with yellow lights.
Spiders and the insects they hunt are going to get into your home, no matter what. But you can put preventive steps into place. Even then, spiders may still be a problem. Are you overwhelmed by a spider infestation? Worse yet, are you overwhelmed by a poisonous spider problem? Contact our Cleveland, TX pest control experts. We can help you and your family enjoy life without creepy spiders and other pests!