Now that it’s spring and the temperatures are warming up, you won’t be the only one who wants to get out. Spiders will also start to emerge this time of year. While most spiders are beneficial and kill most insects that enter your home, most people would rather not share a home with them. This is why we at United Pest Solutions have come up with some tips to help prevent spiders this spring.
What Attracts Spiders?
One way to help prevent spiders is to know what attracts them in the first place such as their diet. These small eight-legged creatures eat insects, like ants, flies, moths, and more. While rare, they have also been known to eat other spiders. With that being said, spiders will go wherever their prey is, so with ants and other insects becoming more active, spider activity may also run more rampant.
Spiders hatch in the spring, which is another reason you may see more spiders around your home this time of year.
How to Prevent Spiders
Exclusion means to put up a barrier to keep pests out. Since spiders can fit through the smallest of cracks, you’ll want to replace old/damaged weather stripping, install door sweeps, and caulk around windows as a form of spider exclusion.
Reduce Indoor Pests
As mentioned above, spiders often enter homes in search of a meal. So if you have ants or other insects in your home, you should contact a pest control technician to eliminate the problem.
Change Your Exterior Lights
Insects are attracted to lights, so don’t be surprised if you begin to see spiders near your lights as well. They’re not after the warmth, they’re after the sustenance. Replace your light bulbs with sodium vapor bulbs to help deter insects from your home.
Cleanliness is important when it comes to preventing most pest infestations, including spiders. Declutter your home, vacuum thoroughly, and dust. Pay particular attention to corners and beneath furniture. Spiders often hang out in dark areas where they’ll go undisturbed.
Hire a Spider Control Expert
Whether you have a current spider infestation or simply want to prevent one from happening, contact your local pest control company. They’re experts when it comes to pests after all. They know about spider habits and behaviors. They’ll be able to inspect your home, identify vulnerable areas, and recommend solutions.
If you’re in the Seattle WA area and are in need of effective spider control, give United Pest Solutions a call. We’ve been protecting homes and businesses throughout the area for over 60 years.