San Francisco Bay Area & Monterey’s Complete Guide To Spider Control

Last Modified on October 11, 2021 by Zachary Smith

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For most San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey homeowners, spiders aren’t a happy sight. Whether it’s a house spider, crab spider, daddy-long-legs, or a garden spider, these critters can signal bigger trouble. And, while most of our local eight-legged friends are harmless, some native species, like the black widow, can be dangerous.

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Here’s what you should know about how spiders end up in San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey homes, how to handle them, and how you can prevent them from making their way back in the future.

Why and How Do Spiders Get Into San Francisco Bay Area And Monterey Homes?

Unfortunately, there are several ways for spiders to get inside your home, such as:

  • Common entryway points, like doors, windows, or window screens
  • Small holes, gaps, or cracks in the walls and foundation
  • Gaps around cables, pipes, or plumbing lines
  • Hiding in other objects that you bring into your home, like firewood, storage boxes, camping equipment, or plants

Although there are no shortage of entry points for spiders, the more concerning question for homeowners is why spiders are getting in. Some spiders may make their way inside during the cooler months, but most of the time, spiders are there to eat other insects. If you’re seeing an abundance of these eight-legged creatures, it’s a good indicator you’ve got another pest issue on your hands.

How To Handle A Spider Or Other Pest Infestation In Your San Francisco Bay Area And Monterey Home

Whether you’re worried about a spider infestation or you suspect that these critters are covering up another pest issue, the best way to handle any infestation is with professional help. DIY pest control methods, like OTC sprays or traps, are rarely effective at handling the root problem, and some sprays are just not pet or kid-friendly.

At Smith’s Pest Management, we don’t shy away from these eight-legged critters, regardless of whether we’re dealing with house spiders or black widows. For San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey homes, we offer two main spider services: a de-webbing service and spray treatment.

Spiderwebs are one decoration that your home doesn’t need, and with our de-webbing service, we’ll take care of removing them in and around your property. We also offer an optional application of our product, Web Out, for further cobweb elimination.

Our second service, spray treatment, rids your home of the actual spiders by using organic and non-organic treatment sprays. Before we spray anything, we’ll inspect your property and talk with you to determine which spray treatment is the right choice for your particular spider infestation.

Since spiders can sometimes signal other pest issues, our spider services do more than just rid your home of these eight-legged creatures – we’ll also make sure you don’t have any other troublesome pests on your hands.

How To Prevent Spiders And Their Prey From Getting Inside

Although professional pest services like Smith Pest Management are the best way to handle current infestations, there are measures you can take to prevent future infestations from spiders or the prey they may be after.

  • Seal common entry points for spiders, such as small gaps and cracks.
  • Don’t allow areas with excess moisture, like standing water or leaky pipes, to go unaddressed.
  • Regularly clean up cluttered areas in your home that may give spiders a hiding spot.
  • Seal your trash, recycling, and composting bins .
  • Don’t leave leftover food or pet food out.
  • Keep your food in airtight containers and proper storage areas, like your fridge or pantry.

The steps above may not prevent all spiders from getting inside, but they can help prevent future spider infestations or issues. However, if you think that you may already have a spider problem in your San Francisco Bay Area or Monterey home, contact us at Smith’s Pest Management today.

Author Bio: Zach Smith

Landscape Pro Turned Gopher Pro: Owner, Zach Smith, graduate of Cal Poly’s Horticulture program worked nine years as a landscape professional- dealing with gophers, moles, and ground squirrels and was quickly recruited by other local gardeners. Fast forward to the past 15+ years, where Zach and his team trap and remove burrowing pests from residential, municipal and commercial properties throughout the San Francisco Bay area, from Marin to Monterey.