It can be unpleasant to have spiders crawling around inside your Santa Clara County home. They’re also messy pests that leave their webs for you to clean up. Today, we’re going to tell you some facts about spiders that can help you prevent them from being a creepy nuisance inside your home.
Spiders Love Moisture
Some spiders are attracted to damp areas around, and inside, your home. But even spiders that can tolerate dry conditions are drawn to damp areas because water is one of the building blocks of life. All spiders need water to survive. If you have standing water near your home, you’ll have more trouble with spiders. Here are some tips for controlling moisture:
- Clean your gutters and make sure that rainwater is flowing through your system and not over the edge and down your exterior walls.
- Trim branches to let the sunlight do its job of drying your perimeter.
- Water your plants in the morning so the sun has time dry things up.
- Fix plumbing issues that promote dampness.
Spiders Love Insects
If your home has lots of spiders, it is likely that it also has lots of other pests. Spiders eat insects and invertebrates. They’ll explore your exterior, crawl around in your landscaping, and climb your walls in search of tasty bugs to eat. When you reduce bugs, you reduce the spiders that come to eat them. Here are some tips for reducing insects and invertebrates:
- Keep exterior lights off at night where it is not a security concern. Insects are attracted to light.
- Replace white bulbs with insect-resistant yellow light bulbs.
- Make sure your trash receptacles are cleaned periodically and that your receptacles have closed lids.
- Remove objects and organic debris near your home to reduce hiding places and harborage for bugs.
- Keep vegetation trimmed and remove unnecessary vegetation. This allows for better airflow, which can help to keep the topsoil dry.
Spiders Get Into Holes
In nature, spiders can be found hiding in ground holes, tucked away inside tree holes, and deep inside the hollow voids of stumps. So you shouldn’t find it surprising that spiders are getting into your home. They’re just doing what comes naturally to them. You can reduce how many spiders get into your home by sealing entry points. Here are some tips:
- Fix damaged screens, door sweeps and weatherstripping.
- Patch any cracks in your foundation walls.
- Fill in gaps around pipes and wire conduit.
- Fill in holes created by wood-damaging pests. A caulking gun is a great tool for making temporary patches.
- Seal gaps around door and window frames.
- Adjust exterior doors if there are gaps in the rubber weatherstripping seal.
- Replace broken window panes.
General Spider Prevention
Once you’ve dealt with attractants, it helps to perform some general maintenance to reduce spider populations. One helpful tip we can give is the removal of spider webs when you see them. Spiders can have eggs in their webs. When those eggs hatch, hundreds of spiderlings can emerge. The removal of webs also gets rid of the tool spiders use to capture their prey to get a bite to eat. If you keep doing this, they’ll get hungry and move somewhere else to get a meal. If you use a duster to remove spider webs, consider putting diatomaceous earth on it. This helps with long-lasting control of spiders.
How We Can Help
Removing spider webs around your exterior can be difficult because spiders can create them in high places. This is one of many reasons ongoing residential pest control is helpful to have. Professionals have long poles to reach difficult places where spiders establish their webs. A licensed pest professional will also be able to give you the best control for insects and invertebrates that spiders eat. If spiders are a concern for you, an effective residential pest control plan is the best solution. Plus, your professional pest control service will give you coverage for pests that can be harmful to your health and property. The pest management team at Smith’s specializes in the control of the worst pests we deal with: mice and rats. For more information or to request a free quote, reach out to us. We’re here to help.
Kourtney B. - Los Gatos, CA
My chicken coop was put up five years ago. I went out one night and almost had a heart attack because there was probably 100 rats in with the chickens. I called Smith’s and the problem was solved quickly. No more rats!