Different types of spiders can infest your home. And contrary to what many homeowners may think, not all spiders are harmful. In fact, most of them are quite beneficial because they feed on other bugs that may be a nuisance in your home. However, since it can be quite hard to tell which spiders are harmful and which ones aren't, it would be a good idea to keep all kinds of spiders at bay. There are a few effective spider control tips you can try on your own before you call a spider exterminator. Here are three.
Keep Your Space Tidy
Like most if not all pests, spiders will often try to hide out. By cleaning your house regularly, you reduce the number of spaces available for the spiders to hide out. Therefore, sweep and clean your floors and even ceilings. Focus on areas such as under your bed and behind your furniture and appliances where the spiders are likely to hide.
Also, declutter your house all the way from your bedrooms to the garage. Whether it's dirty clothes in your bedroom, old newspapers in your living room and in your cabinets, or old boxes in your garage, all these can create the perfect hiding spots for spiders. Don't forget about the food scraps and leftover food in your kitchen. Food sources won't attract the spiders themselves. Instead, they will attract other insects, which are the sources of food for spiders.
Seal the Entry Points
Many pests will creep into your home any chance they get, and spiders are no exception. Therefore, locate cracks, holes, and crevices in your walls and cabinets and have them sealed. Gaps in your window and door frames should also be fixed. Sealing the entry points will keep more spiders from finding their way into your home. You can even use glue traps to direct you to the source of the spider infestation.
Reduce the Amount of Outdoor Lighting
If possible, reduce the amount of outdoor lighting. While the spiders won't be drawn to the bright light, other bugs will. And since spiders feed on other insects, they will be attracted to the lighting. Therefore, you can consider using slightly dimmer and yellow lights. Such lights will attract fewer bugs and spiders too. However, outdoor lighting is usually essential when it comes to security. Therefore, if you cannot have dimmer lights, consider moving the brighter sources of light a little farther from your house.
For more information, contact your local pest control service.
Hello, my name is Frieda, and I have a small phobia of bugs and mice. As a result, I have learned everything possible about keeping these critters out of my home. As I have had all of my old pets artfully positioned by taxidermists, I have also learned niche skills such as keeping pests out of the fur of taxidermy animals. In this blog, I am going to put together the best of everything I know along with some tips from the pros. I hope you find the info you need to live a happy, healthy life in a bug and pest-free home. --Frieda