Spider Wars: How To Win The Battle Against Arachnids In Roseville
Here in California, spiders can be a major problem for many homeowners. We have many different types of spiders that can invade our homes, and while it's normal to have a few of these arachnids crawling around your house, it's a whole different ball game when there are thousands of them.
Unfortunately, it's very easy to wind up with thousands of spiders in your home because they can hatch hundreds of babies in a single egg sac. This means spider prevention should be a major part of your Roseville pest control plan.
Spider Behavior: How They Hunt, Feed, And Mate
Spiders are obligate predators, which means they don't scavenge and cannot eat unless they are able to access live prey. This, in turn, means that spiders don't really have much motivation to come into your home. They don't want your garbage, they're not interested in your pantry, and they do not need your heat or air conditioning.
Spiders only enter your home for one thing: live prey. If you have an infestation of cockroaches, flies, moths, or other pests like these, spiders will follow. They may weave webs to catch flying insects, or they may actively stalk their prey, but spiders kill or paralyze their prey with their venom before feeding on them. This is how they feed, and it's why if you have an infestation of prey, you may start to see a major uptick in spider activity.
If there is enough prey to sustain a spider infestation, they will start breeding. Females lay their eggs in a sac that can contain hundreds or even thousands of little spiderlings. This is why it's so easy for a spider infestation to balloon into a huge problem within a few weeks or months.
Spider Problems: Why You Don't Want These Arachnids In Your Home
Lucky for us, most California spiders are harmless to people. They are all venomous, of course, but most spiders do not have venom that is potent enough to do serious damage. The most significant symptom most of us will experience from a spider bite is pain and swelling at the site of the bite that will go away on its own.
However, there are a couple of exceptions to this general rule. The black widow is the most notable of these. This dangerous spider packs a powerful neurotoxin that can cause serious symptoms that require medical intervention. Black widow spiders are not usually mortal threats to adults, but their bites can be fatal to small children and pets. Many adults will experience symptoms that are unpleasant enough to require a costly and even more unpleasant trip to the ER or urgent care clinic.
Preventing Spider Infestations In Your Home: Tips And Tricks
Unfortunately, there are not many ways to kill spiders once they are established in your home. This is why preventing spiders from becoming a problem is a much easier and more affordable solution. The best way to make your home unattractive to spiders is to ensure there's nothing for them to eat inside it. This means you have to have a robust pest prevention plan that can keep out all sorts of insects, like flies, cockroaches, and ants.
The good news is a lot of the same pest prevention measures will work for most spider prey. Do things like:
- Keep all indoor and outdoor garbage covered.
- Store all pantry foods in airtight containers.
- Seal cracks and holes in your home's exterior to prevent pest entry.
- Never leave pet foods or dirty pet bowls sitting out.
- Clean and declutter frequently to eliminate stray crumbs and hiding places.
- Repair moisture problems like leaky pipes or clogged drainage.
Taking measures like these will make your house a less attractive place for spider prey, which makes it a less attractive place for spiders.
Professional Pest Control: A Great Spider Control Solution
Unfortunately, spiders can be some of the most stubborn pests on the planet once they decide your home is a good place to set up shop. This is partially because spider control products are few and far between and also because you don't just have to get rid of spiders, but you also have to get rid of the pests drawing them into your home.
We can help you do both here at Bell Pest Control. Our technicians are experts in all of our home state's local spider varieties, and we can also help you discover any additional infestations that are attracting spiders into your home and get rid of those as well. So don't try to deal with creepy and potentially dangerous spiders on your own. Just call us or visit our contact page to get started today.