There are few pests that are as creepy as spiders, both figuratively and literally. Spiders creep into our yards, crawl on the plants next to our homes, and sneak up our exterior walls. When they find their way inside, they crawl on our walls and across our floors. But the worst part isn't all that creepy crawling they do; it's the messy webs they spin for you to clean up. We have some great tips for you today if you'd prefer to avoid that messy chore.
In this article, we will share interesting facts about common spiders in Elk Grove and tell you how you can outsmart spiders. We'll provide some tips to help you avoid unwanted encounters and keep spiders from entering your home. We'll also discuss how to get rid of spiders. We're going to cover a lot of ground today.
As always, we're here if you need local spider control in Elk Grove. Your Bell Pest Controlservice team uses smart, science-based solutions to deal with many common pests, including a variety of spider species. Connect with us through our Contact Us page or by phone for quick answers.
Interesting Facts About The Common House Spider
When spiders in Elk Grove come onto your property or get into your home, they will behave a certain way. If you understand their behavior patterns, you can use the knowledge to help you with spider control. Let's review some facts every resident should know about spiders and spider control.
Entry Points: A spider can only do what you allow it to do. For example, a spider that crawls on a door with fresh weatherstripping will not find a tiny gap to enter. Spiders don't chew holes in building materials; if you block their ability to get inside, they stay outdoors.
Sanitation: A spider doesn't make a web in just any ol' place. It prefers dusty and undisturbed areas. Have you noticed that spiders tend to construct webs in your garage? It has to do with the dust. Wipe down surfaces to make them resistant to spiders.
Population: Spider webs aren't just unsightly; they are a source for more spiders. When a spider creates an egg sac in its web, you can collect and crush it before the eggs hatch. Doing so will prevent hundreds of spiderlings from emerging.
These all-natural tips will help you directly deal with spiders. In a moment, we'll look at attractants that can increase spider activity near your home and increase your chances of an indoor spider problem. Before we do, let's quickly look at how you can guard yourself and your family from unwanted encounters with spiders.
Spider Bites Can Be Dangerous
All spiders have venom, but not all spiders are harmful. Some spiders have weak fangs and are unable to bite. Some have weak venom that is not potent enough to harm humans. The few spiders that can bite and cause painful wounds, similar to bee stings, aren't dangerous; they're just unpleasant. The only spider in our area that is considered a medical threat is the black widow spider. You should speak to a physician if you have flu-like symptoms after getting a spider bite. It may have been a black widow.
Most of the time, spiders are just unwanted house guests that leave ugly webs for you to clean up and surprise you in unexpected places. As for spider bites, there are a few ways you can avoid them. Here are some quick tips:
Remove skirting from beds so spiders can't easily climb up from the floor.
Move beds away from walls so spiders can go from walls to beds.
Move beds from under ceiling vents so spiders can drop down onto you on their threads.
Be cautious when opening boxes you take out of storage.
Shake footwear and clothing before use.
Simple steps like this can help you avoid the majority of spider bites. But, of course, the best way to bypass a spider bite is to not have spiders in your home. Let's look at how you can keep spiders away from your house.
Spider Prevention Tips That Work
We discussed some direct methods you can use to control spiders, but there is more to spider prevention than what we shared earlier. While blocking potential entry points, preventing webs, and destroying egg sacs are important tactics, you need to consider "why" spiders want to live inside your property.
It's mostly about the insects. A spider wants to live where they can find insects to prey on. If you have insects in or around your house, spiders will move inside. A spider can't get a meal if your home is free of insects and will have to leave. If you have fewer insects near your house, you'll have fewer spiders. Here are a few ways to accomplish this:
Have you noticed webs on your trash receptacle? It is because spiders are trying to eat the flies. When you clean your receptacles, you remove the scent attracting the flies, and the spiders will disappear.
Have you noticed webs around light sources? Insects are attracted to light. When they head for the light, the spiders catch them. If you keep the lights off, the insects won't come, and the spiders will leave.
Have you noticed webs on your vegetation? Insects love plants, particularly if they are unhealthy. Keeping your plants strong and healthy will reduce insects and the spiders that eat them.
It is a bug-eat-bug world. When you control one pest, it has an impact on the others. Insect management always leads to spider management.
Sometimes, spiders move onto a property because they find protected places. These sheltered areas can also provide protection for the insects the spiders eat. Addressing these conditions will have an impact on both. Here are some ways to do this:
Pick up dead branches and store them in a container rather than stacking them in a pile on the ground.
Store construction materials away from your exterior walls and slightly elevate them off the ground.
Store all junk items in a receptacle.
Trim the plants in your landscaping and remove unnecessary vegetation, such as grass and weeds.
Remove objects with a hiding place inside, such as toys, cinder blocks, old tires, lawn equipment, etc.
Leaf piles provide a hiding place for bugs, and hunter spiders will crawl in leaf piles to find a bite to eat. These hunter spiders don't create webs. They track and leap on their prey.
Consider all the potential hiding places pests may use, and keep your yard as neat as possible. Doing so will reduce a wide variety of pests, not just spiders.
Water is a building block of life. The pests in your yard need water for hydration. Spiders and the bugs they eat require moisture. The primary way to reduce moisture near your home is to make sure you have a working gutter system. Clean blockages. Repair breaks. The goal is to provide rainwater a way to soak into the ground, allowing surface moisture to evaporate.
There are many ways you can reduce insects and block them from getting into your home. As you work to control insects, you also control spiders. In most cases, these steps are enough to manage pests. If you need greater control or don't have the time to stay on top of these things, a licensed pest control service provider can help.
Experience Peace Of Mind: Choose Professional Spider Control
Life gets busy with work, kids, extended family, and friends—who has time for pest control? Don't worry; we have you covered. Bell Pest Control provides ongoing home pest control to help you keep pests out of your house. We deal with the insects that spiders feed on, which naturally works to reduce spider activity in your yard and around the perimeter next to your home. During our service visits, we inspect your exterior and remove any webs up to 20 feet off the ground. We treat your exterior to create a pest control barrier and keep your home pest-free. We also provide targeted control for the different spiders that come into your yard. If your service technician detects trouble brewing, we take quick steps to deal with the problem before it begins.
Your home pest control comes with more than spider control. We deal with ants, cockroaches, silverfish, rats, mice, and more. All of these pests can impact your life in negative ways. So, as you think about keeping spiders away, think about the benefits of keeping all of these other pests away at the same time.
A home pest control service agreement from Bell Pest Control establishes ongoing pest management around your house to deal with pests "before" they break into your home. You don't have to wait until you need professional spider control in Elk Grove. Contact Bell Pest Control today to learn about our many service options with a quality home pest control plan.