Little Miss Muffet echoed how many of us felt when she ran from the spider. But, no matter how far we go, there’s a good chance that we can’t escape all of the eight-legged arachnids in our lives. But, we can significantly reduce the number of spiders that enter our homes with a few simple methods. Today, our expert spider exterminator team shares insight.
Keep your house clean.
If you ask a spider exterminator, they will likely tell you that the homes with the most spiders are also the ones with the most clutter. Clutter gives pests, such as roaches, ants, and flies, lots of places to hide, and spiders like locations where there is lots of food in the form of insects. You can also attract insects by leaving food out and allowing the corners to collect cobwebs.
Turn exterior lights off at night.
If you’ve ever turned a light on in the dark, you know that bugs are drawn to them almost instantly. While spiders don’t necessarily like the light, it’s hard to walk away from an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Add glue traps to your shopping list.
The next time you pay a visit to the hardware store, grab a handful of sticky traps. Our spider exterminators say that this is one of the most effective methods of spider control. Keep in mind, however, that these can stick to your shoes, so don’t place them directly in your walking path. Instead, leave spider traps in the attic, basement, under the stairs, in the garage, and in rooms that aren’t frequented by small children.
Invest in essential oils.
Although a professional spider exterminator is best equipped to handle spiders and other nuisances, there are a few chemical-free scents that you can spray throughout your home that may deter some spiders. These include eucalyptus, citrus, and melaleuca oil.
Clean up the yard.
Just as the inside of your house should stay clean, you should also pay attention to the exterior. Anything that touches your home, such as shrubbery or woodpiles, can easily double as a hideout for all types of spiders. A good rule of thumb is to ensure nothing is touching your home by the end of fall, as spiders will move to the closest protected area during cold weather.
Seal it up.
Ants, spiders, and other bugs get into homes in a number of ways. Some you can’t help, such as opening and closing doors when you leave your home; others are manageable. Take a walk around your home and look for gaps in doors, windows, and other entry points. Then, caulk any openings you find. You should also look at your exterior faucets to see if these are properly sealed. When you have the windows open, ensure that your screens are securely in place.
If you are concerned about the spiders in your home, contact Alder Pest Control and ask for a spider exterminator to evaluate the situation. Our experienced staff can help you say sayonara to spiders.