Have you heard the saying: “You are never more than three feet from a spider?" Pretty disturbing, right? Thankfully, this myth was proven wrong a long time ago. The only problem is that despite this myth being wrong, spiders always seem to be pretty close by. Spiders are everywhere, in trees, on the ground, inside the walls of your home. One might even be watching you right now. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to keep these multi-legged pests away. Here is what we recommend.
How Spiders Get Into Homes
Before we get into the ways you can keep spiders away, let’s first figure out how they are getting into your home in the first place. Most commonly, spiders will use damaged areas or openings in your home’s exterior to find their way inside. Cracks in your home’s exterior foundation, gaps along the edges of window and door frames, and spacing around utility piping are just a few examples of these. Open doors and windows can also allow spiders a quick and easy way to slip into your home.
Why Spiders Invade Homes
The spiders you are finding in your home are most likely there for one reason and one reason alone, food. By nature, spiders are carnivorous and rely on hunting insects to survive. If your home has a pest problem, spiders are going to want to be present to snag themselves a meal or two.
Ways You Can Seal Up Your Home
Now that you know how spiders get inside your home, let’s talk about some ways you can seal your home so spiders cannot find their way inside. For cracks in your foundation, spaces along with window and door frames, and gaps around utility piping we recommend using a caulking gun to seal things up. Once you are done with this, check your window and door screens, make sure they are all rip and tear-free. Finally, stay vigilant to keep unscreened windows and doors closed as much as possible.
How Spring Cleaning Can Help With Spiders
A thorough cleaning of your home is a great way to reduce attractants not only for spiders but also for many of the other insects they invade to hunt. When cleaning your home, keep in mind that pests are tiny and can fit into the smallest of cracks and crevices. Make sure not to neglect under large appliances, furniture, and other tight, hard-to-reach areas around your home, as these places are where spiders and other pests are most likely to congregate. In addition to your spring cleaning, do your best to tidy up storage spaces. The tidier things are, the fewer spaces spiders will have to hide and find shelter.
Once you have gotten your home clean, here are some other prevention tips we recommend making a habit of.
- Store leftover foods inside airtight containers.
- Pick up and clean out pet food and water bowls before going to sleep at night.
- Clean up messes as they happen, and thoroughly clean your home at least once a week.
- Keep your trash bins closed and make sure they have tight-fitting lids on at all times.
- Keep your lawn and greenery well maintained.
- Maintain your home’s pipes and make sure leaks are fixed as they happen.
- Manage humidity throughout your home by using dehumidifiers as needed.
How Family Pest Control Can Help With Spiders
At the end of the day, keeping spiders and other pests out of your home can be a difficult task. If you are looking for some assistance in keeping unwanted guests out of your San Antonio home, the professionals here at Family Pest Control are here to help. Our general pest control plans are designed not only to keep spiders at bay but a wide variety of the pests they invade to hunt as well.
Give us a call today to find out more about our services or to schedule a visit to your home.