Spider Control Tips

Many people balk at the idea of spiders in their home, even though the arachnids can be beneficial in controlling other types of insects. Of course, if you have a lot of spiders or a venomous spider concern -- such as black widows or brown recluses -- then you do need to find a way to control them before they take over your home.

Tip #1: Dust and clean regularly

One of the easiest ways to control the spider population is to dust all the usually forgotten corners regularly. This removes webs and egg sacs, which will minimize the number of spiders. It's also a good idea to get rid of clutter, such as stacks of paper, that could harbor spiders or attract the insect pests that they feed upon. 

Tip #2: Clean around the perimeter

Spiders typically come in from outdoors, so make sure to keep the area around the outside perimeter of your home clean as well. Don't place wood piles against the home, and keep leaves raked and garden beds clean. This will also help keep the overall insect population down in the direct environs of your home.

Tip #3: Seal the cracks

Check your weatherstripping around windows and doors and replace it if it is cracked or damaged. This will minimize the gaps that allow spiders into the home. Also, repair any damaged window screens, since spiders can also get in this way. Finally, walk around the house and look for any gaps or holes in the siding that could provide entrance. Seal these up with caulk to put a stop to the invaders.

Tip #4: Battle the pests

Spiders mainly come in the home in the search for food. If you have a lot of spiders, then you also have a lot of insect pests in your house. In this case the best treatment option is to identify the food source for the spiders and then hire a pest professional to spray for the specific pest. As the pest population goes down, so will the amount of spiders.

Tip #5: Try traps

If the spider population stays high even after controlling the food, then it is time to attack the spiders. You have two options -- sticky traps or arachnicide sprays. Sticky traps are best if you want to avoid poisons, such as in homes with pets and children. Poisons can act more quickly, though, and may be the best option if venomous spiders are the concern. Talk to a pest professional for more help.

To learn more, contact a company like Emory Brantley & Sons Termite and Pest Control