Do you find spider webs in your attic or basement? How about in the space between your windows and your screens or in upper areas of the rooms in your home? Those webs are evidence that you have spiders. Sometimes, you'll even see a spider in one of those webs. But, more often than not, spiders will appear unexpectedly in places you least expect them, such as on the floor of your bathroom where you had planned on putting your foot while getting out of your shower. If you'd prefer to not have surprise encounters with spiders in your home, we have some tips to help you get control of them. 

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Natural Spider Deterrents

Most of the spiders in Aiken are not dangerous. Therefore, natural deterrents may be the right solution for you. While deterrents won't prevent your home from having any spiders in it, they can make spider sightings rare.

Food — Spiders come out of your wall voids and secluded spaces for food options. If you have flies in your home, you're likely to start seeing more webs and more spiders appearing. Taking steps to reduce insects will, in turn, work to reduce how often you see spiders.

  • Make sure the screens on your home are in good repair.

  • Put fruit in the fridge to reduce your chances of a fruit fly infestation.

  • Keep your home clean to remove food sources for insects.

  • Put dirty dishes in a sink of soapy water. Leftovers on your dishes are more than enough food for insects.

Moisture — Spider species are drawn to humid spaces. This is why you find them in your bathroom or in basement areas. If you take steps to reduce moisture and humidity, you can keep spiders from appearing.

  • When you take a shower or slip into a warm bath, be sure to turn the fan on in your bathroom. This vents the moisture out.

  • If you have leaky faucets or showerheads, get them fixed. Constant dripping provides a constant source of moisture droplets for spiders to drink.

  • Install dehumidifiers in damp or humid spaces, or install vents and fans.

Webs — Some spider species create egg sacs in their webs. These sacs can have as many as 300 eggs in them. When those eggs hatch, you suddenly have lots of spiders crawling around in your home. While most of those new spiders are likely to die, the ones that find food and moisture will live to add to the population of adult spiders in your home. It is best to remove spider webs as soon as you see them.

Exclusion — When you drive spiders out, make sure they can't easily come back inside. Exclusion can help you accomplish this. While it isn't possible to seal spiders out entirely, it is definitely worth any effort you put in.

  • Replace damaged weatherstripping around doors.

  • Install door sweeps if they're not present.

  • Use a caulking gun to apply a seal around door and window frames, water mains, and wire conduits.

  • Use a caulking gun to fill in wood holes, or have wood damage repaired.

Reduce Spider Pressures

One last factor to consider is the number of spiders you have around your home. More spiders, and more spider activity, will make it more difficult to get spiders out of your home and keep them out. Here are a few tips:

  • Reduce exterior light at night to reduce insects. This will reduce the food source spiders need.

  • Keep your trash in sealed containers and keep the containers as clean as possible. Many flies are attracted to trash and, as you're likely aware, spiders eat flies.

  • Reduce moisture by cleaning out your gutters and making repairs. Moisture pests that crawl on the ground can be food for spiders.

When Spider Control Is Needed

If you have dangerous spiders in your home, or an unusual number of spiders, it may be necessary to apply control products and methods to stop seeing spiders in your home. We recommend hiring a licensed pest management professional to do this. Spider control is a process that requires training and experience. There are many ways to do it wrong, and if you do, you'll be left frustrated, tired, and a little poorer than when you started. Save energy and money by letting someone with pest control training handle your issue. It is worth it.

Do you live in Aiken?

If you do, contact Aiken Pest Control for spider management. Our team uses Integrated Pest Management to address spider infestations. This methodology relies upon natural solutions first, and a use of EPA-approved products only when necessary. There is no better way to deal with spiders and other pests in your Aiken property. Reach out to us today and tell us about your pest control issue. We're here to help.


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