If you live in a warm climate, then you may need to invest in pest control services on a regular basis. These services are needed to control pests all year round through the use of insecticides, traps, and other pest control methods. Many people do try to forgo the services in favor of DIY pest control tactics. If this is something that you think is best for your living situation, then you will need to take quick action if you notice spiders in your home. Keep reading to learn about some of the tasks you should complete to keep spiders out of your residence.
Vacuum Right Away
If you see one or two spiders in your home, then there is a good chance that dozens of spiders are living in your house. Most spiders remain hidden, especially when it comes to species like the brown recluse spider. While spiders are predatory, they do not aggressively seek out their prey. They instead wait for the prey to come to them. You probably understand that the prey gets caught in a spider web. What you may not know is that the web is also the place where egg sacs are secured.
While some egg sacs remain on the female spider, most of them are deposited on the spider web for several weeks before the spiders hatch. A single female spider can lay up to 1,000 eggs at a time. This means that a single spider can quickly turn into hundreds of spiders if the sacs are left alone. The eggs may be laid in the spring, summer, or fall. Some spiders can even lay eggs during all three seasons. The best way to get rid of the eggs and the possibility of hundreds of new spiders emerging in your home is to vacuum up the webs and the sacs around your house.
You should start vacuuming as soon as you see spiders in your house, and you should continue to do so every few weeks until spiders are no longer seen. Spider webs can usually be found in dark and isolated spaces like the corners of rooms, around the boxes in your dark basement, and in your attic, so vacuum in these areas.
Before you start vacuuming, you should make sure that you are protected from bites. Spiders are not usually aggressive, but they will protect their young. You should prevent spider bites as you get rid of the webs and egg sacs. Wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, socks, and boots when vacuuming. You also want to wear a pair of gloves. A thin pair of gardening gloves is all that you need to protect yourself.
Get Rid Of The Food Supply
Spiders set up webs and then return to them to consume the insects that are caught in the webs. To catch food, there must be insects inside your home. If you remove the insects, then you keep the spiders from their food source. The spiders will then move on to another area where food can be found. Start by reducing the things in and around your house that attract flies, moths, and mosquitoes. These are the insects that spiders are most likely to feed on.
Insects are attracted to light, so make sure to keep your porch and exterior lights off for some time. You can also replace lights outside with bug-reducing varieties. These are usually tinted lights that radiate yellow wavelengths of light that bugs cannot see well. You also should place curtains or blinds on your windows and close them in the evening to keep bugs away.
You also should do your best to keep both inside and outside water sources from attracting bugs. Outdoor sources are ones that are stagnant and bring mosquitoes to your home. Ponds, puddles, and buckets filled with water can all attract mosquitoes, so get rid of these things. Inside your home, you should make sure that taps do not drip and that pipes do not leak. Also, clean up all crumbs to reduce the food that may attract insects. Place dishes in your dishwasher as soon as possible too.