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08/30/16

Cabins and lakes and spiders, oh my! If you frequent the many lakes of the Midwest, you’ve likely encountered a few extra unwanted friends at your cabin. Your excitement for a weekend away on the water is broken by the three spiders you just saw scurry across the floor, among other critters. Spiders, and their webs, are problems are common for many owners of lakefront property, but their presence shouldn’t hinder your weekends. Here are tips and tricks for avoiding spiders at the cabin:

1.Think Like Spiders at the Cabin

Spiders, like most pests, are interested in three main things: water, a food source (i.e. a place to put their web to catch dinner), and some snuggle time with another spiders. If your environment deprives them of these things, you'll naturally see less spider activity.

2. Keep the clutter to a minimum

Spiders are masters of hide-and-seek. Beneath the furniture, under cooking appliances, in the bathroom — you can find them nearly everywhere. If let go of your cleaning routine, or create a cluttered space for spiders, they’re going to take advantage of your actions. Keep clutter to a minimum, and fix any drops or leaks in the plumbing. Therefore, this will eliminate some of what spiders need to thrive.

3. Create Barriers to Entry

Another trick for keeping spiders out of the house is to seal all points of entry and be cautious of how often the doors and windows are open. If you enjoy a nice cool breeze now and again, try installing screens in your doors and windows. This allows you to enjoy the outdoors without the added pests. Also remember to seal cracks! You might be surprised to know all the points of entry spiders are using to invade your home. Do a thorough check of the outside of your cabin and seal all cracks and crevices that could possibly allow critter entry. This will help with your energy bills, as well.

4. Maintain your yard

Let’s not forget about the spiders that generally just stay outside the cabin. There are ways to deter those spiders, too! Maintaining your yard is one step in preventing pests. Be sure to trim trees and shrubs and keep them away from your house. If they are too close, spiders can run webs from the foliage to your living room window.

5. Turn off your porch lights at night

Flying insects are attracted to light, and spiders are attracted to those flying insects. By leaving the lights on, you’re creating a haven for spiders! For that reason, be sure to turn them off when you don’t need them in order to discourage the crawling critters from getting too close. If you’ve encountered a spider issue at your cabin, or you’re in need of other pest control services, Plunkett’s Pest Control can help! We’ve been in the business for over 100 years and have the tools and expertise to take care of spiders at the cabin. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule a service!


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