The bad news: You’ve got spiders in your house.
Spiders are a common household pest. Their creepy appearance can be startling and their reputation has been inflated by stories and movies but the truth is: spiders are mostly harmless. That doesn’t mean you want them in your house, especially if there are a lot of them.
Spiders can lay 100s of eggs at a time. It you’re looking to keep your home from becoming an arachnid nursery, we’ve got the expertise to help. Let’s clear out your spider infestation once and for all.
Signs of Spider Infestation in Your House
The signs of spiders in your home are straightforward. Once you start looking, your spider sense might start tingling more. Here’s a checklist of major spider evidence to be on the lookout for:
- Webs. Every basement has a web or two (or more) but if you notice an increase in the amount of spider webs in your home – especially in areas where you don’t normally see them - it’s time to become more concerned. Keep in mind that some species of spider make small funnel shaped webs vs the typical ringed web.
- Egg sacs. Egg sacs are tiny silk-wrapped balls. They can hold anywhere from 2-200 baby spiders and are usually laid in dark quiet places.
- Flying Insects. Increased bug traffic in your home could be a calling card to local spiders that the buffet is open.
- Humidity. Spiders prefer dark, moist areas like basements. In fall, when weather becomes cooler and drier, spiders are more likely to move to a more comfortable environment.
- Spider bites. Spiders don’t bite humans aggressively, but they will in self-defense. You may unknowingly be bitten when you reach into a closet or cupboard where a spider is hiding. Unless they’re from a poisonous spider, most spider bites will look like other insect bites – a small red, potentially itchy bump.
How to Get Rid of a Spider Infestation
Spiders enter your home for two reasons: food and shelter. Getting rid of common house spiders may not be that difficult. Here are several simple steps you can take to make your lodgings less appealing to eight-legged boarders:
- Repair cracks and holes. Spiders can enter through the tiniest crack. Check your home periodically and fill and places where gaps have appeared. This goes for your roof as well; spiders can climb and access high areas via tree branches. Also repair screens on doors and windows.
- Vacuum. Your vacuum cleaner is like the Excalibur of spider prevention weaponry. Vacuuming up webs, egg sacs and even spiders, vanquishes them for good.
- Keep it clean. Like vacuuming, a clean home discourages spiders from becoming too cozy. They prefer cluttered environments where they can easily hide and where other pests are plentiful to feast on. A clean home has little to offer.
- Check your basement. Because they are quiet, dark and damp - basements are the most common places to find spiders. Don’t overlook them.
- Natural deterrents. There are natural solutions you can spray around your home to deter spiders. Turns out spiders don’t care for the smell of peppermint, eucalyptus or tea tree oil. Mix up a solution and spray in suspected areas. White vinegar works too.
- Sticky traps. Commercial traps attract and ensnare spiders and other insects. You just have to deal with the traps afterward.
Expert Spider Pest Control
If you’re not sure about the spiders in your home and want to be certain that they’re gone for good call or contact Plunkett’s today. One of our technicians can assess your spider problem and suggest the best course of treatment. You can be certain that we won’t rest until you can.