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01/25/16

As a single spider crawls across your floor, your heart drops as you imagine all the places they could emerge from next. Your eyes dart to every nook and cranny while you take each step with caution, but there’s no need to panic. House spiders are quite common and are actually more of a nuisance than a threat. Here’s what you need to know about the small creatures in your house:

What are house spiders?

House spiders are typically brownish or grey in color. With a body length ranging from 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch, they can fit into small places around your home. Females have more rounded abdomens compared to the elongated abdomen shape of a male. However, both have poor eyesight, so you’ve got a good chance at catching spiders crawling around your home, out in the open.

How did they get there?

When cool weather begins to take over, spiders will attempt to make their way indoors (though they’ll crawl inside throughout the entire year if they think there’s food or water inside). When it’s cold outside, your home is much more appealing. Spider problems are typically worse in cabins, shady places, or near bodies of water such as lakes, streams and ponds.. Common hiding places for spiders in your home include:
  • Within clutter
  • Under furniture
  • In dark places
  • Around the outside of your home

What you can do:

Spiders can only enter homes if they have a means to do so. It’s up to you to keep doors and windows sealed and to inspect your home for cracks and potential points of entry for the unwanted arachnids. It’s also a good idea to keep shrubs and bushes trimmed, especially around your home. If they grow to be too large, they could serve as a bridge for the spider from the ground to your living room. Spend some time clearing the clutter around your home to get rid of any potential hiding places for house spiders. Most of the time, DIY methods of spider control work just fine.  If you’re still having issues with spiders, or simply don’t want to deal with them at all, then it’s time to call a professional. Call Plunkett’s Pest Control. We have professionals who know exactly what to do about spiders in the interior or on the exterior of your home.  The best method of pest control is to keep them out in the first place. Plunkett’s prides itself on performing Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which means we first employ non-chemical, exclusionary tactics for eliminating pests.  We don’t spray on the interior unless we have to. We’ve been in the business for over 100 years, so you can count on our family-owned and -operated business to take care of your home. Contact us today to learn more about how we eliminate pests or to schedule service.  


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