Keeping The Spiders Out This Fall
Contrary to other fall intruders, spiders don’t invade homes to avoid the winter weather, and most of the spiders you are seeing now were probably in your home before temperatures cooled. Throughout the spring and summer, most spiders are young and small, preferring to stay hidden in your wall voids rather than venturing out where predators could potentially harm them. As fall arrives, any spiders that were already living in your house are now much larger and starting to venture out into the common areas of your home in search of a mate. Another reason you might start seeing more spiders in fall is that spiders prefer to create webs in areas of high insect activity. As more insects start getting into your home to escape the approaching winter chill, spiders must follow them in order to keep a consistent food source.
Some common spiders to look out for as we continue into the fall season include several types of house spider, the brown recluse spider, and the black widow spider.
House spiders come in a number of different sizes, and their coloration typically involves shades of blacks, browns, and yellows. These spiders are only considered to be nuisance pests due to their habits of creating unsightly webs in doorways. While a bite from a house spider might cause some mild skin irritation, their bites are not dangerous to humans.
The black widow spider is widely known for the distinctive, red hourglass shape on its abdomen. This spider also gets its reputation from leaving people who disturb them with nasty bites. Like most spiders, black widows usually only bite when they are threatened. However, it is important to seek medical attention right away if you suspect you’ve been bitten by a black widow spider to ensure no severe allergic reaction to the venom takes place.
Brown recluse spiders are another well-known spider species that is dangerous to humans. Unlike the venom of a black widow, a brown recluse spider’s venom attacks tissue cells instead of the nervous system, which can cause severe scarring and damage around the location of the bite.
No matter what kind of spider you may be dealing with, it’s no surprise that you’d rather keep them out of your home than invite them indoors. Preventative measures should always be taken to ensure that spiders stay out of your home. Avoiding mistakes that attract spiders will greatly benefit you as you endeavor to protect your property from these creepy creatures.
The following tips may help:
Seal access points to your home. Windows, gaps in your walls and foundation, rips in window screens, and cracks in door frames are all common points where both spiders and insects could be finding entrance to your home.
Install door sweeps. This will prevent spiders from crawling in through gaps under your doors.
Clear away any existing spider webs in your attic, crawl spaces, and corners of your home. Repeatedly getting rid of a spider’s home and way of catching prey will encourage it to move to a new location.
There is no way to find each and every single spider living in your home by yourself, which is why it is always best to contact a pest control professional to deal with these irritating arachnids. With Schendel Pest Services, you can be certain that our pest control experts will keep spiders outside where they belong, throughout the entire year. Don’t do this on your own, contact us today and keep your home pest free from fall invaders.