Spring Spider Prevention for the Midwestern States

4/11/2019


a large black widow spider hanging upside down on a web inside of a phoenix home

To prevent spiders, it is helpful to understand what attracts spiders to a property. There are two main reasons why spiders end up near homes in southwestern states; food and environment.

Food

With summer, we can expect an increase in insects. And with an increase in insects, we can expect more activity from spiders. Spiders will eat a variety of insects. If you have ants, flies, mosquitoes, or other bugs around your home, you can bet spiders are close by. There are plenty of factors that may be attracting insects to your property. It could be your trash, the outdoor light fixtures, the fruit bowl on the table, the flower bed out front, the build-up of leaves in your gutters. Preventing insects will inevitably help to prevent spiders.

Environment

Spiders also love shade and moisture. They’ll dwell in woodpiles, under rocks, in gardens, and in other similar locations. This is why, once they enter a home, they’ll generally be found in cellars, crawl spaces, untouched corners of the house, closets, storage boxes, etc.

Summer is a great time to put prevention steps in place. In fact, you should have prevention steps in place year-round to keep spiders from entering your home. It’s never too early or too late. Schendel has put together spider prevention tips for you to apply at home:

  • Install screens in windows.

  • Caulk around windows and doors.

  • Seal cracks around the foundation of your home.

  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.

  • Keep woodpiles raised up off the ground and well away from the outside of your home.

  • Clean regularly, especially in areas of low activity.

Why Get Professional Spider Control

Spiders can be a nuisance, but they can also be dangerous. Brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders have a very painful bite. This bite can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. It’s advised to seek medical attention immediately following a bite. Be sure to always shake out your shoes and wear gloves when moving boxes that have been in storage. These actions can help prevent bites.

Trying to prevent both insects and spiders can get overwhelming. Especially since some species of spiders, like the house spider, can lay hundreds of eggs at a time and infestations can increase quickly. Professional pest control can help take the worry off your hands. Schendel Pest Services offers both residential and commercial services. Our treatments are safe for you and your pets. Request your free inspection today!




 

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