Spooky Spider Season! How to Spider-Proof Your Home
Spiders are one of the most feared pests and with Halloween just around the corner, you’re likely seeing decorations covered with them everywhere! But did you know spider infestations are common in the fall as well? Just like a number of other pests, spiders move indoors to escape cooling temperatures outdoors. Once inside, they can spread quicker than you may want to believe. There are a few ways you can protect your SE Louisiana and Mississippi home against these creepy crawlers this fall and all year long. Keep reading for New Mexico Pest Control’s top spider prevention tips!
Where Are Spiders Found Inside?
Spiders make their way indoors through gaps or holes in your property. Once inside, they are often spotted in dark, undisturbed areas of the home. Many people think spiders come through drains or plumbing fixtures because they are often seen in tubs and sinks. However, they likely just got stuck. Spiders are brought inside in old boxes, which is why you should always be careful when rifling through old items.
Best Ways to Prevent Spiders
Not including black widows and brown recluse spiders, most spiders you see inside your home are not aggressive and won’t endanger you or your family. However, no one wants to deal with an infestation. There a number of steps you can take to lessen the chance of getting spiders:
- Locate and seal possible entry points. Look for any gaps or holes in your doors and windows, and patch them to keep spiders outside.
- Clean your home on a regular basis. Tidy up messes, debris, and food crumbs to avoid dealing with insects that may then attract more spiders.
- Make sure your landscape is well taken care of. Always mow your grass and trim shrubs to get rid of spider hiding spots.
- Inspect any boxes or old items brought into the home. Spiders are known to hide inside old boxes or furniture.
- Set up sticky traps to locate spider activity. Traps are not a long-term solution, but can help determine where any spider activity may be present.
How to Get Rid of Spiders
If you’ve done all you can to prevent spiders and are still noticing them in your home, it may be time to call for help from a pest control expert. A professional pest control company such as New Mexico Pest Control can identify the type(s) of spiders you’re dealing with, where they’re coming from, and how to prevent future ones from getting in.