Often, when a spider has decided to build a web near you, it indicates the presence of other pests they prey on. There are nearly 50,000 different species of spiders, but only a few are actually dangerous to us. They would rather hunt insects than humans. Despite their bad reputation, spiders with medically serious bites, like brown recluses or black widows have been studied and it has been found that they prefer to run away than bite – and only do so when they are trapped and scared. However, it still doesn’t mean you want them or their webs anywhere near you and your home.
Spiders can be unsettling and their webs are unsightly to your property. Getting rid of spiders can be a scary experience too, especially when you lose track of where they went. Arachnophobia is one of the most common phobias, so it makes sense why many people hire a professional when it comes to dealing with spiders. If you need someone to help you deal with spiders and check for other pests, give Etheridge Pest Services a call.
Tips for preventing Spiders
The best way to keep spiders off your property is by making your home an unattractive place to build a web. If you are taking preventative measures to keep pests spiders prey on away, you’ll naturally keep spiders away as well. The best thing to do is go for a complete pest control solution and not focus on spiders.
To keep spiders out of your home, make sure there are no exterior entries. Look for cracks or holes near doors and windows. Seal any possible ways for spiders to enter your home – this also helps with all other pests too.
If you don’t own any pets, mint oil is a natural repellent to spiders and most other insects. Add a few drops of essential oil to a spray bottle and spray locations where you’ve seen spiders. Lavender is another option, but it is also toxic to pets.
Fruit flies are an easy snack for spiders. So if you keep a fruit bowl in the kitchen, dispose of any fruit that has started to turn bad. For the same reason, make sure your outdoor garbage can has a lid on it to prevent it from being a breeding ground for flies.
Reduce the number of spots where spiders can hide by keeping your home tidy and clean. Put items away, regularly vacuum and sweep, and use a duster to remove any webs that you see.
When the idea of dealing with these eight legged critters makes your skin crawl, call Etheridge Pest Services and we’ll take care of any scary spiders.