Spider Prevention Tips For Homeowners

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They creep. They crawl. They dangle. For these three reasons alone, most of us don't like having them around. But spiders are also scary looking. And it doesn't matter how many flies they eat, they are usually unwelcome in most homes. If you're nodding your head in agreement, then you should be pleased to know that we've put together 5 tips that will help you to keep spiders out. First, let's take a look at what spiders you can expect to see in your Tennessee home.

There is a wide range of spiders that are referred to as cellar spiders. You can expect to see them in your cellar and in other dark, cold, moist areas of your home. Jumping spiders, orb spiders, zipper spiders, and wolf spiders can be found mostly outside, but will occasionally be home invaders. The two spiders that you should watch out for most are black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders. Both have a venom that is medically important to humans.

5 Tips For A Spider-Free Home

  • Spiders eat flies and other bugs. When you have fewer bugs around your home, you'll have fewer spiders coming up close to your exterior walls and foundation. Make sure exterior trash is put in sealed containers. Keep exterior lights off or replace white bulbs with yellow, insect-resistant bulbs. Keep plants at least 4 feet away from your home. And remove any other food sources that lure bugs in.

  • Conditions that lure bugs in close to your home will also bring spiders in. One of those is moisture. If you have a leaky water spigot, an obstructed gutter, excessive shade, or some other condition that promotes moisture, you're going to have spiders crawling on your walls. And, if you have spiders crawling on your walls, you're likely to have spiders inside your home.

  • When spiders look for a way in, it is your job to make this as hard as possible. Check all your screens and make sure they are in good working condition. Examine weather stripping on sliding glass doors and fix bristles that are bent or damaged. Check all your door sweeps or install door sweeps if there are none present.

  • You can discourage spiders from hanging out around your home by routinely removing any webs that develop. This should be part of an ongoing effort to keep your yard trimmed, neat, and free of clutter. Spiders prefer environments that are chaotic, like nature.

  • Spiders can be quite tiny, and they have the ability to exploit holes in your walls that you don't even know exist. These might be in a tough-to-reach spot under your deck, behind an exterior stairwell, under a patio, behind something that is large and hard to move, or something similar. For this reason, ongoing pest control treatments by a certified pest professional is usually a requirement for complete exclusion.

If you need exterior or interior pest control for spiders and other household pests in your Tennessee home, reach out to All-American Pest Control for immediate assistance.

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