Natural spider control | how to keep spiders out of your home
on Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Terminix
If you see a spider in your home, the first inclination is to eliminate it, which is easily accomplished with a rolled up newspaper or the heel of a shoe. Finding a spider inside leads many homeowners to seek natural spider control methods. However, that isn't a long-term solution and the first step is to become familiar with some common species you might encounter.
Wolf spiders are hairy and range from ½ an inch to two inches in length. They have a row of four small eyes with two large eyes above those and two more eyes behind those, and have excellent vision. They don’t build webs, but roam around looking for food, with mother spiders carrying hatchlings on their backs. They generally shy away from humans and, while their bites can cause minor reactions in some people, they are not venomous. They’re often found in garages, basements and around doors and windows.
Common house spiders, as their name implies, are easy to find, as they may build webs in all rooms of a house. With a gray, black and white body with mottled markings on the body, it’s probably what you think of when you hear the word “spiders.” They spin webs inside and outside buildings, usually hung between two surfaces, like corners or between a wall and the eaves. House spiders are not harmful to humans and in fact feed on a variety of insects, including German cockroaches.
Jumping spiders are very distinctive, and generally small in size. They are not harmful to humans and do not spin webs, instead choosing to pounce on their prey to catch it. With more than 5,000 species worldwide, this is the largest family of spiders.
Cellar spiders are often referred to as daddy longlegs spiders and are classified as pests because they make very large, unsightly webs. Typically found in damp cellars, basements, crawl spaces and warehouses, they are thin, pale spiders with extremely long legs. Not harmful to humans, they usually eat small moths, flies, gnats, mosquitoes and other creatures that are common indoors.
Natural spider control
Natural spider control starts with doing everything you can to deter these pests from entering your home. Cutting off their points of entry is an effective way to be proactive in spider control. Spiders can make their homes almost anywhere, and attics, garages and crawl spaces are often their chosen paths into your home. Minimize the presence of spiders in your home by sealing all cracks around windows and doorframes and around light fixtures, vents and ceiling fans. Make sure you also seal all openings around pipes under sinks and behind appliances, cut back shrubs and trees that make contact with your home and regularly remove webs and spiders by vacuuming.
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