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How to keep spiders out

Spiders inside a home can cause homeowners a lot of consternation and frustration. First, because most people fear spiders and think they will suffer from spider bites or other potential risks. Second, spider webs around a home can make the property look unused, dirty and unclean. Spiders are not known for their neatness and will leave their leftovers stuck in webs where the sticky strands will collect dust and dirt.

Although spiders themselves may not be a big health risk, too many spiders can mean the property has a pest infestation where the spiders feel food is plentiful. How do you keep spider out of your home or building?

Ehrlich Pest Control can get rid of spiders and their webs and offer advice on how to keep spiders out of your home and away from your property. Contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office today.


Removing spider webs

Spiders will find areas where other spiders have been feeding and build their own webs. Spiders are more concerned about finding a plentiful food source than they are about scenery and location. Thus, if you find repeated spider webs in a certain area of your home, there may be a large amount of insects in the area which spiders are feeding upon.

Regular cleaning of your home is important. Use dusters and brooms to get rid of old spider webs and the debris they leave behind. Spiders like to build their webs where ceilings and walls meet or ceiling corners. Concentrate on those areas to get rid of webs.

If you continue to see the webs, you may need to contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office to determine if you have some other kind of pest which the spiders are using for food.

Spider prevention for the home

Spiders get inside the same way other pests do. Most species of spider are not very big, can compress their bodies to fit into tight spaces, and will gladly crawl into a home through any crack or crevice. This is why conducting regular inspections of the exterior of your home or building is an important part of spider prevention.

Some of the things you can do to keep spiders out of your home include:

  • Seal up cracks in the walls. This includes damage from hail or mishaps. If there are cables going through the walls from inside, make sure there is a seal around the hole through which the cable runs.
  • Repair screens and ensure windows have screens. Having windows open without screens in them is an open invitation for a number of pests. Spiders will gladly crawl inside, perhaps following the flies and mosquitoes which may also find their way inside through open windows. Opening windows with damaged screens is also an open invitation for spiders and other pests.
  • Repair foundation damage. Sometimes cracks form in the foundations of homes and buildings just from the settling which occurs. Often a spider infestation starts in the basement or crawlspace of a home, so regularly checking for holes, cracks and damage in that area is crucial for spider prevention.
  • Clean up debris. Throughout the house and within the yard, spiders tend to like to hide and will build webs wherever they can find a nice hidden location. Clear out webs by clearing out debris around the house, within basements and crawlspaces, garages and across the yard.

DIY spider prevention

If you spend time searching the internet, you are likely to find a lot of DIY spider prevention methods out there. There are plenty of people who insist these methods are more environmentally sound and will eradicate spiders or prevent them from building their webs in your home. Homeowners can find solutions from peppermint oil to using cedar and getting a pet to scattering chestnuts around the house. However, none of these methods can be proven as effective and Ehrlich Pest Control cannot endorse any of these solutions to completely prevent spiders from getting into the house.

Spiders as pest problem indicators

If you are finding a large number of spiders, or you remove spiders and their webs, but keep finding them returning, you may have a bigger problem with some other pest that you haven't seen. Spiders like to build their webs where they can easily find food and spiders don't have humans on their menu. However, if you are a mosquitodrain flyhouse flymoth, gnat or some other kind of pest, you are definitely of interest to most spider species. One of these pests might be infesting your home if spiders keep coming back, so contacting your local Ehrlich Pest Control office to do a full site inspection might be the best bet.

Ehrlich gets rid of spiders in the house

If you really feel you have a full-on spider infestation and you can't seem to keep your home and property spider-free, then it's time to call in the professionals who know how to find the reason spiders are attracted to your home. Ehrlich Pest Control specialists can do a full site inspection of your home or business, looking for access points or further pest problems which might signal why spiders are in your home.

The first step is to contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office today and set up an appointment with one of our spider control specialists.

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