There’s a term for the fear of spiders: Arachnophobia. Phobias, of course, are irrational fears. But there’s plenty of reason to rationally fear spiders too. Colorado is home to at least two kinds of biting spiders one of which is the black widow. The black widow spider is among the most feared of nature’s creations. Its venom is highly toxic to humans and requires immediate medical attention. The yellow sac spider, while not possessing venom of the same toxicity as black widows, tends to bite humans far more frequently than other types of spider.
Most spiders, of course, either don’t bite humans or tend toward staying away from humans. In fact, they have a tendency to eat the more annoying insects like flies and ants. Superficially, this might seem like a good thing. On the other hand, they won’t set up their webs in your home unless your home provides adequate hunting grounds. So if you do have spiders, they’re a sign of a bigger problem.
If You Have a Spider Infestation, Call a Local Spider Control Expert
If spiders have infested your home, you likely have a bigger problem. Elevate Pest Control will perform an inspection on your property and can make recommendations in terms of prevention. Once we eradicate the initial infestation, however, it will be up to you to ensure that it does not return. Below, we will discuss some of the reasons your home is likely attractive to spiders and what you can do about it.
How to Manage a Spider Infestation in Your Home
Your first step will be to set up an appointment with Elevate Pest Control. But afterward, it will be up to you to ensure that your home is not an attractive place for spiders to set up shop. Below are some suggestions on what you can do to limit spider problems in the future.
- Give your home a good deep clean. It’s easy to let your cleaning regimen slip. You’re working all day and when you get home at night, you want to go out or relax. But those dishes that are piling up are attractive to ants, flies, and other common insects. By extension, they’re attractive to spiders which feed on those insects. Get rid of their food supply and you get rid of the spiders.
- Shore up your outer defenses. Although baby spiders are incredibly small, sealing the exterior of your home will prevent a lot of the infestations that occur in the dark recesses like your basement. While it’s impossible to keep all insects out all of the time, you can greatly reduce their access by ensuring that the exterior of your home is sealed.
- Get rid of the outdoor floodlights. While spiders aren’t attracted to light, moths and other bugs that spiders like to eat certainly are. For those that are really attached to the floodlights, investing in some yellow bulbs can help remedy the issue. Insects are less attracted to yellow lights than they are other types of light.
- Invest in some dichotomous earth. Strategically placing dichotomous earth can prevent spiders from easily entering your home. Spiders do not like traveling on dichotomous earth. It cuts up their bellies and often kills them before they’ve had a chance to set up shop.
- Make your home smell bad to spiders. Humans have certain smells that we don’t like. So do spiders. Eucalyptus, tea tree, mint, and citrus all stink pretty bad to spiders. So they will avoid it. If you have cracks in your foundation that you can’t afford to deal with at the moment, using dichotomous earth alongside stinky smells can ward off spiders in a pinch.
Call the Boulder Spider Control Experts
Understanding what draws spiders will help keep them away. At Elevate Pest Control, we help our clients get rid of current infestations and prevent future ones. This means performing a full inspection to determine how and where insects and other invasive pests are entering your home. It means figuring out why they might be attracted to your home.
When baby spiders are first hatched, they are remarkably small. Some of them may be able to fit through the holes in your screen. It’s important to understand the difference between having a spider in your home and having a spider infestation. By making your home unappealing to spiders, you can prevent future infestations. Elevate Pest Control in Colorado can help. Give us a call or contact us online to set up an appointment today!
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