Avoiding spider infestations in your home is not just important for your comfort. It also can be important for your health. Some spiders carry venom that could send you to the hospital if you’re bitten. In fact, almost a dozen spider species found in the United States are capable of injecting venom that could cause medically significant injuries to humans.
If you're concerned about spider infestation around your home, you need to take the proper precautions to keep the spider population at bay. The following are seven mistakes that could lead to a spider infestation.
1. Allowing Clutter to Accumulate around Your Home
Clutter can attract spiders and give them a perfect habitat for hiding and building nests. In particular, it's important to avoid leaving clothing or other fabric items on the floor. Instead of storing clothing and blankets loosely, you might want to place them in plastic bags or containers.
In addition to keeping your home's interior clutter free, you should also pay attention to your garage and attics. These areas can be ideal spots for spiders to penetrate into your home's interior, so keep them as organized as possible.
2. Failing to Limit Spider Food Sources
You will minimize the likelihood of a spider infestation by keeping spider food sources out of your home. Spiders typically eat insects like mosquitoes, flies, butterflies, and moths.
You can keep spider food sources out of your home by keeping doors to the exterior closed, using screens in your windows, and killing flies when you see them. This will prevent your home from appearing like an attractive place for a spider to build a web.
3. Neglecting to Remove Webs When You See Them
Be vigilant when cleaning your home. It can be hard to notice spider webs that are located in the corners of rooms or doorways. You should make a point of looking out for spider webs and removing them immediately. A spider spins a web when it’s getting ready to lay eggs, which obviously means a large and rapid increase in the spider population in your home.
4. Allowing Vegetation to Grow Close to Your Home's Perimeter
Vegetation growing around your home's exterior walls, windows and doors can attract spiders to your home and make it easier for spiders to penetrate the walls and make it inside. Keep vegetation trimmed back as part of your landscaping efforts to keep spiders and a variety of other types of insect and animal pest out of your home.
5. Not Keeping Spider Traps Handy
Setting spider traps around the home can help you to avoid an outright infestation when you notice webs and spiders more often than you'd like to. Sticky spider traps are sold commercially. You can also make your own by putting a flat sheet of cardboard or paper down on the ground and putting something sticky on top like two-sided tape.
6. Leaving Rooms Vacant for Extended Periods of Time
You've probably noticed that spider webs tend to appear in rooms that have been left vacant for a while. Avoid shutting down any rooms in your home and leaving them uncleaned for long periods of time. By dusting rooms out, you can ensure that spider webs don't build up excessively and create a cumbersome infestation issue.
7. Failing to Dust Your Entire Home Regularly
Spiders will spin webs in the back of bookshelves and cabinets if you don't regularly dust these areas out. Dusting can not only remove webs that have developed, but also help you to scoop up spider food sources.
It’s never too late to start taking these preventative measures. If you think you might have a spider infestation, contact Cliff's Pest Control, Inc. for help.