Should I Be Concerned About Spiders In My Plymouth Home?

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Few people say, "Look at that cute little spider racing across my bathroom floor!" If you are like most people, you have a wad of toilet paper in your hand and are ready to dispatch that spider before you can even form that sentence. Spiders are not welcome guests in Plymouth homes! Sure, you may allow spiders to create webs so they can catch mosquitoes and other pests. And you may even tolerate seeing spiders living in your garage. But few people let them roam about in bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and other common areas. It is commonly understood that all spiders have fangs, and that all spiders use venom to subdue their prey. What you may not know is that some spiders can't bite you because their fangs are too weak, or that most spiders have venom that isn't strong enough to cause medical symptoms in humans. Today, we'll dig into this topic and shed some light on the risks of having spiders in your home. Once you know what you're up against, we'll look at naturally effective spider prevention tips that will help you keep common house spiders out of your home. For direct answers to your spider questions, remember that the Combat Pest Control service team is here to help. Call us at any time.

The Many Types Of Spiders You Can Find In Plymouth

We have quite a variety of spiders in Plymouth. Some have long legs and hang out in your garage or shed. Some are big and hairy and love to startle you by appearing in places you don't expect them. Most are web-making nuisances. If you have vegetation on your property, we're sure you've experienced the feel of having a web cling to your hand, arm, or face. It is unpleasant. 

It would take pages of information to cover all types of house spiders that appear in Plymouth homes. Let's zero in on what matters most. Here are some characteristics of common spiders in our region.

  • Outdoor aerial web builders capture flies and other flying pests. These hang out in landscaping, gardens, and other areas of vegetation. They typically have a painful bite, but they don't prefer to bite people. Some Plymouth residents keep these spiders around to help reduce mosquitoes.
  • Ground web builders are hunter spiders that use their webs to guard themselves as they retreat. These spiders move about in your yard or home and use their acute eyesight to track prey and spring on their prey to subdue them. They'll help with the control of creepy crawling pests.
  • Indoor spiders are unique. They don't prefer to live outside and offspring that hatch indoors may not survive if you capture them and put them outdoors. These spiders live mostly in wall voids and keep out of sight unless an indoor insect infestation flares up. As ants, carpet beetles, clothing moths, and other unwanted pests attempt to get inside your home, these indoor spiders help to stop them.

Isn't it great having spiders? Is it actually a good thing to have spiders living inside your home or creating webs on your exterior and in zones of vegetation on your property? Let's take a look at the bigger picture.

Why A Spider Infestation In Your Home Can Be Problematic

Sure, spiders are beneficial critters. They eat other pests. While that can seem like a good reason to keep them around, we recommend that you don't. Not only are spiders not nearly as effective at controlling pests as human pest control professionals, but those spiders also present problems of their own.

  • Spiders are not a welcome sight. They are creepy bugs that crawl around in your home and make you feel uncomfortable. 
  • Most spiders bite. The results of a spider bite vary depending on what species of spider bites you. Some spider bites feel like a pinprick. Some feel like a bee sting.
  • Venomous spiders are a threat. If black widow or brown recluse spiders find their way into your home or establish themselves near your home, they pose a risk. These two have potent venom capable of making you sick and causing health concerns.
  • Spiders reproduce. There are few things as disturbing as finding a wall covered in tiny baby spiders. It is also disturbing to stumble upon a female wolf spider carrying dozens of tiny spiders on her back.

When you see spider activity in your home, consider contacting Combat Pest Control for spider pest control in Plymouth. We can arrest spider activity indoors and provide exterior protection to prevent spiders from continually entering your home from the outside.

Naturally Effective Spider And Pest Prevention Tips

Spiders are common household pests, and while they may not be harmful, they can be unsightly and even frightening to have around your Plymouth home. If you want to prevent spiders in your home with all-natural solutions, there are a few things you can do to try to keep spiders at bay.

  1. Keep your home and exterior free of clutter. Spiders are attracted to dark, damp places. When they come near your home, they'll hide in objects in your perimeter. Removing these objects reduces the chances of having spiders invade. When they get inside, they'll want to hide in clutter. A home that is clutter-free is resistant to spider activity. 
  2. Keep surfaces clean. The reason this will help you keep spiders out of your home is that they are attracted to undisturbed places that feel like the outdoors. A spider is far more likely to create a web in a dusty or dirty garage than a clean kitchen, even if there are food options in the kitchen, such as flies and ants. Vacuum regularly, dust surfaces, and wipe down sills.
  3. Seal cracks and crevices around your home. Spiders can enter your home through even the smallest openings, so it's important to seal up any cracks or crevices around your windows, doors, and foundation. You can use caulk or expanding foam to address gaps and cracks and to seal gaps around your windows. Seal your exterior doors with weatherstripping and apply door sweeps if needed. 
  4. Use natural spider repellents. There are a number of natural spider repellents that you can use around your home. These include vinegar, citrus oils, and peppermint oil. You can spray these on your exterior or indoors. They're all-natural and won't harm you.
  5. Remove webs. The more spiders you have on the exterior of your home, the more likely spiders will invade your home. A single spider egg sac can have hundreds of eggs in it. Don't let those webs sit for long. Use a spider web removal tool to collect them and crush the paper-like egg sacs to destroy the eggs inside. If you don't care to do this, remember that Combat Pest Control offers de-webbing and spider egg sac removal as a part of our customized, year-round pest control treatment plans. 
  6. Get rid of any food sources. Spiders eat insects and insects are attracted to food inside your home, so it's important to get rid of any potential food sources. This includes crumbs on the floor, spilled food, and even pet food. Be sure to clean up spills immediately, and store food in airtight containers. Along with sanitation, consider light as an attractant for insects. Before flies enter your home, it is likely that they'll first hang out around an exterior light near an entryway. Keep lights off or install motion-sensitive bulbs to allow light to come on only when you need it. You can also combat insect populations with an ongoing treatment plan from Combat Pest Control.
  7. Keep your home dry. Spiders (and the insects they eat) like moisture, so it's important to keep your home dry. This means fixing any leaks and dehumidifying your home if necessary. You can also use a fan to circulate the air in your home.

By following these tips, you can naturally prevent spider infestations in your home. However, if you do find spiders, it's important to remove them quickly. How? You can do it by using a vacuum or a broom to sweep them up or you can deploy sticky traps to catch them. If you have a severe infestation, the best way to get rid of spiders is to call a professional home pest control company.

Professional Pest Control Is The Best Spider Control Solution

Professional pest control is the best way to control spiders. We have the experience and expertise to identify and treat spider infestations. We also have access to the latest and most effective pest control products. Plus, we back our services with a warranty so you know you'll get the results you want. If you have a problem with spiders after the treatment, we will come back and treat the problem again at no additional cost. We can also help you to prevent future spider infestations. We inspect your home and identify any areas that are attracting spiders and recommend ways to make your home less attractive to spiders. If you have a problem with spiders in your Plymouth home, it is best to call Combat Pest Control for assistance. We are able to identify and treat the problem quickly and effectively.

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