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Five Simple Tips To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Souderton Home

Spiders are creepy, gross, and scary houseguests. While most of the spider species that get into Souderton homes are mostly harmless, it's not generally fun having them around. They show up in unexpected places and jump you out of your skin. They create webs for you to walk through, face first, and those webs don't do much for the curb appeal of your home. Today, we're offering up five simple tips to help you keep spiders out of your home. This is everything you need to know about spider management.

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Step 1: Reduce Spiders Around Your Home

Spiders come into your yard seeking food sources, water, and sheltered places to create webs. If you make your yard, and the perimeter around your home, unattractive as a spider hunting ground, you can deter spiders and reduce spider populations. This will result in fewer unwanted entries.

  • Bag your trash and store it in covered receptacles. Keep your receptacles free of strong odors and be sure to get all receptacles to the curb weekly. Spiders eat the pests that are drawn to rotting organic matter.

  • Rake leaves up, bag them, and remove them. Spiders eat moisture pests that hide under leaf piles and leaf litter.

  • Keep firewood, scrap wood, brush piles, and other wood sources away from your exterior. Spiders, and the pests they eat, hide in these places.

  • Replace exterior white lights with yellow lights. Insects can't perceive yellow light. When you reduce light as an attractant, you'll have fewer insects for spiders to eat.

  • Manage your landscaping to reduce damp conditions and reduce sheltered locations for insects, bugs, and spiders.

  • Clean your gutters and repair any damage in your gutter system.

Step 2: Seal Potential Entry Points

When spiders crawl on your foundation walls, scale your exterior, and establish webs under your roofline, this activity can lead to unwanted entries. You can deter spiders by removing entry points. A spider won't chew its way into your home. It will take advantage of gaps, cracks, and holes.

  • Your exterior doors don't just let you into your home. Adjust sliding glass doors and double doors to make sure your doors have a good seal. Replace weatherstripping that is old or damaged. Install door sweeps on doors that don't have them. Seal gaps around door frames and fill in any holes created by wood-destroying pests.

  • Make sure all your screens are in good working order and that the frames around your screens don't offer any gaps for spiders to slip past.

  • Use a caulking gun to create a good seal around plumbing, wire conduits, and other foundation penetrations.

  • Use a foundation repair kit to seal cracks in your foundation walls.

  • Make sure weep holes and vents are properly protected.

  • Inspect your eaves and seal any openings you find.

Step 3: Remove Webs

Many spiders create egg sacs in their webs. An American house spider can have as many as 400 eggs in its sac. While only a small percentage of the spiders that hatch from those eggs will grow up to be adult spiders, it is clear to see that removing spider webs can help to deter population growth. The tool for this job is a spider-removal tool. If you need to get webs on your roofline, attach your tool to a long pole. Once you've extracted the webs, inspect them for tiny, paper-like pouches. If you find any, crush them or dispose of them.  

Step 4: Remove Food Sources In Your Home

When spiders get into your home and find food, the tiny spiderlings they produce will also be able to find food. This can lead to lots of spider sightings. You can deter this by keeping your home clean. Why? Because many of the pests spiders eat are attracted to your home by decaying organic matter. When food begins to rot, it gives off an odor. It doesn't take much of an odor to attract insects.  

Step 5: Hire A Professional

It is possible to reduce spider activity to a point that is well below your threshold of comfort. But, when there are conditions that make it difficult to get control of spiders, or if your threshold of comfort is having zero spiders in your home, the solution is to hire a licensed pest management professional. This is where we can help. If you live in Souderton, the pest control professionals here at Moyer Pest Control can help.

How To Get Help

Our team is standing by to help you find the right pest control plan for your Souderton property. Hop over to our residential pest control page to learn more, or drop us a line on our contact page. There is no better way to get control of spiders than to have ongoing pest management from a trusted professional.

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