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What Souderton Property Owners May Not Know About Effective Spider Control

Spiders In Souderton

We have so many spiders in Pennsylvania, it is hard to know where to begin the conversation when it comes to effective spider control. We have wolf spiders, sac spiders, jumping spiders, recluse spiders, house spiders, black widow spiders, funnel weavers, orb weavers, cellar spiders, and so many more. These spiders are quite different from one another. Keep this in mind as you read the following tips. It is important to properly identify the spiders you're dealing with if you want to get complete control of them. These tips are to help you understand what conditions increase your chances of an infestation, and how to correct them.

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Hiding Places

When spiders come into your yard, they look for places to hide. If you have objects in your yard that spiders can hide under or inside, you'll have more spider activity. Remove unnecessary yard clutter and objects that lay on the ground.

Leaves And Sticks

Spiders love to hide in organic debris. These provide a moist place to hide, and the potential for food. Keep leaves raked up and away from your home. Remove leaves from underneath structures, such as your deck. Pick sticks up and remove brush piles from your property.

Spider Webs

Most spiders create webs. They may create them in high locations to catch flying insects, or they may create them down low to catch ground bugs. Some spiders create webs inside holes. If you see webs on your property, it is important to dispose of them. Some spiders create sacs in their webs. Inside these sacs, there can be as many as 300 eggs. The last thing you need is to have those eggs hatch into hundreds of little spiderlings.

Food Sources

Spiders eat insects. Everything you do to reduce insects on your property will have an impact on the spider populations around your home.

  • Keep your trash in clean, protected receptacles.

  • Reduce exterior lighting where it is not a security concern.

  • Remove unnecessary vegetation.

  • Reduce standing water sources.

Moisture

Water is a building block of life. If the ground and landscaping around your home is damp, you will have more bug activity. This will lure spiders in close to your home. Some of the conditions that increase moisture are also attractive to spiders as a hiding place, or hunting ground for food.

  • Trim bushes in your landscaping, make sure you have space between your plants. This allows for good airflow. Air helps to dry topsoil after watering, or after it rains.

  • Fix any breaks in your gutter system, splash blocks, or downspouts. Your gutters are vital for the health of your home, and equally as important for pest control.

  • Remove tree branches in areas around your home where the ground below stays damp. Branches block the sun from drying the topsoil.

  • Water your plants in the morning and give the sun plenty of time to dry the moisture before nighttime. It is bad to have moisture on your plants overnight.

Exclusion

Once you've done what you can to reduce spider activity and spider populations around your home, it is time to consider sealing any potential openings spiders can use to get inside.

  • Seal gaps around foundation wall penetrations.

  • Seal cracks in your foundation walls.

  • Seal gaps around window and door frames.

  • Fix weatherstripping, screens, and door sweeps.

  • Protect weep holes.

  • Protect exhaust vents.

  • Fix broken window or door panes.

Added Protection

The best way to get control of spiders is to invest in a residential pest control plan. Routine visits from a licensed professional will give your exterior what it needs to repel and eliminate potential pest problems. This also works to reduce the food source that attracts spiders to your property. Along with this, your pest control professional will also remove webs and dispose of them.

If you live in our Souderton service area, reach out to Moyer Pest Control. We offer competitively priced exterior pest protection that is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. We've been helping Pennsylvania property owners get control, and keep control, of pests since 1869. We have the experience to assist you with all your pest control needs… including spiders. 

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