Picking up a shirt or blanket off the floor to find a quick scurrying spider can be very unnerving. Spiders are not fun to find in your home. Though bites are rare, the possibility of suffering a bite from a black widow or brown recluse is enough for most people to determine that all spiders are dangerous. While that is not true and many spiders are harmless, spiders continue to be  undesirable house guests. If you are looking to prevent spiders from getting in your Monterey home, there are several good habits to establish that will make your house less attractive for a spider to set up shop in your corners, closets, and seldomly used cabinets. Of course, if a spider or two still comes into your home, calling a professional pest control company can make sure a few spiders does not turn into a full fledged infestation.

Preventing spider infestations

Spider prevention is all about controlling water sources and foods that spiders may be attracted to in your home. Monterey homeowners who don’t want to develop a spider problem should live by these tips to discourage spiders from coming in.

  • Keep things clean. Spiders eat bugs. If you are determined to keep spiders out of your house, you have to keep other bugs out first. Cleaning up after meals by putting all food away in the fridge or airtight containers, sweeping after meals, and wiping down countertops will deter all kinds of bugs.
  •  Promptly take out the trash and keep outdoor garbage bins away from the home. This will cut down on drawing insects that spiders are after from coming into your home. 
  • Make sure any water drips or highly humid corners of your house are fixed and aired out.  This will keep your home from becoming a magnet for insects that spiders love to eat. Using a dehumidifier in the basement or bathroom can also be an excellent idea.

Treating your home for spiders yourself

Treating your home for a spider problem on your own can be a little tricky. If you would like to treat spiders yourself, you can try:

  • Insecticides that kill on contact
  • Spider traps
  • Indoor insecticide barriers
  • Natural repellents like essential oils
  • You could kill spiders on contact with your shoe or a flyswatter

But if spiders have infested your home, you won’t want to have to smash each one before it scampers under your chair or creeps across the ceiling over where you are sitting. Calling a professional can make your spider problem disappear because of the proven techniques and experience of a trusted pest control service. For Monterey residents, if you have a spider infestation or want to make sure spiders never become a problem, give Target Pest Control a call today to set up your initial inspection and begin treating your home for spiders.