Spiders are practically everywhere. They can be found on every continent except Antarctica and because they like to make their homes in hidden spaces, might be in more places than you realize. That being said, the idea of spiders creeping around your house can be too much to bear. If you see a spider in your home, there are a few things you should do.
- First, identify what type of spider you have come across. If it is a venomous spider such as a brown recluse or black widow, you should try to kill it immediately. You do not want one of these spiders on the loose in your home. If it is a harmless spider, however, you may want to explore other options besides squashing it immediately.
- The vacuum is a great tool to get rid of a spider. You can make the spider and its web go away without ever having to touch it or get too close. If you use this method, I would suggest emptying your vacuum immediately into a bag that can be sealed so the spider doesn’t break free in your home once again.
- You can relocate the spider to the outdoors. Spiders are actually very beneficial in nature, helping to control the pest population naturally. If you are able to take the spider outside, it can hopefully rejoin nature and provide a benefit to your surrounding property.
- One spider sighting can also be a sign of a larger issue. It may be a good idea to perform a quick inspection to determine if you found a lone spider, or if more are lurking in your home. Take a few minutes to look around in the corners and crevices of your home to see evidence of more spiders. Check under and behind furniture, around the perimeters of closets, in the attic and around the garage. If you discover live bugs or spider webs, it may be time to call a professional to perform a full pest service.
If you only find a single spider during your inspection, you can perform some easy measures to prevent more spiders from entering your home.
- Seal up any cracks or crevices around your home. This is where spiders will seek shelter and enter your home, so ensuring that mortar and cracks in the foundation are filled in will keep spiders and other pests at bay.
- Keep your home clutter-free. Spiders like to make their homes in woodpiles or boxes, so you can remove their temptations in your home by keeping it neat and free of dust.
- Repair broken screens on doors or windows.
- Keep your home free of other pests. Since spiders eat insects and other bugs, you will cut off their food supply if no bugs are found in your home.
If your inspection turns up evidence of a spider problem, it’s a good idea to call an expert to provide better protection from pests. Target Pest Control can provide a thorough inspection of your home and create a custom plan to keep your home pest-free. Contact us today to set up a consultation and ensure your home remains comfortable for you and your family.