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What to Do If You See Spiders in Your Home

 

There are spiders in my home, what do I do?

There are many spiders that can get into our homes. Some of those spiders don't bite. They're just creepy guests that hang out in the cellar or in other secluded locations. Some of those spiders will bite you but are only capable of producing red, itchy welts. The spiders to be concerned about are the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. These are venomous spiders that can cause a bite wound that is considered medically important. Here are some things you can do if and when you see spiders in your home.

Common House Spiders

The spiders that establish webs in your kitchen and in other common areas can be deterred by removing their webs but the best ways to deter them is to get rid of their food source. Spiders eat flies. Everything you do to control flies in your kitchen will help to control spiders as well.

  • Keep your trash in a sealed container.

  • Keep surfaces washed and carpets vacuumed.

  • Pick up spills quickly.

  • Put fruit in the refrigerator rather than on the kitchen island or dining room table.

  • Put dirty dishes in a sink full of soapy water rather than next to the sink in a dry stack.

  • Reduce fly populations around your home by keeping lights off at night and keeping shades drawn. You may also consider replacing exterior light bulbs with yellow, insect-resistant bulbs.

We recommend going one step further and investing in a residential pest control program. While common house spiders are not going to present a great threat to you and your family, there are many other pests that can. Cockroaches, rodents and other dirty pests can be mechanical vectors for harmful bacteria. Ticks, mosquitoes and other pests are a risk for harmful pathogens that can be fatal or cause lifelong health issues. Reducing and controlling common house spiders is a side benefit to residential pest control.

Dangerous Spiders

If you have a residential pest control plan in place, it will provide some help with controlling black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders because residential pest control reduces bug populations around your home. With less food, those spiders won't have as much reason to be hanging out near your home and accidentally getting inside. But, we recommend greater protection than this when it comes to dangerous spiders.

At Action Pest Control, we use Integrated Pest Management, green pest control and EPA-approved products to monitor for spider activity and eliminate all spiders present. This is a systematic and detailed process that our team of pest professionals is trained to execute. When finished, your risk of exposure to dangerous spiders will be significantly reduced.

Ongoing Personal Protection for Dangerous Spiders

There are steps you can take to avoid dangerous spider bites inside and outside of your home.

  • When working in the yard, be sure to wear gloves. These spiders can hide in brush, around rocks and in holes.

  • Wear gloves when moving items from storage, especially a shed, barn or outbuilding.

  • Use a flashlight to carefully check underneath decks, patios, porches and other external structures. These are common hiding places for dangerous spiders.

  • Wear something on your feet when walking around in the yard or around your home.

  • Before you wear clothing or put on footwear, shake those items out.

  • When sliding into bed, always take a look under your covers. It is never fun to slide in next to a spider.

  • Always shake towels and coats before using them.

If you live in our extensive service area, reach out to Action Pest Control for residential pest control or spider control. Our team is one of the best in the business. They've earned the Angie's List Super Service Award and have been listed on the best of Thumbtack and HomeGuide. Don't trust your pest control needs to just anyone. When spiders are a problem, take action and get Action.

 

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