Spiders can be surprisingly difficult pests to get rid of, and when deep cleaning your house and killing every spider you see doesn't work, it may be time to call an exterminator. If you aren't sure you're ready to make the call, read on to see how a professional pest control service can help you.
Identify Your Specific Needs
Getting rid of spiders doesn't have a one-size-fits-all solution. All sorts of factors can play into what measures are necessary to keep spiders out of your home, such as where you live, the general climate, what spiders are native to your area, and how those spiders make homes and reproduce. For example, the methods a professional uses to treat infestations of spiders that make webs and lay eggs in sacs in your home will be different from what's necessary to keep away spiders that are constantly on the move and reproduce elsewhere. Climate can also affect when spiders will reproduce or how they try to find shelter.
Above all, it's helpful to get an in-home consultation from a pest control specialist so they can take a look at your house and the surrounding property. This will give them an idea as to what species of spider you're having the most trouble with and how to go about dealing with it. Every homeowner's situation is unique, and with roughly three thousand different species of spiders to choose from, it's worth making sure your pest control efforts are tailored to your needs.
Get Rid of Existing Spiders
No matter the size of your house, it will start feeling enormous when you start thinking about all the different places spiders can make homes, hide, and lay eggs. It isn't typically feasible to get rid of an infestation just by killing every spider you see; treating pests is a little more complicated and again can depend on the specific type of spider you're dealing with.
For example, if you're dealing with spiders that commonly lay egg sacs, you'll need the spiders, their webs, and their eggs removed to effectively treat the problem. This is especially problematic with egg sacs that can contain thousands of eggs. These spiders will typically stay in many of the same areas, so they're easier to find, but conversely are harder to remove effectively due to laying eggs that may be hidden away.
Exterminators may use pesticides that are safe for indoor use and use them in places like lofts, attics, and basements. They may also spray in crevices like along baseboards. Alternatively, they may recommend home maintenance or repairs if they would be more effective or if pesticides aren't safe due to children or pets.
Keep in mind that even after an exterminator visits, you still may see spiders here and there in your home because it's impossible to get them all in one go. However, as long as you're dedicated and keep up with service, you will notice a decline in their numbers.
Keep More From Getting In
The second important part of getting rid of spiders is making it hard for them to get into your home in the first place. This can be even more complicated than finding spiders already in your home because spiders can fit through very tiny spaces. If you want to get a head start, there are some things you can do yourself.
- Check any vents, grates, plumbing, or electrical access points to your house and make sure they are properly sealed. Improperly sealed spaces can let in a whole host of pests.
- Have your trees and plants trimmed to keep them from touching your house. The fewer ways spiders can get in, the better.
- Have any obvious structural problems or repair work done to seal off gaps and close holes.
If you aren't sure if you need anything in particular done, your exterminator will be able to help make recommendations.
Beyond this, exterminators will often use external pesticides to create a "barrier" around your house, typically by spraying around the entire foundation and anything else connected to your house, such as patio cover posts. They may also recommend changes to any outdoor lights in an attempt to attract fewer bugs and may also try looking for nearby nesting sites or any areas of your yard where spiders may be plentiful.
Treatments aren't permanent, however, so to effectively keep spiders out of your home, your exterminator may recommend a treatment plan. This is optional, but for keeping spiders out of your home in the long-term, it's a valuable investment.
For more information, contact a pest control company like Abc Pest.