North America hosts around 3,000 species of spiders, out of which many make our homes their home. It is a common misunderstanding that spiders are insects. They are animals known as arachnids. All species of spiders have a common body structure consisting of eight legs, between six and eight eyes, and jaws. All spiders can bite, but only a few of them are venomous or harmful to humans. Surprisingly, all spiders don’t weave a web, but all of them invariably yield silk.
As a health-conscious parent, you would not like your home to get infested by spiders. When should you become cautious about an impending spider invasion?
Signs of an Imminent Spider Invasion
Usually, spiders enter homes from the immediate surroundings, such as gardens, landscapes and patios, which offer a hospitable ecology to spiders. However, these arachnids can reproduce very quickly and in large numbers. A female spider can lay hundreds of spider eggs in a single sac, and she lays several sacs at a time. If you observe a sudden rise of spider webs in your surroundings, that is the time to be alert. When the spiders overpopulate your exteriors, they may be compelled to invade your home in order to accommodate their growing numbers. You can prevent this from happening in five ways.
Maintain Your Home
Maintaining your home’s cleanliness is a basic but effective measure you can take for spider control. Spiders love cluttered interiors and dark, damp and unkempt spaces, because they offer them food in the form of other pests that they devour. A well maintained home will eliminate these favorable conditions and hence reduce spider population. Home upkeep measures include regular waste removal, maintaining kitchen hygiene, avoiding eating in living and other areas, sealing of cracks, holes, and openings, and avoiding moisture and leakage anywhere in the home.
Use Glue Traps
You can prepare glue traps by layering cardboard pieces with glue or other sticky substance and placing them around the existing and likely spider webs.
Avoid Bright Exterior Lights
Pests that make spiders’ favorite food are attracted to bright light. Spiders will naturally follow this food trail. Hence, avoiding brightly lit gardens, pathways, patios, and garages will keep spiders at bay.
Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a soft rock that contains fossilized remains of aquatic entities. You can make a fine powder of this earth and spread over spider webs and other laces. As spiders crawl over this powder, it will absorb water content from their bodies and dehydrate them to death.
Use Chemical Control
If the spider outbreak is acute, you can spray insecticides over the existing and likely spider hideouts. This should be done as a last resort, because you would not know which the safe and effective insecticides to use are. The Michigan State University recommends Diazinon-containing insecticides for this purpose. They should be sprayed directly on the spider webs.
Although it seems to be a simple DIY measure, spider control in homes is often tricky and time-consuming. As an effective option, you can use the help of a professional pest control service. They are experts at spider control, and they can save a lot of your precious time and effort.