There are over 40,000 species of spiders on our planet. Most are harmless and even beneficial, helping keep other pest populations in check. All spiders are venomous (not to be confused with poisonous), that’s how they capture and digest their food, turning the insides of the common pests into a soup. Lucky for us, most spider venom will have little or no effect on humans.
Spider control is best accomplished through proper housekeeping, the strategic placement of products, and reducing harborage and points of entrance. It’s impossible to keep all spiders out but a great reduction can be achieved.
Here are some steps that you can take to keep spiders out of your home:
- Remove all extra boxes, bags, and containers from off the floor.
- Be thorough in removing any and all webs.
- Allow items that must be on the floor or shelving that sits on the floor to have some space from the wall (at least 8”).
- Keep lights off of the home if possible. You can have a light shine onto the home for security purposes.
- Reduce all vegetation at least 18” from the house outside.
- Seal all areas around windows, doors, and other entrances into the structure.
- Reduce/eliminate standing water.
- If you can, capture the spider and set it free so it can continue to protect your home.
- Call a pest control company to assess and take control of your pest problem.