How do I keep spiders out of my home?
Question: How do I keep spiders out of my home?
ANSWER: It is important to note that if you have a spider problem, you likely have another pest problem. Spiders are predators and make a living eating pests such as bugs. They may wander in your home searching for these pests. If you want to rid your home of spiders, a great first step is to contact a licensed pest management professional to first rid your home of the spiders’ food source, which is other pests. In addition, the Specialist can employ spider control tools to catch or repel the spiders. Finally, there are some highly effective strategies Orkin recommends you can do to make your home less attractive to spiders:
• Seal off potential entries like cracks and crevices, spaces under doors (install door sweeps), holes in screens, etc.
• Inhibit their ability to create webs by cleaning, dusting, removing clutter, etc.
• Reduce lights on the outside which may attract other pests.
Call your local Orkin Branch Office and set up a visit by a highly trained Orkin Pest Specialist. The Orkin Specialist will assess the situation and develop a customized solution, based on science, that best fits your needs.
Question: Can you help me with spiders in my basement?
ANSWER: The first step in controlling spiders is to prevent the arachnids from entering the home. Inspect the outside and seal any openings that they could use to get in. Make sure exterior doors close tightly and replace any damaged weather stripping. Repair any damaged screens on vents and basement windows. Make sure the access door to the crawl space closes tightly.
Eliminate potential hiding places wherever possible. Rake mulch away from the foundation. Move firewood away from the house. Trim the grass that grows next to the foundation.
Inspect carefully, especially in basements. Remove any spider webbing with a vacuum. Sticky traps are a quick way to remove hunting spiders and males that are seeking mates. Place the traps in corners in dark areas like closets or basements. Make sure children and pets cannot get into the traps. Insecticide will control spiders when applied correctly. The Orkin Man can help with that. That being said, the best use of an insecticide is to remove the food the spiders are feeding on, which are insects.
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