Spiders are one of the most common pests we treat in the Pacific Northwest. Spiders are one of the very few pests that live on all continents of the world. Though these bugs mainly try to mind their own business, they come across as incredibly daunting. In this article, we will discuss some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to spiders and how to treat them.
Many people are concerned about the potential danger that spiders pose when they bite. It is important to know that while all spiders contain venom, very few affect humans. Spiders, aside from black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders, are typically harmless.
Identifying a spider in your home involves examining the spider’s size, color, markings, and overall body shape. The most common spiders you might encounter in the Pacific Northwest include the Giant House Spider, Common House Spider, Orb Weaver Spider, Jumping Spider, Cellar Spider, Crab Spider, Sac Spider, and Wolf Spider. It can be helpful to compare the spider in your home with photos of common spiders in your state or region when trying to identify the species.
The most identifiable way to know if you are dealing with a spider infestation is by the number of spider webs in your home. If you notice multiple spider webs in various locations, the likelihood of a spider infestation is high. It can also be telling if you notice an increase in the number of insect prey in your home. It is important to remember that spiders will only stay in your home if they have a sufficient food source. Dealing with other smaller pests first can be beneficial when it comes to treating spiders.
There are things you can do around your home to prevent spiders from entering your house. It is important to ensure that the house is tightly sealed from any cracks and gaps. It is also important to ensure that doors and windows are properly secured. You can use items such as caulk and weatherstripping to help seal any areas that need attention. It can also be helpful to reduce the amount of outdoor lighting. Because lights attract other insects, spiders will generally follow. Reducing your outdoor light and limiting the amount of bugs that fly or crawl near your home will reduce the activity of spiders.
The best way to treat spiders is to first focus on the other pests that are in your home. However, you can place cinnamon sticks throughout your home to detract spiders from common hiding areas. If you are experiencing a high population of spiders, you may consider hiring a professional pest control company. This would help eliminate all bugs from the home effectively.