If you have spiders in your home, you might be looking for ways to get rid of them. Indoor spiders are common, but they can be a burden. The following tips will help you to get rid of the current spider problem and prevent more problems in the future.
Seal Off the Home
Before you start exterminating the spiders, make sure you prevent any more from coming inside. Spiders can get in through even the tiniest holes and cracks, so start there. Check the entire home foundation inside and outside for possible entrance points. Repair any cracks or holes you find in the walls. Check around windows and doors for cracks or large spaces. You may need weatherstripping if there are large gaps around the doors and windows. If you have a basement, check there for entrance points as well, as that is a common place to attract pests like spiders.
Get Rid of Their Food Source
Once you are sure there are no easy ways into your home, take away the spider's food source. Spiders that are inside your home will starve and if they can find a way out, they will be on their way shortly. You can do this by finding their webs and taking them down. Be careful when taking down webs, as there might be spiders near them, that can fall onto the ground and scurry away. Check all ceilings, walls, and corners to be sure you got the webs. While many of them are high up, you might find some webs low to the ground, such as behind your toilet.
Reduce Water and Moisture
Spiders are also drawn to areas with a lot of water and moisture, so eliminate that from your home as well. Try to keep the moisture level in your basement and bathrooms low with proper ventilation and dehumidifiers. If you find any water leaks around plumbing fixtures, have them repaired as soon as possible. Check for water leaks underneath sinks, which is a common place for spiders to hide.
Set Out Traps
It is now time to get rid of the spiders still currently in your home. Unless you can find them and kill them on your own, you will need to set out traps. There are different types of traps, though the sticky traps are often the most convenient. The spider is drawn to the scent of the trap, but once it gets on the glue of the trap, it can't move. When you find spiders on the traps, throw them away, and set more traps until you no longer find any on the traps.
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After living with a pest problem in our home for years, I kind of figured the bugs were there to stay. I had tried just about every kind of at-home treatment that I could think of, but nothing was working. It was frustrating, but I knew that there had to be something that could help. After failing for what seemed like the millionth time, I finally decided to work with a professional exterminator. The expert was incredibly proficient and knowledgeable about pest problems, and remarkably, he removed all of the pests from our house that day. This blog is all about working with a pro to eliminate pest problems.