If you’ve spent any length of time living in the Sunshine State, chances are you’ve encountered some of Florida’s many house spiders. Though spiders positively impact their environment by feeding on other pesky pests, they can become a problem if they get too comfortable in your home.
For some homeowners, spiders are just unsettling to look at. Even if you’re the designated spider slayer in your home, however, having too many spiders in your home can become a pain.
No matter what kind of spider issue you may be dealing with, McCall Service is ready and willing to help. We’ve even put together a quick-tip guide with four solutions to show common house spiders in Florida who’s boss.
Create an Unsuitable Environment
Before spiders make their way inside your home, they’ll be creeping around outside. That makes yard maintenance your first order of business.
Spiders prefer moist, shaded areas—especially piles of wood. They’ll look to make a home in any old tires, lumber, dead leaves, boxes, cinder blocks, or beneath your porch; they want anywhere that will let them peacefully nest and lay eggs.
Counteract spiders’ nesting habits by keeping your outdoor areas clean. If you have a lawn, remove clutter, weeds, tall grass, and dead leaves. You should pay extra attention to your outdoor plants, which draw both spiders and the insects they hunt.
If you have a deck, cover the space beneath it with gravel. Since moist dirt in a dark area is perfect for breeding, this can help deter many spiders from making your home their home.
Remove Spider Webs
Many spiders’ primary means of capturing food is through their webs. The American house spider, for example, loves to string up webs anywhere that other, smaller bugs will be, to create a reliable source of meals. This means they’ll hang out near plants, flowers, open trash cans, and outside lights.
Other house spiders, such as daddy-long-legs or jumping spiders, don’t spin webs, and prefer to be in corners, near windows, and downstairs where it’s cool.
Whether or not they spin webs, you can help keep away Florida house spiders by cleaning these areas with a broom, mop, or vacuum.
Remove Their Food Source
If repeated destruction of their webs or hiding spots isn’t enough, you can also send common house spiders in Florida the message they aren’t welcome by removing their source of food.
Flies, mosquitoes, and other juicy spider prey are attracted to plants, lights, and sweets left out by people. Obviously, you don’t want to damage your plants, so start by switching to a dimmer yellow light on your outdoor lights and cleaning up after baking in the kitchen or eating on the patio.
You should also seal up all of your indoor and outdoor trash cans to keep the scent of trash and decomposition from drawing pests.
Seal Up Your Home
As an additional course of action, you can dramatically reduce your chances of a house spider invasion by limiting their means of entry. Ways to keep house spiders from coming inside include:
- Examine the foundations for cracks, especially under the deck or patio
- Fix or seal holes in rotted wood
- Make sure your window and door screens aren’t damaged. Place new screens where necessary, such as over vents or the chimney
- Ensure all door sweeps and weather stripping have good seals
Once spiders are in your walls, it can feel nearly impossible to eradicate them without professional assistance, so preventative measures should be taken whenever possible.
Help When There are Too Many Spiders
A few spiders are great, because they can keep other bugs from chewing up your beloved plants. But when there are too many, it’s best to turn to a reliable spider pest control service like McCall. At McCall, we do it all, and that includes the house spiders invading your space.
Ready to have house spiders vacate your home? Request a free quote and see how McCall can solve your spider problem today!