Spiders in Florida will enter homes for many reasons, but often they enter because they are searching for prey. Spider prey includes most types of insects, so if you have a current insect infestation inside your home, there’s a good chance you’re attracting spiders. Do you have a lot of spiders in your home? Florida pest control professionals at McCall Services get calls regularly from home and business owners that are all dealing with spiders on their properties, so we’ve come up with a few spider prevention tips to help reduce populations of these pests in your Florida home.
To reduce spider populations, you must rectify the conditions that may be inviting them.
Eliminate entry points. If spiders and insects cannot get inside, they won’t be a problem. Check screens for rips or tears and look for cracks in your home’s foundation or gaps around siding and entry points for pipes and utility cables.
Trim back bushes and trees from your home. These things can act like bridges, making it easier for pests like spiders to get into your home.
Store wood piles and other outdoor items away from the home. Outdoor piles are great hiding places for spiders, so having them near your home can be inviting to spiders.
Before bringing in items from outdoors (patio furniture, children’s toys, etc) check them over for spiders; they could easily be hiding on these items and brought unknowingly into a home.
Routinely clean your home to eliminate spiders and discourage them from returning. Use a vacuum to remove spider webs and their eggs sacs.
Reduce clutter in areas of the home where spiders like to hide, including basements, attics, closets and garages. With fewer places to hide, you’ll have fewer spiders inside your home.
When it comes to dealing with spiders, most Florida spiders that we come into contact with are not dangerous. They are often more afraid of us than we are of them, but there are a few spiders that are considered dangerous. The brown recluse spider and the black widow spider are both reclusive, but if they are accidentally handled or stepped on, they can deliver a painful bite that can actually be life threatening, especially for children or the elderly. If you should spot a brown spider in Florida and you suspect it’s a brown recluse, contact the professionals at McCall Services immediately for spider identification and spider control.
For year round spider control as well as control for other pests in the home, consider McCall’s home pest control services. Our residential pest control program eliminates ants in Florida homes as well as roaches, rodents and other pests. With thorough inspections, treatments and prompt professional service, our year round pest control program guarantees that your home will be pest free and remain that way; give us a call today to find out more about our comprehensive guarantee and to schedule your first inspection.