Spiders and DIY Control Methods


Controlling Spider Populations Around Your Home is a Continuous Battle

Spiders are very adaptable and efficient insects and can be found all over the world. Some species prefer moisture and can be found in damp places like basements, crawlspaces, and bathrooms. Other species prefer dry, warm habitats and can be found in air vents, corners of upper-rooms, and attics. Spiders are carnivorous predators and lie in wait for their prey in dark, quiet areas.

Spiders feed on many different kinds of insects from flies to millipedes, and even other spiders.

Tens of thousands of species have been identified across the world. Depending on where you live, the specific spider that might present a threat to your home may be vastly different.

Most spiders will enter your home in one of two possible ways. They’ll either enter through open doors or windows, or through cracks and gaps in the foundation of your home. In these instances, these pests will likely be hunting other insects, and suspect that your home may prove to be a lucrative feeding ground.

Spiders also might gain entry into your home by hitching rides on boxes or other old storage items that are transported inside. Once inside, the spider will likely try to hunt, and establish itself in a quiet corner as it waits for prey.

In order to adequately control pest populations, it may be necessary to periodically inspect both in inside and outside of your home for cobwebs. Cleaning cobwebs in this way is by no means a permanent solution, and you’ll probably be surprised at how quickly these pests can rebuild their homes, but keeping a close eye on the status of the webs is a good way of ameliorating the problem before it becomes too severe.

Another helpful control method is to remove debris and long grass from your yard as thoroughly as possible. This process will both eliminate possible hiding places for the spiders themselves, but it will also reduce the number of hiding places for their prey, which will mitigate their presence on your property in the first place.

Likewise, using an average, commercially available insecticide to remove food sources for spiders is a good way to keep their numbers down.

Although spiders are much maligned in popular culture, there are only a few species which can actually harm humans. These species include the black widow, brown recluse, hobo spider, and European house spider. While the presence of these species in your home may be cause for concern, it should be noted that these species do not build webs indoors, and are therefore not really a long-term threat.

The chances of finding these kinds of spiders in your home is very rare, and most spiders are actually beneficial for the local ecosystem by keeping the number of other, more destructive insects in check. Although most spiders are indeed harmless to humans, it’s still a wise decision to consult a physician if you suspect that a spider bite may cause a reaction.

If spiders have made an unsightly appearance around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.