We have lots of spiders in Chandler. Big hairy wolf spiders, and even bigger hairy tarantulas roam around in our landscaping searching for prey. Black widow spiders hide in brush piles and under rocks. Brown recluse spiders hide under rocks and beneath logs. Funnel web spiders live in webs they create in vegetation, leaf litter, stone walls, and near man-made structures. American house spiders live—well—most of the time, they live inside our homes with us. (And so can many other spiders, even some of the spiders mentioned above.) If you're thinking, "Oh no, nu uh." We're with you. Here is a quick and easy guide for keeping spiders out of your Chandler home.
1. Seal Your Exterior
Spiders get in because they can. The first step in any spider prevention program is to remove potential entry points.
- Inspect your exterior doors. Your doors don't just let you into your home; they can also let spiders in.
- Inspect weatherstripping for gaps. Inspect door sweeps for damage. Inspect frames for holes created by mice, rats, and wood-destroying insects. Inspect the outside edge of the frames for gaps. If you find gaps or holes, you can use a caulking gun to seal them or fill them in temporarily.
- Inspect sliding glass doors. Search for all of the entry points listed above. Also inspect screens for damage, or gaps where the frames are attached.
- Inspect your garage door seal. Spiders can slip under this seal and gain entrance to your garage and ultimately get into your home.
- Inspect brick mortar, and repair any cracks.
- Inspect your foundation and use a repair kit to seal cracks.
- Inspect around exterior wall penetrations, such as plumbing pipes, and fill in any gaps.
- If your home has weep holes, check to make sure you have weep hole protectors.
2. Get Rid Of Spider Webs
When you see spider webs, you might be tempted to keep them around because spiders capture flying insects. Some flying insects, like mosquitoes, are potentially dangerous. But we recommend having a licensed pest management professional take care of mosquito control and for you to remove those webs when you see them. Why? Because some spiders create an egg sac on their webs. These sacs can have three hundred spiders in them. That's a lot of new spiders that could be crawling around, and possibly inside, your Chandler home.
3. Reduce Moist Habitats
Most spiders are attracted to homes that have damp landscaping and lots of vegetation. The reason they're attracted is that moist habitats are usually teeming with moisture pests, and spiders eat moisture pests. When you reduce moisture, you reduce bugs. When you reduce bugs, you reduce the spiders that eat them. It is as simple as that. Here are some suggestions:
- Make sure you have a working gutter system. A working gutter system isn't just important for the health of your home, it can keep your foundation perimeter from becoming oversaturated.
- Make sure your sprinklers are set to give your plants only the amount of water they need, and set your timers to water your plants in the early morning. This gives the sun time to dry the moisture up before dusk.
- Remove weeds and unnecessary plants to provide better airflow. When air is allowed to move easily through your vegetation, it keeps the topsoil dry. The removal of grass, weeds, and unnecessary plants has another benefit. This vegetation traps moisture. Maintain neat, open landscaping to resist spider activity.
4. Address Hiding Places
Many spiders will hide in or under objects, as we mentioned above. It is best to have a limited number of objects in your yard, and avoid having piles, stacks, or clutter. It is even more important to make sure you don't have unnecessary objects near your home. In cases where you can't store items inside or remove them from your property, see if you can elevate them. Getting them up off the ground can make a big difference.
Keep Spider Control In Mind
It pays to have ongoing treatments provided by a licensed pest management professional. At Green Home Pest Control, our team members use the most advanced methods to manage spiders in an environmentally friendly way. They also use EPA approved products to manage insect and bug populations. If you'd like to learn more, or schedule service, reach out to us for advice or assistance.