It can be more than a little bit disturbing to find spiders inside your Phoenix home. If you'd like to make indoor spider sightings a thing of the past, we have some good news. There are steps you can take to significantly reduce your chances of ever seeing a spider inside your Phoenix home again. Here's how it works.
1. Trash Storage
There are many insects that are attracted to the scent of decaying food, and spiders will come into your Phoenix yard to catch and feed on these insects. One of the best ways to reduce insect activity is to properly dispose of trash.
- Make sure your garbage is in plastic bags.
- Store bagged garbage in covered containers.
- Remove your garbage weekly.
- If your receptacle develops a strong odor, use a cleaning agent to disinfect it.
2. Yard Maintenance
There are many critters that will hide under leaves, dead branch piles, grass clippings, and other organic debris. When you stay on top of your yard maintenance, you reduce the critters that spiders feed on.
- Blow leaves out from under your porch and out from your landscaping.
- Stack dead branches in a pile that is well away from your exterior walls. If you're able, burn them as you collect them. That is even better.
- Mow your grass frequently to avoid having grass that lays on your lawn. If you have to collect grass clippings with your mower, bag them and store them away from your exterior.
- Pests will hide under any clutter that is in your backyard. They have a preference for organic clutter, such as wood flower bed borders, wooden pallets, wood flower pots, stone debris, etc.
3. Landscape Maintenance
Spiders and other pests will be drawn to the vegetation in your landscaping no matter what you do. But you actually have control over pest activity happening in your landscape.
- Trim plants, bushes, and shrubs, particularly at the bottoms. This removes harborage options and allows the air to keep things dry.
- Get rid of weeds and grass that have encroached. These capture moisture and provide the perfect habitat for many of the bugs that spiders feed on.
4. Moisture Control
Water is a building block of life, and Phoenix critters are drawn to properties that provide drinking water and moist habitats. Everything you do to control moisture will reduce insects, invertebrates, vertebrates, and the spiders that eat them.
- Get your gutters cleaned.
- Repair damaged downspouts.
- Install splash blocks where needed.
- Put your sprinklers on a timer.
5. Structural Gaps
If your exterior has holes, spiders are likely to use them to get into your home. Do a detailed inspection of your exterior and seal any potential entry points. Here are a few suggestions.
- Use a caulking gun to seal every gap you can find, and fill in holes created by wood-damaging pests, such as mice and rats.
- Use a caulking gun to create a seal around plumbing and wire conduits that penetrate your foundation walls.
- Repair chipped mortar and cracks in your foundation slab.
- Replace weatherstripping, door sweeps, and screens as needed.
One spider web can have 300 eggs in it. When you remove spider webs, you keep those 300 eggs from turning into 300 spiderlings. Dewebbing is an often overlooked method for spider control.
7. Professional Pest Control
When you want the best possible protection, there is no better way to get control of spiders and the critters they eat than to invest in a residential pest control plan. Why? Here are just a few of the many reasons:
- If you don't have time to take care of maintenance and exclusions, your technician can help you get this job done.
- If you don't have the expertise to seal certain entry points, your technician can do it for you.
- If you don't have the time or inclination to stay on top of dewebbing, your technician can handle this during routine pest control visits.
- If you have vulnerabilities that can't be addressed, your technician can select products, such as baits and botanicals, to reduce spiders and spider food sources.
- A year-round pest control plan gives you appropriate pest control in every season.
- When a technician visits your home routinely, you get essential pest control inspections that pick up on pest problems before they become serious pest control issues.
- Pest control is a science that is best handled by a certified individual who is trained in this science.
Have you been on the fence about whether or not to invest in pest control? Let spiders be your inspiration to get the spider control service you've always needed. Reach out to Green Home Pest Control today. We can help you find the right options for your specific needs.