Why Spider Prevention is So Important in Fall
September 12, 2018
Those of us who are a bit afraid of spiders sometimes try to make ourselves feel better by reminding ourselves of their positive traits. “They eat other bugs!” we tell ourselves as we skirt around a big one hanging out in the flower garden.
However, all bets are off when it comes to spiders in your house, and for good reason. Even the excuse that they eat other bugs doesn’t make it good to have them in your house; it simply means that your house probably provides a plentiful food source. In other words, you may not only have a problem with spiders in your house, you may also have a problem with other bugs too.
As fall gets into full swing and the weather gets colder, spiders will be on the hunt for a warm place to hole up for the winter and your house might be the perfect spot. Knowing what type of spider has taken up residence in your home is important in understanding how to deal with them.
Brown recluse and black widow spiders are both dangerous spiders that you definitely don’t want around. Although both spiders prefer to be left alone and dislike you just as much as you dislike them, chance encounters can get you in trouble.
Brown recluse and black widow spiders typically hide in small, dark places where they think they won’t be disturbed. If that place happens to be inside the boots you store in your basement all summer and only pull out in the fall, or behind that box of Halloween decorations it’s almost time to unpack, there’s a high probability that you’ll get bitten as these spiders try to protect themselves. While the danger of these bites has been exaggerated over the years (they rarely lead to death), they can still cause some serious symptoms that may require medical attention.
House spiders and wolf spiders are two other types of spiders that are commonly found in homes. While these spiders don’t have dangerous bites, they are still nuisances that you don’t want in your house. They can build big, elaborate webs that you’ll have to clean up, and as mentioned earlier, often a spider problem means you have another pest problem.
There is one other big problem with spiders getting into your home in the fall. Spiders lay their eggs in the fall, which hatch in the spring. If you’ve ever read Charlotte’s Web, you know that spiders don’t just lay a few eggs; they lay hundreds. Even if you think you don’t have a spider problem because you’ve only seen one or two spiders in your house, that small problem can quickly become a big one when hundreds of baby spiders suddenly appear when the weather warms up.
Fall spider prevention is critical to prevent bigger problems later on. Some ways to prevent spiders from entering your home this fall include:
- Sealing cracks, crevices, and holes around your foundation.
- Keeping trash in tightly sealed containers and removing it frequently. This will help prevent other bugs that attract spiders.
- Keeping your yard well-maintained. Trim the grass, remove leaf and brush piles, and fix areas with excess moisture.
The best way to prevent a spider infestation is to get year-round protection offered by Montgomery Exterminating. We will inspect your home, help eliminate spider-friendly conditions, and implement a pest control plan that will not only protect your home from spiders, but also from other pests that might attract spiders.
Don’t let real spiders become part of your Halloween decor this fall. Call Montgomery Exterminating today.