Have you ever heard someone say, “Just burn it all down,” after a terrifying encounter with a spider? We are here to reassure you, you don’t need to do something this drastic to handle these invasive, eight-legged pests. Here in New York, we have many species of spider, most of which are harmless. These include house spiders, cellar spiders, jumping spiders, orb spiders, web spiders, and wolf spiders. Though sometimes large and scary looking, these spiders generally do not pose a threat to our health, unlike the less common, but much more dangerous, black widow and brown recluse. Here are some common mistakes we make as homeowners that may be attracting harmless, or harmful, spiders to our homes.
Inviting Spiders In
Spiders (not that they really care about you) actually want to help make your home pest free, or at least insect free. Every meal they eat is one bug eliminated for you. The more food sources (insects) you have in your home, the more spiders you will have setting up their pest-capturing systems, aka webs. Since spiders feast on bugs, anywhere bugs reside will attract spiders as well. Here are some things that can attract spiders (or the bugs that attract spiders).
- Dampness and humidity: Many bugs are attracted to areas with lots of moisture, this makes for perfect hunting grounds for house and cellar spiders in search of prey.
- Leaving lights on when it’s dark: Just like a bear that is attracted to a flowing river filled with jumping fish, spiders are attracted to bright lights, surrounded by flying insects. Any place that is near an insect-attracting light is prime real estate for spiders.
- Leaving trash cans open: Open trash cans attract flies, which in turn will attract spiders. Keeping interior and exterior trash can lids sealed will help deter flies, and in turn, spiders.
- More plants: Many insects are herbivores. This means they will feed on pretty much any plant in or around your yard. The more bugs there are in your yard, the more spiders there will be as well.
- Long story short, anywhere insects are, spiders will want to be.
If you have ever cleared spider webs from your home, with either a broom (or your face) you know how much of a nuisance they can be. For many folks, common house spiders, webs, and the occasional jump scare are the only problems they cause. However, there are two spiders, the black widow and brown recluse that, if threatened or disturbed, may pose a serious threat to your health.
Here at Parkway Pest Services, we want you to feel safe from spiders, so we have the solution for you. We know how daunting dealing with spiders can be, especially after they have invaded your home. If you are looking for residential pest control services, which are designed to suit your needs, contact us today!