Spring Cleaning For Spiders and Other Pests In Westchester

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5/22/2019


Spring cleaning is bad enough for most people, especially when the cleaning list keeps getting longer and longer. It doesn’t help that a variety of insect pests have overwintered inside your home, leaving behind skeletal remains and feces, not to mention webs in every corner. And with spring upon us, more insects and spiders will want access to your home.

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Westchester is host to a variety of common spiders: wolf spiders, jumping spiders, American house spiders, orb-web spiders, and yellow sac spiders to name a few. Less common are brown recluse spiders, and black widow spiders that usually come in on shipping packages and boxes from out of state. Most spiders in Westchester are fairly harmless. Bites from wolf spiders, jumping spiders, American house spiders, and orb-web spiders may sting or cause slight itchy irritations, but these usually will not result in anything serious. A bite from a yellow sac spider can be moderately harmful but not nearly as concerning as a bite from a brown recluse or black widow spider.

What attracts these spiders to your home? It comes down to a few things:

  • An infestation of insect pests that are considered food for spiders.
  • Ample spider hiding places such as storage areas, boxes, closets, basements, attics, wall voids, areas behind appliances, dark corners, and undisturbed rooms.
  • Entry points that allow spiders to enter (cracks and crevices in the foundation, exterior siding, and windows, as well as under doors.)
  • Moisture found in basements, around leaky faucets and pipes, and around appliances.

Spider prevention is really all about insect control. Spiders have no other reason to invade your home. They don’t need the warmth or shelter your home provides. They want to get into your home to feast on all of the tasty insects that are there. If you eliminate insects inside your home, spiders won’t want to come in. Here’s what you need to do to prevent insects this spring:

  • Eliminate excessive humidity by fixing leaky fixtures and pipes. It’s also a good idea to run dehumidifiers in damp rooms.
  • Limit indoor house plants that will attract insects.
  • Keep your trash cans clean and sealed with tight-fitting lids.
  • Seal off all entry points that allow access to your home. Use caulk in cracks and crevices, install door sweeps, be sure screens do not have holes, and block access through utility entrances around wires, cables, and plumbing.
  • Avoid some common mistakes homeowners make to attract spiders.

The best solution for your pest problems is to get help from a professional pest control service. They can get rid of pests and help prevent them in the future too! Call on the experts at Parkway Pest Services for year-round control in Westchester so you can check that off your spring to-do list. Nothing could be more pleasing than a pest free home! Call Parkway Pest Services today for more information.

The best solution for your pest problems is to get help from a professional pest control service. They can get rid of pests and help prevent them in the future too! Call on the experts at Parkway Pest Services for year-round control in Westchester so you can check that off your spring to-do list. Nothing could be more pleasing than a pest free home! Call Parkway Pest Services today for more information.


 
 
 

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