From mice and rats to squirrels and roaches, the various pests that could enter your home are overwhelming. Ridding your home of or preventing these pests is possible with home maintenance and professional assistance. However, proper understanding is also important. If you have spiders in your home or have a fear of having spiders in your home, this guide can help. Here are a few facts you should know about spiders.
Spiders Eat Other Pests
Most people are surprised to learn that spiders do consume other pests. They feed on smaller insects, such as ants, termites, beetles, mosquitoes, and moths. Therefore, spiders can actually be beneficial if you have another type of pests in the home.
Of course, having a few spiders will be beneficial, but having an infestation can be burdensome, so knowing the signs of an infestation is smart.
Spider Infestations Are Possible
As mentioned earlier, it is possible for your home to develop a spider infestation. Signs of an infestation vary depending on the type of spiders in your area.
If you have numerous webs in and around your home, you most likely have an infestation. Some spiders do not create normal webs, though. The black widow, for example, creates a den using webbing instead of the traditional spider webs.
Even if you do not see webs, you may still have a spider infestation. Some spiders roam free, hiding in the crevices of your home.
Spider Infestations Can be Treated
If you believe you have a spider infestation, help is available. Professionals will inspect your home to determine the severity of the infestation and which type of spiders are the problem.
Most professionals will recommend a residual pesticide, which is sprayed into corners and crevices of your home. Since spiders may be attracted to other pests as their main food source, the pesticide can kill these pests, as well. This can also help control future spiders and other pests.
Applying the pesticide around your home's exterior is also necessary. This pesticide creates a barrier, preventing spiders and other insects from coming into your home.
Walk around the home and seal any cracks and openings in the foundation or siding, as well. Use caulk or silicone to seal these openings, which will help reduce the risk of not only spiders and other pests, but also the moisture that attracts these unwanted guests.
Understanding all of the different types of spiders can be a challenge, but understanding why and how they enter your home is possible. This guide will help you understand spiders and the best way to control them. Contact a pest service, like Godfather's Exterminating, Inc., for more help.