It is a bug-eat-bug world outside your home. Understanding that spiders eat other bugs can give you important insight into how to control them. If you apply all-natural pest management around your Reno home, not only can you keep insects, centipedes, mosquitoes, and other pests away, but you'll also keep spiders away. Pests are food for spiders, you probably already know this. It is common knowledge that all spiders eat insects. Some residents keep spiders around because they help with pest control. But you don't need spiders on your property to reduce the pests they eat. All you need to do is keep the pests away. All-natural spider pest control in Reno begins with deterring insects. Join us as we discuss common spiders in our area and five natural ways to deter them. It all begins with insect control. Let's look at how it works.
Types Of Spiders In Reno
Several spider species appear in Reno yards, but basically, there are two types of spiders. One type we'll call outdoor spiders. While these arachnids can get inside your home, they don't survive well indoors. Some will die when they get trapped indoors. The other type we'll call common house spiders. The name says it all. A common house spider wants to live in your home.
Common House Spiders In Reno
- American house spiders
- Long-bodied cellar spiders
- Sac spiders
- Brown recluse spiders
- Jumping spiders
Outdoor Spiders In Reno
- Orb weaver spiders
- Funnel spiders
- Wolf spiders
- Black widow spiders
- Brown widow spiders
It is easier to keep outdoor spiders out of your home because they don't want to live in your home. Common house spiders are sometimes difficult to control for the opposite reason. How hard will it be to get pest spiders out of your home? It depends on many factors, including the species of spider that has invaded. Here are a few factors to consider:
- Food is the primary reason spiders live inside a house. Remove the food, and you remove a big reason why common house spiders want to live with you.
- Some spiders have a high moisture requirement. When you address moisture issues and humidity, you make these spiders want to move out.
- When dealing with spiders, you also need to consider exterior entry points. The more entry points you have, the more spiders you'll have indoors.
- A lack of indoor pest management can allow spiders to grow a population in your home. Two natural ways to deal with spiders are sticky traps and web removal. We'll discuss these in depth in the next section.
- A lack of outdoor pest control provides an environment around your home that is conducive to spider activity. This will increase the number of spiders that get inside.
All-natural spider control focuses on these vulnerabilities and attractants. If you want to get rid of spiders in your home, you may only have to alter these conditions. Before we get into the details of how to do this, let's take a moment to discuss why it is important to do the hard work of spider management.
The Harm That Spiders Could Cause
Why you should do something is as important as how you should do something. If you don't understand why you are doing it, you might not put in the effort required for success. When we say "effort" we're not just talking about elbow grease. Setting aside the time to consider how to add year-round pest control service to your budget takes work. Whether you take care of spider control yourself, or you get a pest control service plan for your home, knowing why is a valuable motivator. Here are a few facts to consider.
- Spiders are creepy houseguests. No one in your home is likely to say, "Oh, look at that cute little spider!"
- Spiders create webs. These webs ruin your curb appeal and are unsightly when they accumulate indoors.
- Some spiders can bite you and cause a wound that is similar to a wasp sting.
- Two types of spiders in are area are considered medically important. They are widow spiders and recluse spiders.
Most spiders are generally considered beneficial because they eat mosquitoes, cockroaches, flies, and other disease-spreading pests, but there is a trade-off. You have to put up with seeing spiders and their webs and you have to guard yourself against spiders and their bites. It is best to not have any pests in your home.
Five Natural Spider-Deterring Tips
Now that you have an overview of spiders and spider management, it is time to get into the details. Let's break down five ways to deter spiders naturally. These methods also work to keep general pests out of your home. If you don't have year-round pest control, we strongly recommend rolling your sleeves up and applying these suggestions.
1. Reduce Food Sources
Many household pests are spider food. When you take steps to keep flying insects and crawling bugs out of your home, you deter spiders. Here are a few natural solutions.
- Sanitation. At the heart of every natural pest management strategy is proper sanitation. Dirty conditions attract certain insects such as cockroaches and flies. Keep your home as clean as possible, and remember to deep clean as well. Insects crawl around in spaces that are not easily visible, such as the sides of your oven and underneath your fridge.
- Trash. It is critical to keep your trash covered. Flies and other insects can breed in the garbage. If you aren't removing your trash frequently, insects may have the time they need to reproduce. When they do, spiders will take notice.
- Doors. The insects that spiders eat can fly right through an open door. These flying insects can present many problems besides feeding spiders. Carpet beetles and clothes moths are destructive. Pantry pests lay eggs in your food and contaminate it. Wasps and bees sting. Only open your doors to go in and out quickly.
- Lights. Many insects are attracted to white light. If possible, keep exterior lights off where it isn't a security issue. Replace white lights with yellow lights if you need light in key areas. Insects are not able to see yellow light so they are not attracted to it. Yellow lighting is ideal for entryways where insects can congregate and zip inside when you open the door.
These are only some of the many ways you may naturally deter insects and creeping pests. Do more research to learn how to manage insects by removing attractants.
2. Address Moisture And Humidity
Many household pests require moisture. They need moisture to stay hydrated. They also drink water for survival. These tips focus on controlling moisture and humidity.
- Get a dehumidifier. The moisture inside your home isn't good for your health or property and promotes pest activity. A dehumidifier can remove a surprising amount of water from the air.
- Repair plumbing issues. Leaking faucets and dripping showerheads provide constant water droplets for insects, bugs, and spiders.
- Use your fan. Your bathroom fan removes humidity from your bathroom when you take a shower or bath. It primarily protects your property from moisture damage, but there is another benefit. Venting moisture from your bathroom helps to deter spiders and spider food.
A moisture-controlled home is resistant to pest activity. It is also much nicer to live in.
3. Control Spiders
Spider web removal deters spiders from making webs and can potentially remove hundreds of spiders from your home. Some spiders create egg sacs in their webs and an egg sac can have hundreds of spider eggs inside. Use a spider web removal tool to collect webs and crush any egg sacs you find in the webs.
4. Apply Exclusions
A caulking gun and some expanding foam can help you keep a long list of pests out of your home. Inspect your exterior and look for small gaps, cracks, and holes. Fill these entry points to keep pests out. Once you're done, consider your exterior doors. Many pests slip right through gaps around your doors. Make sure they're properly sealed.
5. Stay On Top Of Yard Work
One of the best ways to reduce spiders around your home and reduce the number of spiders attempting to get into your home is to stay on top of yard work. Remove leaves, sticks, and other organic debris near your exterior walls. These are hiding places for spiders and the bugs they eat.
It is hard work deterring spiders and other pests but it is worth the effort. When you add these control methods to your life, you can naturally deter all the pests that try to get into your home.
The Best Way To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Home
The easiest and best way to keep spiders out of your home is to get professional service. Routine service visits may include:
- Spot treatments to reduce pest activity in your yard
- Spider web and spider egg sac removal
- Mosquito and tick treatments
- A liquid crack and crevice treatment
- Targeted ant and insect control
Your service plan provides layers of protection around your home. The services that control general pests will reduce the food sources spiders search for on your property, and you get targeted spider control as needed.
Are you in Reno? Reach out to Celtic Pest Control to schedule a service visit. Let one of our licensed technicians evaluate the pest pressures and conducive conditions on your property and provide options for ongoing and sustained pest management. Life is so much better when you don't have spiders and other pests getting into your home! Connect with us today. We can help.
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