10 Quick, Yet Effective, Spider Control Tips For Delaware County Property Owners

a wolf spider outside of a home

As a homeowner, many things are under your control. You determine the temperature of your home, what colors to paint the walls, and where to put a tv and sofa. You also determine your quality of life with how you take care of everything. One great way to increase that quality of life is by controlling spiders around your home.

From unsightly webs to jump scares, these pests are all around bad company. To help you keep annoying and potentially dangerous spiders out of your Delaware County home, here are 10 quick yet effective tips to try.

Common Spiders Around Delaware County

Several species of spiders live here in Delaware Country, most of which are harmless to humans. The most common home-invading arachnid in our area is the wolf spider. This furry, and sometimes large pest, is occasionally mistaken for being more dangerous than they are. Although they are capable of painful bites, their venom is nothing like that of a black widow or brown recluse. Unless you are allergic to insect venom, a bite from one of these pests should hurt no more than that of a bee sting.

Not all spiders build webs, but the ones that do always create them in the worst locations. That is for humans, at least. Inside homes, spiders build webs near areas other pests crawl or fly. Spiders build some webs up high and others near the ground. Either way, they are unsightly and frustrating to walk through.

Only two species of spiders here in Delaware County pose any threat to your health, the black widow and the brown recluse. You can identify black widows by their medium-sized black bodies, bulbous abdomens, and the red hourglass figure on their belly. You can recognize a brown recluse by its smaller brown to tan body, long thin legs, and the dark backward violin shape right behind the head. Although extremely rare, a bite from either of these pests may result in fatality. If you get bit, seek medical help immediately.

How To Prevent Spiders

Spiders invade homes to hunt for insects and to find shelter. To reduce attractants that draw in spiders and to seal pests in general out of your home, use these following 10 quick yet effective tips:

  1. Keep exterior lights turned off at night or invest in insect-resistant light bulbs.
  2. Make sure your home’s window and door screens are in good working condition.
  3. Check weather stripping and door sweeps around your home and make sure they are free of damage.
  4. Use a caulking gun to fill in holes, openings, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation and around window and door frames.
  5. Eliminate debris from around your yard.
  6. Reduce the clutter in and around your home.
  7. Clean your home at least once a week and try to limit the number of rooms where you eat and drink.
  8. Pick up after your pets and clean out their bowls once they have finished eating.
  9. Make sure all of your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
  10. Be careful not to leave uncovered leftover foods or drinks out.

How Professional Spider Control Works

Don’t have the time or energy to deal with spiders in your home? Let the professionals at M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc. help. We will use industry-leading solutions to remove and exclude spiders from your Delaware County home. Let our team get your home what it needs to combat annoying and dangerous spiders. Trust our highly trained pest technicians to get the job done right, every time. Learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services. Give us a call today to find an answer to your pest problem that won’t disappoint.