There are many reasons why you might be seeing more spiders in your Queen Creek home. Some of the reasons don't even have to do with more spiders getting inside from the outside. Do you know that you can see more spiders during the mating season? It's true. More spider sightings might just mean that the particular spider species you're seeing is currently in its mating season. Do you know that you can have more spider sightings, and the appearance of more webs, when you have a secondary pest issue, such as fruit flies or fungus gnats? Yup. If you haven't invested in a residential pest control program, it is likely that you have spiders in your wall voids. When those spiders detect a food source in your common areas, they come out to get a bite to eat. Today, we're going to focus our attention on why and how spiders get into homes in the first place. Here's what every Queen Creek resident should know.
If you have lots of insects around your home, you're likely to have lots of spiders. The more spiders you have near your foundation walls, the more spider issues you'll have on the inside of your home. Here are a few quick tips to help you reduce insect populations.
- Store bagged garbage in covered receptacles. This prevents flies from getting into your trash and breeding.
- Keep your trash receptacles free of strong odors. Many insects are attracted to the scent of decaying organic matter.
- Keep exterior lights off in areas where it is not a security concern. White light attracts insects. You may also consider replacing white lights with yellow lights, which are less attractive.
- Give you landscaping plants what they need to thrive. When your plants aren't healthy, they attract plant-damaging pests, such as aphids and whiteflies. When these insects come into your yard, they produce honeydew on your plants. This, in turn, attracts other insects that eat this sweet food source, and spiders come to eat the insects.
- Remove flowering weeds from your landscaping. These provide nectar for insects to feed on.
Spiders need moisture to survive. Not only do they drink droplets of moisture, but they're also drawn to moist habitats because it is where they can find food. The insects and invertebrates that spiders feed on, such as centipedes, silverfish, crickets, ants, etc., are all drawn to moisture.
- Have your gutters cleaned.
- Consider having gutter protectors installed. This will help to maintain a clean gutter system.
- Fix damage to gutters, downspouts, and splash blocks.
- Remove grass from your landscaping.
- Trim bushes and shrubs.
- Water your landscaping plants early in the morning.
- Blow leaves out from underneath your deck.
When spiders come into your yard, they will be drawn to objects that provide a void to hide in, such as a cinder block, old tire, old lawnmower, wooden crates, etc.
- Inspect your yard and remove lawn clutter.
- Move objects away from your exterior walls.
- If you have lumber or firewood, move them away for your exterior and elevate the wood.
- Remove brush piles.
Once you've reduced spiders around your home, it's time to consider potential points of entry. There are a few ways spiders commonly get into Queen Creek homes.
- Damaged foundation slabs
- Gaps around water mains, wire conduits, and other exterior penetrations
- Gaps around window and door frames
- Wood holes created by wood-damaging pests
- Cracking, rotting or damaged doors to crawl spaces
- Damaged window and door screens
- Gaps around screen frames
- Unprotected vents or weep holes
- Gaps around roof penetrations
How Professional Pest Control Fits Into The Picture
In many cases, Queen Creek residents can apply these tips to bring pest activity below their thresholds of comfort. What is your threshold? Are you okay seeing a spider in your home every once in a while or would you rather never see a spider in your home? If you're in the "I'd like no spiders, thank you," category, then you could benefit from investing in a year-round pest control program. A quality residential pest control program comes with routine inspections, general pest maintenance, appropriate treatments of EPA-approved materials, and targeted control where necessary.
If you're in Queen Creek, you're in our service area. Contact Quell Pest Control and let one of our experienced pest professionals guide you in selecting a custom pest control plan for your specific needs and budget. We use industry-leading products and field-tested strategies to give our customers the highest level of pest protection and service. No Arizona homeowner should ever go without a pest control plan. There are far too many ways pests can damage property and cause illness. Get your protection in place today.
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