Spiders are everywhere. And when they reside in your home, many species of spiders act as natural pest control as they feed on small insects such as mosquitoes, flies, and roaches. However, many people can’t fathom the thought of having a spider in their home? Why?
When most people think of spiders, they think of spider bites. They also think of the gruesome pictures and stories shared by others who have been bitten.
One of those feared spiders is the brown recluse spider. The brown recluse is a native spider found in Arkansas. It is about the size of a quarter and is usually identified by the fiddle/violin shape on its back. Because of the fiddle shape, it is also referred to as the fiddle-back spider.
The bite of a brown recluse spider can cause serious damage to the human body as cells become damaged and die off. It is important to note that every person is different and many experience different reactions to the brown recluse bite. However, in extreme cases, the bite can lead to open wounds, kidney failure, and eventually death if the person does not seek medical attention. For this reason, many people are focused on keeping spiders like the brown recluse out of their home.
Here are 4 tips to help you keep brown recluse spiders from making themselves at home in your home.
INSPECT THE INSIDE OF YOUR HOME FOR SIGNS OF SPIDERS
In order to get rid of spiders, you have to first know where they are hiding out in your home. As their name suggests, brown recluse spiders like to hide in dark secluded places. Look for webbing in and around boxes, piles of clothing, or cluttered knick-knacks.
Brown recluse spiders may also be located in places that you can’t necessarily see such as under insulation or inside of walls.
SEAL CRACKS AND CREVICES ON THE INSIDE OF YOUR HOME
In order to get brown recluse spiders out of your house, it is very important that you seal up any cracks and crevices where these spiders may be entering your home. This means going around every inch of your home to look for possible entry points.
Small things such as adding weather stripping to your doors and windows can make a big difference in the number of bugs in your home. Take this task one step further by caulking and sealing any cracks or holes. For more exclusion techniques, check out our blog, “Rodent and Exclusion Techniques to Protect Your Home.”
ELIMINATE FAVORABLE LIVING CONDITIONS FOR BROWN RECLUSE SPIDERS
Don’t make it easy for brown recluse spiders to make themselves at home. When it comes to storage of boxes and other items in the basement or garage, make sure that items are not on the floor or sitting up against the wall. For your entire home, go through and make sure that each room is clutter free. Not only does this help keep the spiders away, but it also keeps other bugs and rodents from hiding out.
DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUTSIDE
If you don’t take care of the outside of your home, then all of the work you do on the inside to get rid of spiders, insects, and rodents is just a waste of time. Like many other pests, brown recluse spiders often gain entry to your home through cracks and crevice on the outside. Large bushes, shrubs, and plants too close to your home can also make it even easier to gain access. Take time to cut back the greenery near your home and foundation.
Also, look for piles of lumber, firewood, stones, etc. These items should be kept as far from the home as possible. If they must be kept indoors or close to your home, then place them off the ground and wrap them in plastic.
HOPPER TERMITE & PEST CAN SAVE YOU FROM SPIDERS
Don’t wait until you have a brown recluse spider infestation in your home. Once these spiders make themselves comfortable and start reproducing, it can be difficult to get them out.
If you have tried the tips above and have still encountered one too many spiders and need them gone, give Hopper Termite & Pest a call today at 1-888-863-0206. Our QualityPro-certified pest control technicians have the tools and experience to provide you with effective solutions to help you get rid of spiders and other bugs in your home. The sooner you call, the sooner you can be pest free.
Do you cringe at the thought of having to go down into the basement? Over the years, basements have gotten a bad rap for being extremely spooky and icky. It seems like everytime you watch a scene where someone is walking down into the basement, something bad is about to happen, and then there are the bugs.
It’s not uncommon to see the creepy crawlers squirm around when the basement light turns on and it’s not uncommon to want to run back upstairs.
Here are 4 bugs you may find in your basement the next time you venture down to grab a box.
WHY ARE BUGS IN MY BASEMENT?
There are a few reasons why some bugs are attracted to your basement. Basements usually provide:
• High moisture
• Hiding places
WHAT ARE THE BUGS IN MY BASEMENT?
There is no doubt that you can identify the spiders or roaches or ants that may be lurking in your basement. However, there are some bugs that you may not be able to identify as quickly.
Silverfish love the darkness and dampness of your basement. They are named based on their appearance. They are silver in color and tend to move like they are swimming. However, silverfish look more like shrimp than fish.
Silverfish are tiny in size and can squeeze through tiny cracks to gain access into your home. Once there, they search out starchy products to eat such as paper, carpeting, and cotton clothing. If silverfish go unnoticed they can destroy clothing you have put away or paper keepsakes that you keep in the basement.
A centipede is one insect you won’t forget seeing. They are long slender creatures with hundreds of legs. Since they are nocturnal and known to be fast-moving, they are rarely seen by humans.
“Do they bite?” “Do they sting?” “Are they poisonous?” These are three common questions people ask when they discover centipedes in their home. Although it is very rare, a centipede can bite. The good news is that their venom is not poisonous and only causes mild irritation such as a slight sting, redness, and mild itching.
Pillbugs, or rollie pollies, are small black bugs that curl up into a tiny ball when held. These bugs may not send shivers up your spine, but it’s not good to keep them in your home. Like many of the bugs mentioned, pillbugs are nocturnal creatures that enjoy hiding in dark damp places. They are mostly found in vegetable gardens and enjoy eating decaying plant matter. Once inside your home, most pillbugs will dry up and die. However, if your basement has a humidity issue or there are leaks, pillbugs can survive.
The appearance of these quick moving nocturnal insects can send you quicking running in the opposite direction. They are reddish brown in appearance, about two inches in length, and have a large pincher on their back abdomen. Earwigs do look like they could hurt you, but they are completely harmless to humans. In fact, the saying that earwigs like to crawl into your ears at night is completely false.
Like many other basement dwellers, earwigs like dark, damp, and cool places to hide out. And if you have a few dead plants in your basement, you may be feeding them without even knowing it. They also like to dine on other insects.
HOW DO I GET RID OF THE BUGS IN MY BASEMENT?
Lower the humidity - Most of the bugs mentioned above are attracted to your basement because it is the most humid place in your home. You can use tools such a dehumidifier or a heater to help dry up the basement. You will also need to check around your pipes and faucets to make sure that there are no leaks.
Seal it up - If your basement has windows or doors that go to the outside, make sure they are sealed properly. It’s also a good idea to inspect your basement foundation and walls for any cracks. If there are wires that lead from the outside to the inside of your basement, make sure that the area surrounding the hole is properly caulked in order to keep bugs out.
Clean it up - Basements are a great place to store things you don’t need on a regular basis. However, it is very important that you keep your items cleaned and organized. A cluttered basement provides ample hiding places for many insects and rodents. Take your cleaning up a notch and use the vacuum cleaner to get into all the nooks and crannies.
LET HOPPER TERMITE & PEST HANDLE THE DIRTY WORK
At Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc., we understand bugs and know that sometimes it takes going into a damp dark basement to take care of your pest problem. Give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206 to schedule your FREE PEST EVALUATION.
And remember, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. has two central offices, in Mountain Home and Springdale, to better serve the residents and businesses of north central Arkansas, northwestern Arkansas, and parts of southern Missouri. Let us show you why we are the go-to pest control and termite control specialists in the area.