Who likes spiders? Not many people do! Although some spiders are absolutely harmless, they can still bring out the worst reactions from most people. One way to change the mood in any home or business is to see those eight legs crawling around. YIKES!
The number of spiders that will venture into your home will increase from the fall to spring months. They can appear in the shower, under your pillow, in drawers, and most any spot you don’t want them to be in. Hopper Termite & Pest are the best when it comes to solving your arachnid problems. They can not only rid your house or business of these creatures, they can prevent them from even darkening your door.
In addition to our professional treatment, there are a few things you can do yourself to increase the odds of never seeing a spider inside. Here are some tips from the Hopper pros:
Although it’s nearly impossible to find EVERY crack, anything you can do will help. Look for holes or gaps in doors and windows. Repair torn window screens and consider covering your vents with fine mesh material. Some of the best places to look are in your kitchens, bathrooms and basements - places where it is dark and moist.
Reducing the clutter will decrease the options for spiders to hide. Clean things up after a meal, being sure to wipe down surfaces that have crumbs and spills. Vacuum vacuum vacuum. If you knowingly vacuum up spider eggs, be sure to dispose of them quickly, into a container that they can’t crawl out of. Many times the eggs are vacuumed up, only to have the eggs hatch and baby spiders wind up all over the place.
Spiders are attracted to light, mainly because of the insects that are usually associated with them. Consider limiting how many outside lights are on - and be sure to seal your house as best as possible on the inside walls and doors that are adjacent to those lights.
You would be surprised at how many places a spider can find to live and multiply right outside your home. They love to hide in shrubbery, under rocks, wood piles and compost piles. When the weather is cooler, if any of these things are close to your outside walls, it will shorten the distance they have to travel. Don’t make it easy for them. Remove those plants from the side of your home. Stack firewood away from your house. Cut back the shrubs and overhanging limbs. The Brown Recluse Spider loves to drop down into your house from trees and limbs.
It may be hard to believe, but spiders are not fans of chestnuts, walnuts, or basically any type of nut. Place a few of these in each corner of the rooms where you most frequently see spiders. Another tactic is using natural oils and vinegar. Spiders despise the smell of peppermint, tea-tree, citrus, and eucalyptus oil. Fill a standard spray bottle with water and mix in 15 to 20 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Spray down all the cracks and corners of your house. If that doesn’t work, select the more aggressive approach of spritzing the offending spider with vinegar.
If you have a spider infestation and are ready to put the squash on them, who you gonna call? The smart call would be to Hopper Termite & Pest. Although many spiders are not poisonous, many are. We have heard story after story of people being bitten by a Black Widow, Brown Recluse, or other nasty pests - which can lead to expensive medical meals and lost sleep at night! Believe it or not, even your dogs and cats can be affected by spider bites as well. Don’t give spiders a chance! Contact Hopper today for a free consultation! We can stop your spider problems - from itsy bitsy, to gargantuan!