Author: Kurt Treftz, Cascade Pest Control
As we get closer to summer and warmer weather, you also tend to see critters and pests become more active around your home or business. Particularly in the Puget Sound area, that means spiders. While these insects offer numerous benefits to the exterior ecosystem of your space, spiders can be intimidating and unpleasant when invading the interior of your building.
Depending on the species, spiders can pose a mild threat to you and those sharing your space. If they are venomous, or they start laying eggs around your home, the issue can get out of control fast. Luckily, there are ways you can prevent a spider infestation from starting in the first place!
Tips & Tricks to Get Rid of Spiders
Spiders are a common pest in the Puget Sound area, and even though summer isn’t spider season, they can still pop up in warmer weather. There are some simple ways you can make your space less appealing to spiders, here are some tips for getting rid of spiders:
- Caulk & seal cracks and window sills. Most spiders can slip in through very thin cracks or holes that might exist around windows and doors. Sealing those up properly decreases the chances they have to enter your space in the first place, which is a helpful preventative measure against a large-scale infestation.
- Vacuum regularly. If you are dealing with a large amount of spiders or their webs, a vacuum will be your best friend. This tool is great for neatly and safely removing spiders to kill them on impact, and doing so routinely will catch eggs and webs which prevents them from multiplying.
- Remove food supply. Spiders enjoy eating other household bugs like flies and gnats, so if you are on top of your pest control plan for these critters, it will also improve your spider problem. They can’t survive without something to feed on, and keeping a clean space as well as washing produce or anything that sits on the counter that might attract bugs will be helpful.
- Declutter inside and out. Spiders can thrive in dark, cluttered spaces so it’s important to keep your space clean and clear. Even outside, removing excess rocks, compost, or branches is helpful in protecting your space. Clean screens, shutters, and watch out for crawl spaces to further improve the security of your space.
- Spider repellant. While something chemical treatment might be harsh and best handled by a pest control professional, there are some DIY spider repellents that could be helpful. Some essential oils, such as peppermint or tea tree oils, have been shown to repel spiders. You can add a few drops to a cleaning solution or put it on a cotton swab and wipe it around entry points to prevent them from entering. Be sure to reapply frequently!
Cascade Pest Control has certified technicians with a great deal of experience of getting rid of spiders in the greater Puget Sound region. We work to provide reliable, comprehensive pest control services to ensure your home or business remains pest free. We are committed to using eco-friendly treatment methods to protect your health and the Earth while we’re at it.
Call 888-989-8979 to get started with Cascade Pest Control today!