Did spiders invade your living area or your entire house? If so, have you just had them removed? And, now the question that must be asked and answered is: How do you prevent another infestation from reoccurring?
According to the insectidentification.org website, “it is said that some three-quarters of the human population is intimidated by spiders in one way or another.” Thus, it makes sense to ensure that spiders do not move back into your home once they have been chased out.
Common spiders in the USA
Before we consider several top-rated spider control tips, let’s look at some of the common spiders and their natural behaviors.
Spiders belong to the Arachnid family, and all spiders have eight legs and have two body parts consisting of the cephalothorax and the abdomen. The cephalothorax or front part consists of a multiple-eye arrangement, mouthparts, and the legs, while the abdomen houses the silk-producing components. As an aside, spiders can be identified by the type of web they create. However, it’s vital to be aware of the fact that all spider webs are spun to catch prey.
There are about 3,400 species of spiders living in North America alone. And some of the more common spiders include:
The American House Spider
This spider has a typical spider shape with spindly legs. Its web is also known as the typical Halloween web or cobweb. It flings strands of the silken web at its insect victims entrapping them in its web. It spins its web in the corners of your home, remaining absolutely still for ages; thereby, avoiding notice both from humans and insects.
It’s a small, non-aggressive spider and prefers to be left alone. Although, it can inflict a painful bite if handled roughly.
The Black Widow Spider
Female Black Widow Spiders are well-known for their extreme toxicity. Adult females have a tell-tale red hourglass shape on their backs. Male Black Widow Spiders are not poisonous, and they are half the size of the females.
Because an adult female Black Widow Spider bite is very poisonous to humans. It is vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Female spiders do not go out of their way to bite humans. However, because they spin their webs where they are likely to be disturbed by humans, it just increases the chance of being bitten by the female.
Tips to prevent a spider infestation reoccurrence
Finally, even if the spiders trying to get into your home are not poisonous, it is vital to ensure that they are not able to get into your home. Thus, here are a few top tips to help you keep spiders out of your yard and house:
Tidy up your yard
Make sure all garden refuse like grass clippings, fallen leaves and tree branches are not left lying around your yard. Pick them up and either send them out for recycling or place them on a compost heap. You can use some of the leaves and grass clippings as a mulch in your flower beds and vegetable garden.
Keep up to date with your home maintenance chores
Home exteriors and interiors always need maintenance. For example, broken insect screens on doors and windows need replacing. Holes in between the roof and the walls need to be blocked up. And, chips in the brickwork or wooden slats of the exterior walls need patching. Finally, make sure that all cracks in the interior walls and between the ceilings are filled. Otherwise, these gaps form perfect spider-friendly nesting places.