Alexander City's Step-By-Step Guide To Effective Spider Control
September 15, 2020 - Spiders
Here, in Alexander City, there are countless pests we need to worry about year-round both inside and out. In our fight to control spider populations in Alexander City, the spider actually serves as an ally. That is because spiders feed on many of the insects we consider to be nuisance pests. However, when spiders choose to come inside our homes, they become pests, too, which means we must deal with them accordingly. That is why you need to know some techniques to prevent spiders from coming into your home.
Identifying Spiders Common To The Area
All spiders have eight legs, segmented bodies consisting of an abdomen and a head, and fangs capable of expelling venom (though not all spider venom is dangerous to humans). That said, there are over 40,000 species of spiders in the world, which means they vary in size and color quite a bit. Here in Alabama, there are only about 400 species of spider, but still, that is too many to be reasonably expected to be able to identify them all.
Still, there are a couple of species that are important to be able to identify because it could save your life. That’s because of the two spider species in the United States that are capable of causing real harm to humans, both live in Alexander City. They are the black widow and the brown recluse.
- Black widow spiders have predominantly black bodies, and they grow to be about 1 1/2 inches long. Female black widows feature an easily identifiable red hourglass-like figure on their abdomens.
- Brown recluse spiders have light brown bodies that grow to be about 3/5th of an inch long. They can be identified by the violin-like shape that appears on the backs of their bodies.
If you suspect either a black widow or a brown recluse bite, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Some other spiders that are common to the area include jumping spiders, tarantulas, and wolf spiders. Even though a bite from these spiders may not be cause for concern, that doesn’t mean you want them around your home.
Spider Prevention Techniques
More often than not, spiders will enter a home because they are searching for other pests to eat. Therefore, if you want effective spider prevention, you must also utilize basic pest prevention techniques. These include:
- Store all food properly in airtight containers or the refrigerator.
- Keep countertops and floors free of spills and food.
- Do not stack dirty dishes in the sink for long periods of time.
- Store trash in containers with tight-sealing lids.
- Take out the trash regularly.
- Keep all areas of your home free of clutter and debris.
- Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures in your home.
- Use dehumidifiers to lower humidity in your home.
- Wipe away spiderwebs as you come across them.
- Install screens in windows and exterior doors.
- Fix and rips or tears in existing screens.
- Install weatherstripping around windows and doors.
- Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
- Fill in or seal any cracks or holes in the foundation of your home.
For More Advice & Assistance
If you require assistance in dealing with a spider infestation, or if you simply have questions about spider prevention, contact the trained pest technicians here at Top Gun Pest Control right away.
Here at Top Gun Pest Control, we have the required experience to effectively eliminate any spider infestation with which you might be dealing. Additionally, we will work with you to better secure your home from future infestations. Don’t let your home become overrun with spiders. Give us a call now to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control offerings.