The fear of spiders is ranked as one of the top phobias in America. As summer comes to an end, cooler temperatures will have spiders coming into your home. Fall is when male spiders venture into homes looking for a mate. If spiders scare you, this is bad news.
Identifying Spider VS Mosquito Bite
The good news is that spiders don’t bite people very often. If you wake up and discover a small red welt that itches for a while and then goes away, you may think that a mosquito bit you. If the welt is larger and lasts a long time, it was more likely a spider. This is what many people assume, but it’s not true. Chances are that in both situations you were bit by a mosquito. The difference with the size of the welt just depends on how successful the mosquito was that bit you. A small welt means you may have squished it before it had a chance to finish with you. A larger welt is from a mosquito that just had more time to get a nice, full and complete meal. Most people will blame a spider because they are just more creeped out by them. The bottom line is that a spider did not crawl into your bed to bite you. Spiders just don’t do that.
Why Doesn’t Insecticide Kill Spiders
Insecticides are not effective when it comes to killing spiders for two reasons. First, they are not insects and second, spiders do not drag their bodies across the floor like insects do. Spiders keep their bodies up off the ground, so the insecticides don’t affect them. Insecticides can also be dangerous if they aren’t used properly.
How to Keep Spiders Out of Your House & Garage
Steps to keep spiders out of your home include:
1. Keeping a neat and tidy house. If you can keep clutter to a minimum, you’ll give spiders less places to hide. Keep insects that spiders eat by sealing food and keep floors and counters clean.
2. Sealing cracks in your home. Keep spiders out of you home in the first place by sealing any cracks, holes or gaps. Fix torn screens and cover vent openings with fine mesh.
3. Keeping outdoor lights off. Again, spiders eat insects. Insects are attracted to outdoor lighting so keep them off, so spiders won’t find meals at your house.
4. Scattering dichotomous earth around your home. Use a fine layer around openings to you home. The powder, made from fossils, cuts a spider up as it walks across it, and will eventually kill it.
5. Using natural oils. Spiders absolutely hate the smell of peppermint, tea-tree, citrus, and eucalyptus oil. Mix 15 to 20 drops of essential oil with water in a standard spray bottle and spray down any cracks and corners of your home.
Spider Control & More in San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside & San Diego Counties, California
Spiders aren’t all that bad as they do provide you with a natural form of pest control. But that doesn’t mean you want them living with you. Does it feel like spiders are taking over your home? You may want to contact a professional pest control service. Give Animal Pest Management Services, Inc. a call today!