Modesto's Guide To Effective Spider Control

July 16, 2020

Spiders might be thought of as one of the deadliest pests of all time because so many people are scared of them. Even if you’re not particularly afraid of spiders, there’s no denying that they can be rather creepy to look at and have to deal with.

a male and female black woder spider on a web

Many people worry about spiders because they assume that they are aggressive or dangerous. While some spider species can harm humans, most species in the United States aren’t very dangerous. There are only two species in Modesto that are considered medically significant: the brown recluse and the black widow. Overall, the vast majority of spiders you encounter in the area aren’t going to hurt you.
 
While most spiders aren’t dangerous, this doesn’t mean you want to have them in your home. Knowing how to identify the different species common to Central Valley is the first step in preventing spiders.

Here is a description of common area spiders:

  • Black Widow: The black widow spider is a dangerous species. They are luckily easy to identify because of their jet black color and the bright red hourglass-shaped marking on their underbellies.

  • Common House Spider: This species is one of the most often found in homes. They are yellow-brown in color with a dark chevron pattern.

  • Wolf Spiders: This species is best identified by their brown or grey color and the fact that they have markings and bands that are darker than their body color. While not dangerous, they are surprisingly fast.

  • Tarantulas: While their large size can make these spiders scary, they are not a real threat to humans. They are best identified by their large size and hairy legs.

How To Prevent Spiders

While many other species of pests come indoors looking for shelter, most spiders acturally come inside because they are hunting for prey. Because of this, one of the best ways to prevent spiders is to address any other small insect infestations that could be attracting spiders into your home.

Here are some simple ways to prevent spiders as well as other underlying pest issues:

  • Store pet food in airtight containers.

  • Make sure to store food securely and clean up spills and crumbs right away.

  • Regularly declutter around and inside of your home.

  • Sweep and vacuum often.

  • Address excess moisture issues in your home as many insects are attracted to humid areas.

  • Remove any spider webs both inside and outside.

Keeping Spiders From Coming Inside

Part two in keeping spiders and their prey out of your home is to address areas of your home where these pests can get inside. By fixing areas where spiders and other pests can slip inside in the first place, you can help keep them outside before they become a problem.

Here are some of the best ways to keep spiders and their pest prey out:

  • Make sure that screens in doors and windows are well-fitted and don’t have holes.

  • Install door sweeps and weather stripping.

  • Check for any cracks or holes in the foundation of your home.

  • Ensure that doors and windows are fitted properly without gaps.

  • Place mesh screens over air vents.

Assistance With Spider Control

If you’re dealing with spiders in your Modesto home or business, the most effective way to prevent and remove them is to contact the experts at Peace of Mind Pest Control. Our trained technicians can treat spider infestations as well as underlying pest problems that could be drawing spiders to your property. Give us a call today to find out more about our spider prevention and control services.

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