Despite the fact that most spiders in New York and Vermont are harmless, the majority of us would rather not share our homes with them. While we do offer both targeted spider removal and year-round spider control and prevention in Albany, the Adirondacks, Plattsburgh and Western Vermont, there are things you can do to help prevent spider activity on your own.
Here’s how spiders are getting into your home in the first place, and what you can do to stop them.
How Spiders Get Into Your Home
If you live in a wooded area, or have a garden near your foundation, your home will be more prone to spider activity simply because arachnids are attracted to those types of environments. They like damp, dark places, so basements and gutters are also inviting, but that’s not to say you won’t find them in dry, warm places, as well.
Spiders typically enter homes through small cracks and crevices in the foundation, poorly screened windows and doors, and gaps around windows, doors and utility entry points. They can also hitch a ride on anything that is brought indoors from the outside.
Spider Prevention & Removal
To prevent spiders from entering your house, or to stop them from making it their home in the event that they do get in, follow these tips from our spider exterminators.
- Seal Gaps – Deter entry by sealing cracks, crevices and gaps around pipework, windows and doors, and repair damaged screens.
- De-Humidify – Use a dehumidifier in the basement and keep your attic and crawl spaces well-ventilated to decrease moisture.
- Remove Shelter – Keep wood piles, garden bags, compost piles, vegetation and clutter away from the foundation of your home. Avoid using riverbed rocks in your landscaping, as the rounded rocks create a cool, damp environment that attracts the insects that spiders eat.
- Use Yellow Outdoor Lights – Switching to sodium vapor lights outside your home can also reduce the number of flies and other insects that spiders feed on.
- Vacuum Regularly – Remove webs by vacuuming high and low, particularly in sheltered spots under and behind furniture, wall and ceiling corners, and the backs of cupboards. After vacuuming, remove the bag or empty the canister and dispose of it outside as soon as possible.
- Inspect & Examine – Before bringing in packages, mail, grocery bags or other objects that have been sitting outside, look for spiders before bringing them inside.
When to Call a Spider Exterminator
Not everyone is eager to deal with spiders on their own. In fact, some people have a genuine fear, and if you’re not familiar with the different spider species, it can be difficult to determine whether the spiders you have are harmful. In other instances, the infestation is significant, and do-it-yourself spider prevention just isn’t enough.
If you’re looking for peace of mind, or find that your current methods just aren’t working, Nature’s Way can help. Our pest control technicians are qualified spider experts, knowledgeable in the habits and lifecycle of spiders. We offer free inspections and can identify those spiders that cause harm. If you need targeted spider removal or are interested in year-round spider pest control in Albany, Saratoga, Glens Falls or as far north as Plattsburgh, call (518) 745-5958. You can also contact our spider exterminators in Rutland, Burlington and throughout Western Vermont by calling (802) 855-2978.