Homeowners might begin to notice more spiders in and around their home as the New England weather gets cooler.
Just like humans, spiders seek shelter from the chilly weather. Where do they look? In you home. We make sure our homes are nice and cozy and that make it a perfect spot for these creepy crawlers to hang out for the colder months. This unfortunately, can lead to a larger infestation.
Spiders prefer to spin their webs in dark, undisturbed areas around the house. These places are usually basements, garages and attics, so you should pay attention to those areas. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends keeping these areas clean and free of clutter. Experts also suggest the following tips to avoid contact with spiders:
- Install screens and weather stripping on windows and door sweeps on doors.
- Fix any cracks in siding and walls, especially where pipes or wires enter the home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
- Wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time.
- Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors.
- Store clothing inside plastic containers and check shoes before putting them on, as spiders often hide in these items.
- If you suspect that a spider has bitten you, contact your primary care physician for medical advice.
- If you have a spider infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional.
Although we all hate spiders in our homes, spiders are a beneficial part of the ecosystem, as they provide a natural form of pest control by catching insects in their webs. This doesn’t mean we should invite them in to live with us.
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