We have quite a variety of spiders in Bradenton. You've probably noticed. While few homes here have cellars, we have no shortage of long-bodied cellar spiders, also referred to as daddy longlegs. Furry wolf spiders can turn up in unexpected places, such as a cooler placed in an outdoor closet or shed. Banana spiders can be found in gardens and landscaping. Black widow spiders lurk in brush piles and underneath decks. Brown recluse spiders can be found in holes, or in the voids of Bradenton homes. While only the black widow and the brown recluse have a venom that is medically important, no spider is welcome inside your home. Today, we're going to share a few trade secrets with you that will help you keep spiders out.
What's In A Web?
It is annoying when spiders create webs, but we sometimes let webs sit. It is a lot of work to go around and clean up webs left by spiders. It can also be a gross and unsettling task. It is a weird feeling to have a web stuck to your skin, and an even weirder feeling to discover a spider crawling on you. Another common reason webs are left to sit is that many people think those webs are good to have around. Spiders capture wasps and eat them. Spiders reduce mosquito populations. But there is something you may not know about these webs and, once you know it, you may not be so inclined to leave them in your garage, around your window frames, and in other exterior locations. What's in a web? There may be an egg sac there!
Most spider species create a web, and many of them spin egg sacs in their webs. These sacs can have hundreds of eggs inside them. Each one of those eggs is a spiderling waiting to hatch. Each one of those spiders is a new spider living near your home. If you leave just one web for too long, you could have three hundred new spiders crawling around on or inside your home. If you're thinking, "Um...NOPE!" Then, we recommend removing spider webs when you see them. It is also a good idea to destroy anything that is in the web.
Removing webs and properly disposing of them can be a chore. Remember that we offer spider web removal as a part of our residential pest control services. In fact, web removal is built into our Basic program. If you have never invested in pest control for your home, this is a great place to start.
What Spiders Eat
Another secret to spider control is understanding what spiders eat. The reason you have spiders in your yard and near your home is that there is food available. Spiders don't eat the food you eat. They primarily eat insects. If you reduce insects, you'll also reduce spiders. Here are some tips.
Reduce light. Many insects are attracted to light. If you keep exterior lights off at night, and draw your shades to keep light inside your home, your home will have fewer insects around it.
Contain trash. An open trash bin is an open invitation for insects. Make sure your trash is in covered containers. The scent of trash is also an invitation. If your trash bin smells bad, it is important that you disinfect it.
Moisture. Many insects are attracted to moist conditions. Some spiders are as well This is a double threat. When you reduce moisture around your home, you have an impact on a wide range of potential household pests. Make sure your gutters are clean and that there are no breaks in your gutter system. Make sure you don't have any leaking spigots or hoses. Trim bushes and shrubs to allow the air to flow through your landscaping and keep the topsoil dry.
The two tips given above might seem small, but they can have a drastic impact on spider populations. This might be enough for you. If you want even greater control, contact Keller's Pest Control today and talk to us about our residential pest control plans. We offer service plans that cover over twenty common pests in South Florida. Find out how much nicer life is with quality pest control. Reach out to us today.