Spiders are considered beneficial insects in gardens, but when they get inside your home spiders are often pesky and somewhat alarming. Seattle spiders can be especially crafty, looking for any way to find a dark place in your home away from rain and cold. Going straight to over-the-counter pesticides to stop the infestation may potentially be unsafe if you have pets or children in the house. Before going out and buying a spray (typically a smelly aerosol), take a look at some do-it-yourself options that can also help to prevent or rectify the problem.
Spiders often wander into a house if they already find themselves close in proximity to one. Keeping a yard manicured and keeping the entire property free of debris will help keep them away. They usually prefer undisturbed items they can live in. In Washington, spiders outdoors are often found nesting in overgrown plants, piles of fallen leaves and stacked wood. Keeping the inside of your home clean and tidy will discourage small insects from coming inside, which are a spider’s main food source. Check the walls, doors, and windows for any small openings and seal them as a precaution.
If spiders have already entered your home and are causing problems, one particular at-home solution you can try are spider glue traps. These devices simply trap spiders without the use of pesticides. To increase effectiveness, place these traps where spiders like to be: dark areas such as behind televisions, appliances, furniture, etc. The best thing to do, however, is to call a professional, particularly when there are pets and children in the home. A pest management professional such as Whitworth Pest Solutions can effectively locate sources of the infestation and help create a plan tailored to your specific situation.