Globally there are more than 35,000 species of spider, and it’s very easy for these eight-legged creatures to make their way into your home. They can enter through any small gap or crack, and often come in seeking prey.
The prey that spiders seek is insects, and this can help control the insect population in and around your home. The problem is that spiders often decide to stay, some preferring the warm, moist corners of your home, others having a preference for areas which are dry. You can opt to try and get rid of the troublesome arachnids yourself, or you can contact professional pest control.
What actions can you take yourself?
There are some suggested methods that you can employ to prevent spiders setting up home in your property. I actually wrote a post dedicated to spider control so be sure to check that out! Here are a few highlights:
• Getting rid of their food source and nesting areas
Sealing up cracks and holes in the exterior of your home can not only help stop spiders themselves from entering, it can help keep out the bugs that they feed on. You can also use a natural bug repellent around your home. In order to reduce the number of places spiders can choose to nest you should always keep areas behind cupboards and appliances clean, and watch for any spider’s webs developing.
• Using peppermint and spearmint oil
Spiders do not like the smell of peppermint and spearmint oil, so they will usually avoid areas where it is present. You can make your own spray with these oils and water, and spray areas of your home where spiders are likely to lurk.
• Using garlic
Much like vampires, spiders are not keen on garlic. You can add a few gloves to a water spray, and spray around your home to deter any spider visitors.
Why and when is professional pest control the best?
Although you can take action to try and prevent a spider population explosion in your home, it’s usually best to seek expert help. Large house spiders have broods of around 50 spiderlings, so you can see how easy it is for the population to grow. It’s important to deal with the problem before it gets out of control. Of course there are many different species of spider and the problem is worse if your arachnid housemates are poisonous.
Another very good reason to seek professional help is arachnophobia; many people are just too afraid to be anywhere near a spider. If you just try and stay away and ignore the situation, pretty soon you could be playing host to many more spiders.
The most important reason why professional pest control is a good idea is that it has lasting results. While many home remedies can have success in the short term, the methods used for pest control experts will keep your home spider free, so that you don’t experience the same problems over and over again.
You all know I am not a fan of non-natural pest control strategies but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do! I actually did try professional pest control myself after I got bit by a poisonous spider in my bed!