A Practical Spider Prevention Guide For Boise Homeowners

January 10, 2023

There are many things you do not need to know about spiders like the fact that males are sometimes eaten by females or that some species can dance. These are "fun" but fairly unless facts. What you need to know about spiders is why these eight-legged pests invade homes and how to keep them out. Here, we are sharing some practical spider prevention tips you can utilize to protect your Boise home from invasion. But feel free to contact Owyhee Environmental if you need help with these pests. We offer professional options for pest control in Boise and would be happy to eliminate spiders in and around your home.

black widow on a web

Characteristics Of Common Spiders

The common spider either builds a web or hunts from the ground to catch its prey. Ground spiders are a bit more common inside local homes as they wander around a lot while hunting. Web spiders are more likely to build intricate webs around the exterior of homes. They mostly come indoors when the weather prevents them from catching prey outdoors. One way to tell ground spiders apart from web spiders is by their larger legs and sturdy bodies. Web spiders often have thin legs and large abdomens. These characteristics, however, are only generalizations as many types of spiders have extremely unique appearances. 

Some Spiders Are More Dangerous Than Others

With so many different kinds of spiders in Boise, it is hard to know which ones might cause you harm. The good news is that there are only three local species that pose any kind of medical threat to humans: the hobo spider, the yellow sac spider, and the black widow spider. Of these three dangerous spiders, black widows are by far the most dangerous. These large, black arachnids are identified by the red hourglass-shaped mark on their underside. A bite from one of these pests causes immediate pain which can be followed by other symptoms including swelling, cramping, nausea, vomiting, tremors, restlessness, and irritability. To avoid finding one of these dangerous arachnids inside your home, make sure you have some form of protection in place.

Five No-Sweat Spider Prevention Tips For Around Your Home

If you are tired of finding spiders inside your home and haven’t seen these pests indoors in a while, you have some options to keep them out. We highly recommend starting with these basic prevention methods. Here are five no-sweat ways to prevent spiders in your home. 

  • Check your home’s exterior foundation for gaps, cracks, and holes. Seal these entry points using some silicone caulk.
  • Address damage to exterior windows and doors and make sure they are installed properly. 
  • Repair or replace damaged screens around your home and keep unscreened windows and doors shut when you are not using them.
  • Turn off exterior lights when it gets dark out, or consider investing in insect-resistant light bulbs.
  • Install door sweeps under all exterior doors.

For guaranteed long-term prevention, consider investing in a spider control plan courtesy of Owyhee Environmental. 

The Best Way To Keep Spiders And Their Pest Prey Out

In order to prevent spiders effectively, you have to think about all the other pests they invade to hunt. The best method to control all of these invasive species lies with our team at Owyhee Environmental. We have many affordable and effective pest control plans to meet your needs. Let us pay you a visit to assess the condition of your home’s pest problems. We will make a plan to remove active infestations and prevent future invasions.

Call now to learn more about how we control different kinds of spiders in Boise and schedule an appointment for your home.

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