Fall Spider Prevention Tips To Keep Your Jerome Home Pest Free
October 31, 2021
As winter looks inevitable, temperatures dip, and insects make their way indoors to survive the weather. Before pests come inside to hibernate, there’s a window of time during which you can prepare your home to keep bugs out, and the more bugs you keep out, the fewer spiders you’ll have running around, too.
Spiders don’t behave like other pests. While overwintering pests need to come indoors, spiders can survive outside by building up an “antifreeze” compound called glycerol, the same compound that keeps some amphibians from freezing. Glycerol lowers the threshold temperature that is survivable in the winter. The point is, spiders can survive outside, so why are they in your house?
Spiders Follow Their Prey Indoors During Fall And Winter
When the weather starts to turn, spiders that produce glycerol have already laid and hatched their eggs. Spider eggs can’t survive the winter, so after they have hatched, the young stay in their egg sacks to keep warm and build up glycerol for the coming freeze.
Naturally, these spiders survive just fine in shelters like piles of leaves or wood, but if the eating is good, they’ll opt for a more effortless, warmer buffet. If you’re suddenly seeing spiders in your home, it’s probably that you’re just now noticing them, and they’ve been there all along. Noticing more spiders means they’ve eaten well, bred, and grown their population. You might see where we’re going with this. Spiders will choose your home for the bugs, so that’s where prevention starts.
How To Prevent A Spider Infestation
Preventing a spider infestation starts with basic pest prevention techniques. If you’d like to avoid the scare of a skittering arachnid, start with this list in the fall before they’ve moved in.
- Inspect the exterior of your home for cracks and crevices. Seal any of these with silicone-based caulk and repair screens and windows to keep any pests from wiggling in.
- Keep outdoor lights off at night. Spiders know they can make a good living posting up by night lights where bugs abound.
- Vacuum, sweep, dust, and keep your house clean. Don’t let clutter accumulate, especially in the garage, and spiders' best hiding spots will be reduced.
- Get a cat. Seriously. Not only can cats take care of spider invaders, but they’ll also keep the bug population down in the first place.
- Keep indoor trash sealed and outdoor trash away from the home.
- Fix any leaking or standing water.
- Don’t leave hiding spots like wood piles, old tires, and planters near the home.
- Keep vegetation away from the home, and keep them trimmed and taken care of if you have shrubbery and plants.
Unfortunately, by the time you’re worried about spiders, you may already have a problem. Prevention techniques won’t get rid of an existing infestation, so the best next step is to call the professionals.
Call Owyhee Environmental For A Pest-Free Jerome Home
Getting rid of infestations on your own may be hard, if not impossible. During the fall and winter, most bugs are in pretty good hiding places to wait out the cold. Not only would it be difficult to eliminate the bugs that are drawing spiders in, but spiders are also great at avoiding humans and don’t easily come into contact with do-it-yourself insecticide. Leave it to the professionals. Owyhee Environmental specializes in thorough inspections that will weed out any of those hard-to-find pests. For a free inspection and quote, call Owyhee Environmental and take back control of your home.