There are many species of spiders in the Raleigh area. Common spiders include cellar spiders, daddy longlegs, hobo spiders, jumping spiders, violin spiders, and wolf spiders, all of which are non-venomous.
Venomous spiders common in North Carolina include the brown recluse, black widow, false black widow, and yellow sac spider.
The one thing all spiders have in common is that they are unwelcome in your home. Though spiders are beneficial in many ways, it is unpleasant when they come into your home in large numbers. While most species are harmless, others carry a venom that can potentially be fatal or require medical attention.
Dangerous bites or not, you want spiders out of your Raleigh house. From spider prevention to extermination, there are ways to be sure spiders are gone for good.
Spiders' Pest Prey
Spiders prefer to live outside. They prey on insects as a food source, so you will commonly find them in outlying spaces, such as barns, sheds, and garages.
However, spiders begin to come indoors when the weather cools down. They are typically following the food source. Spiders will seek to survive winter in your home, seeking warmth, shelter, and a reliable food source. That said, if you have a spider problem, you're likely dealing with other pests as well, as spiders feed on insects that could also be problematic in your Raleigh home.
Prevent Spiders From Entering Your Home
Raleigh homeowners can take some steps to prevent spiders from entering the home in the first place. Here are some preventative measures to help you keep spiders and their pest prey away:
- Store Food Properly: Insects enjoy accessing human food, and since spiders prey on insects, they too will follow. Store food in tightly sealed containers to prevent access.
- Store Trash Properly: Insects do not see much difference in human food and food trash. Keep all debris, trash, yard waste, and food waste clear from the property, inside and out. These spaces attract insects and spiders.
- Clear Clutter From Your Property: Cluttered spaces create a haven for many kinds of pests, including spiders. Remove excess debris to prevent attracting these pests into your home. Even stacks of old magazines, dirty clothing, or newspapers can create a hiding spot for spiders. Keep spaces organized and neat.
- Sweep Away Webs: Spiders will make webs to attract insects for food. If you notice webs in the corners of your home, clear the web with a broom. Frequently removing the webs will discourage spiders from living on the property. You can also use the attachment hose on a vacuum cleaner to reach tough spaces.
- Seal Access Spaces: Keep garages and other entry points closed when not in use. Check all screens and windows for damage or holes. Seal cracks to prevent spiders and other pests from entering the home.
- Install Preventative Products: Building supplies such as door sweeps and screen doors can make for simple but effective ways to prevent pest entry.
- Keep Woodpiles Away From The House: Spiders often live in woodpiles. If you burn wood, be sure to store it away from the house. Insects often infest wood, and as its food source, spiders will too.
Seek Professional Help
Eliminating spiders from your Raleigh home can be a difficult task. Home sprays and traps will be a slow and inefficient method for spider control. Pest & Termite Consultants offers professional extermination services, ensuring the safe removal of spiders and their pest prey.
Call Pest & Termite Consultants to survey your home and evaluate the very best ways to keep your home pest-free. The professionals with Pest & Termite Consultants have the tools and know-how to give your home a proper inspection and find the sources that may be causing your problem.
With one trip to your Raleigh home, the experts with Pest & Termite Consultants can help with all of your pest control needs. By implementing a year-round program, these trusted professionals can help you keep a pest-free home, no matter the season. Reach out to us today to learn more about our recurring pest control options.