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A Handy Guide To Keeping Spiders Out Of Your Idaho Falls Home

March 15, 2022

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There are two dozen types of spiders in Idaho State and twelve different spiders that as an Idaho Falls homeowner needs to put you on guard.

Although most of the spiders that live in Eastern Idaho are otherwise harmless, one spider poses the most significant concern to people and pets, and that is the black widow spider.

When homeowners try to get rid of spiders on their own, they risk being bitten and cause the spiders to relocate to other locations in the home. The safest and most effective way to remove spiders for good is with pest control in Idaho Falls

How To Identify A Spider

Each type of spider has distinct features, but they all share a few common characteristics. Every spider has:

  • Eight legs, or four sets of legs

  • No antennae, unlike ants and centipedes  

  • Two body parts, the head, and thorax, are attached, and the abdomen is not segmented

You can also identify spiders from their lifestyle behaviors. Most but not all spiders spin webs to catch their prey. Spiders also tend to stay still for long periods, conserving their energy for when prey is near.

Why You Don’t Want Spiders Hanging Around Your House

It may seem like spiders are doing us a favor by capturing ants, flies, cockroaches, mosquitoes, and other pests commonly found in homes. However, when spiders show up, it’s often a sign of a more significant pest problem. 

While spiders prefer to stay out of our way, they are also apt to bite if they feel threatened. Suppose you are bitten by a black widow spider; you will need immediate medical attention as the neurotoxins in their venom can cause severe symptoms and, in rare cases, seizures and death.

Six Simple Yet Effective Spider Prevention Tips 

Preventing common spiders can be achieved through following a few practical but effective tips. Here are six ways to keep spiders away:

  1. Contact your local pest controller. Professional pest control is the only way to regulate pests in your Idaho Falls home and property. Pest control uses necessary protocols to remove these pests and prevent their return.

  2. Repair damage to the foundation and exterior-facing walls and window and door frames. 

  3. Get rid of clutter. Clutter is one of the biggest appeals that draw pests because it affords them quiet, dark, and undisturbed places to hide.

  4. Turn off the lights at night. Spiders enter homes searching for food, and many of the insects they eat, such as flies, moths, and mosquitoes, are attracted to light. Turn off the lights at night and swap for yellow bulbs outdoors.

  5. Don’t leave out food. Leftover food draws smaller pests and, in turn, spiders.

  6. Use peppermint spray. There are many scents that spiders don’t like, and peppermint oil is one of them. Mix a few drops of essential oil with eight ounces of water, add to a spray bottle, and spray throughout your home.

In addition to these prevention methods, you can also place walnuts throughout your home—that’s right, walnuts. For whatever reason, spiders detest walnuts, and thus they serve as a natural deterrent. 

How Professional Pest Control Keeps The Spiders Out

Professional pest control provides the solutions needed to stop a spider infestation in its tracks and keep these pests from coming back.

Our skilled technicians at Epoch Pest Solutions provide much-needed solutions to Idaho Falls residents by applying intensive knowledge, top customer service, and the equipment needed to get the job done. We will conduct a thorough assessment of your home to identify areas of concern and establish a customized plan of action according to your home’s unique needs.

For help with spiders and other pests, call Epoch Pest Solutions today.

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