How To Get Rid Of Spiders In Your Oklahoma City House
May 30, 2022
Spiders in Oklahoma City are mostly only creepy and annoying pests. There are only two kinds of spiders in our area that present a medical threat: Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders. Black widow spiders prefer to stay outdoors and rarely infest homes. Brown recluse spiders can infest homes in large numbers but rarely bite people. While it is certainly important to contact Oklahoma City pest control when you see either of these two venomous spiders on your property, you don't need to live in fear of them. In most cases, these and other spiders aren't a threat if you take steps to manage spider populations and seal potential entry points that they use to get inside. Let's look at a few facts and tips that will help you with spider management around your Oklahoma City home and help you get rid of spiders inside your home.
The Life Cycle Of Common Spiders
If you want to keep spiders out of your home, you need to understand a little bit about the life cycle of common spiders. The more spiders you have on the outside of your home, the more likely you are to see spiders crawling around inside your home. Makes sense, right?
After mating, many spiders will create egg sacs in their webs. These egg sacs can have as many as 400 eggs in them. That's a lot of spiders! When you remove spider webs, or have a professional address spider webs on your property, it directly impacts the population of spiders near your home.
Outdoor spiders can easily become indoor spiders, particularly when they first hatch. Spider nymphs are much smaller than adult spiders. So, not only is web and egg sac removal important for culling spider populations, it also works to stop tiny spiders from getting into your home.
There is some good news. Spider nymphs will have a hard time surviving in your home if they're not able to find food. This fact brings us to our next point.
What It Means If You're Seeing Spiders In Your House
If you see spiders in your house, those spiders are telling you something. The first and perhaps most important thing spiders may be telling you is that you have other pest problems. Spiders go where food is found. If your home doesn't have ample food, spiders won't want to live in your home. Here are a few other things spiders may be telling you.
You have entry points that should be sealed. Spiders don't have any means to get into a home that does not have gaps, cracks, and other entry points. If spiders can get into your home, so can a long list of other pests—some of which are much more dangerous than spiders.
You may have a moisture problem. Spiders are attracted to damp habitats and zones that are high in humidity. If you have a moisture problem, it can lead to other moisture pest issues, mold, wood rot, and more.
You probably have an area that should be dusted or cleaned. Spiders like to establish themselves in garages, storage sheds, crawl spaces, and other locations where dust and dirt are found. If you clean these areas, you make them resistant to spiders. A spider wants to create its web in a location that is undisturbed.
You can get control of spiders by using this information against them. Let's look at how natural spider control works.
Six Environmentally-Friendly Spider-Prevention Tips
In most cases, spiders present a low-level threat. We feel comfortable recommending natural prevention as long as you're not seeing black widow spiders or brown recluse spiders.
Wipe down areas to send a signal to spiders that these areas are not undisturbed.
Remove spider webs and destroy any egg sacs you find.
Clean trash receptacles to remove odors that attract flies. Spiders eat flies.
Replace exterior white lights with yellow lights. Insects are not attracted to yellow light. Doing this reduces insects as a food source for spiders.
Quickly address indoor pest infestation to remove food options for spiders.
Seal any potential entry points in your exterior.
If you take these steps, you may be able to reduce spider sightings to below your threshold of comfort. For more control, contact Epoch Pest Solutions for spider and pest control in Oklahoma City.
Professional Pest Control Makes Great Spider Control
Since all spiders go where the food is, year-round pest control for your home can have a big impact on spider populations. If you'd like to get started with pest control, we'd be happy to help. Reach out to us today.