Just like any living creatures, spiders need a nice living condition plus their food sources to survive. Eliminate these elements and they will not stay in your home. Although spiders have their own place in this world, and they help in keeping away pests like flies or mosquitoes, still a lot of people are not comfortable having them around. For most people, these eight legged creatures that create webs almost everywhere are unpleasant company. Spiders are just like snakes since both of them are easily misunderstood. Though most of these creatures are harmless, this is still not a reason why they should be invited them over.
Top 5 things you can do to prevent spiders
1. Keep a Clean Home
Cleaning your home will include:
- Cleaning any places where there are lots of spider webs.
- Using a broom to sweep down all the webs or use water to remove them outside and flash them out.
- Getting rid of all the cardboard boxes since these spiders love to crawl and make homes in old boxes.
- Vacuuming your home regularly to remove spiders, webs and potential nesting places for them. The vacuum cleaner is also a good way to remove spiders in your home without killing them.
2. Find out Where They are Coming in
Spiders will mostly sneak into your house through any cracks they find. Seal in any cracks with insulated foam to avoid not just the spiders from getting in, but even the other insects that might find your home interesting. You could also use mortar or cement to patch foundations and masonry walls. Caulk can also be used around window frames or in foundations and siding
3. Clean Up Your Home Exterior.
This will include:
- Keeping the trash bins away from the house.
- Getting rid of piles of wood, old cardboard boxes, old newspapers and magazines.
- Trimming back trees, bushes and other vegetation that may touch the house walls.
- Keeping pet food bowl clean and the pet food tightly covered and sealed.
4. Make Sure Your Home Does not Attract Other Insects
Since spiders infest on other insects, make sure that your home is not a breeding ground for other insects. Clean your walls, counters and floors and find out if you have any other type of insects harbouring in your home.
5. Use Natural Home Remedies
Diatomaceous Earth. This is a natural occurring substance that is made up of fossilized remains of diatoms, which are just a type of hard-shelled algae. To use this for spiders, sprinkle some of the diatomaceous earth powder around places where spiders are able to get into your home. Use the powder around doorways, windows, sliding glass doors and holes in the exterior of the house where wires and pipes are in.
Chestnuts. Slightly crack or drill holes into the nuts to significantly help spread the scent it has and place them around where the spiders may enter your home such as in doorways and windowsills. Make sure to regularly change the chestnuts to make the repelling process more effective.
Mint Tea. The spiders taste buds are also on their legs. When they mistakenly get near the mint tea and step on it, they will mostly run away. If these spiders come into your home they will get irritated, thus you can kiss them goodbye.
Lemons. Spiders hate lemons and will not go in an area where they smell the scent of lemons. You can use lemon scented cleaners around your home and place them around window sills and doors.
Although there are no sure, long-lasting control measure for spiders, but the best defence against them is to create a home that is not created for them. Having a clean home plus making sure that other insects are not present may stop them from making your home their home.
If you need help in keeping a spider-free home, contact Horizon Pest Control. To know more about our services, simply visit NJ Residential Pest Control.