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How To Handle House Spiders As An Arachnophobe In Del Rio Serving Del Rio, Eagle Pass & Surrounding Areas

How To Handle House Spiders As An Arachnophobe In Del Rio

Are you worried about Del Rio spiders and their bites? Do you have zero tolerance for scary spiders getting into your home? We have some good news for you. There are many ways to deter and control spiders around your home and keep them from getting inside. Join us as we look at some methods that work together to get spiders out and keep them out, and how your local pest control provider applies spider pest control in Del Rio. You might learn things today you've never heard before. The experts here at Gold Star Exterminators have a lot of experience and we've seen just about everything. Here's what you should know. 

Your vacuum is an effective tool for dealing with spiders and the bugs they eat. When used appropriately and along with other things, you can successfully manage spiders and reduce spider sightings below your threshold of comfort, unless your threshold is zero spiders. If you have arachnophobia, contact a licensed pest professional for spider control. We'll get into what a professional does to control spiders in a moment. First, let's look at how vacuuming helps.

  1. Your vacuum picks up tiny food particle that insects eat. When insects can't get a bite to eat inside your home, they'll look for food outside. When spiders can't find insects in your home, they'll go outside too.
  2. Your vacuum sucks up tiny eggs and larvae hiding in rugs. When you remove eggs and larvae, you work to arrest insect activity and limit the number of insects spiders can feed on.
  3. Your vacuum can suck up spider webs and spider egg sacs. If you have a strong enough vacuum, it will serve you well as you work to remove webs and sacs. Why is it important to remove these? Removing webs will deter spiders from making more webs because the presence of webs sends a signal to spiders that it is safe to build webs there. You don't want them to feel safe to do this. Plus removing egg sacs will potential remove the hundreds of spider eggs hidden in them.

If you choose to go after spiders with your vacuum, keep in mind that it isn't a complete solution. Let's consider other ways you can get rid of spiders in your Del Rio home. 

Will Bleaching The Floors Deter Spiders?

There are many ways bleach can impact spider activity and control spiders inside or around your home. You'll find lots of advice on the internet regarding the application of bleach to arrest spider infestations. We don't recommend heeding much of this advice. While you can eliminate spiders with bleach and even destroy spider egg sacs with bleach, there is a much better way to deal with them without exposing yourself to the hazards associated with using bleach, such as sickness and property damage.

If you bleach the floors of your home because it is how to clean and disinfect, go right ahead and do that. Spiders won't want to crawl on your floors and the pests they eat, such as flies and ants, won't like your bleached floors either. But don't use bleach as your only tool for managing common house spiders, particularly if you have a fear of spiders. Your fear may cause you to use much more bleach than you should.  

Five Home Spider Control Tips For Arachnophobes

Do you want a spider-free home? Do you want fewer spiders hanging out in your yard? The two go hand-in-hand. The first and most important step in spider control is to alter conditions that attract spiders to your property. These spider control tips will not only work to reduce outdoor spiders, but they will prevent all spiders from getting into your home.

1. Reduce Moisture

Most conditions promote pest activity, and where pests are, you can expect to see spiders. Therefore, everything you do to manage moisture will have an impact on spider activity.

  • Clean gutters and fix spots where rainwater is leaking out.
  • Trim the plants in your landscaping so the air can move through and keep your vegetation dry.
  • Remove leaves and sticks. Not only does this trap moisture and increase humidity, but spiders and bugs use them as hiding places.
  • Remove weeds and unwanted grass.
  • Repair plumbing issues, such as leaking spigots, hoses, or sprinklers.

A dry exterior is a pest-resistant exterior. While you can't do anything about how much rain we get, you do you do have control over how long your property stays wet after it rains.  

2. Reduce Light

When flying insects are drawn to entryway lights, they can fly right into your home when you open your door. Once inside, some insects can breed and create a population for spiders to feed on. When crawling insects are drawn to ground lighting, they increase their activity in your landscaping and other vegetation. Spiders come to feed on these insects and accidentally get into your home. It is best to reduce light around your home. Here are some suggestions.

  • Keep lights off where it is not a security concern.
  • Consider replacing white lights with yellow lights. Insects aren't able to detect yellow light and are not attracted to it.
  • Keep curtains and shades closed to prevent interior light from leaking out.
  • Get a year-round pest control plan if you'd rather keep all the lights on and your curtains open.

Light plays a significant role in how many spiders will get into your home. Don't underestimate the power of keeping lights off or replacing them with yellow lights.

3. Sanitize

Flies and other pests are attracted to unsanitary things. They'll buzz around a trash receptacle, explore your yard for animal droppings, and explore landscaping after fertilization. While it is impossible to address all of the unsanitary things that attract insects, every little bit counts. Fewer insects will result in fewer spiders. It is as simple as that.

  • Make sure to get your trash to the curb weekly. When it sits, it can stink up your receptacles.
  • Clean and deodorize receptacles that start to stink. It is a dirty job but well worth the effort. You may also get a pest strip for your receptacle cover if conditions make it hard to keep your receptacles clean. They work great for addressing flies, maggots, roaches, and other garbage pests.
  • Consider using scented garbage bags to mask the smell of the organic matter inside.
  • Stay on top of waste clean up if you have a dog.
  • Store junk and scraps in a plastic bin rather than on the ground.
  • Clean your cookout equipment and refrain from leaving food items outside.

These tips will not only reduce spiders but also several other pests that can make your life miserable. 

4. Remove Webs

We discussed this already, but it bears mentioning again. A spider sac can have 300 eggs in it. That's a lot of spiders waiting to come out and scare you. Remove webs and spider egg sacs. You can crush the egg sacs or throw them in a fire to destroy them. Use a spider web removal tool to get webs. If you have webs on your roofline or other high places, attach the web removal tool to the end of a long pole.

5. Seal Openings

It is common sense to seal potential entry points that spiders may use to get into your home, but perhaps it is not readily apparent where spiders may try to enter your home. If you have handyperson skills, you can skip this part. These tips are for the non-mechanically inclined.

  • Get a can of spray foam. Use the foam to seal around pipes and wire conduits or to fill in openings just above your foundation wall. When you apply the foam, wear rubber gloves. It adheres to skin and is difficult to get off.
  • Inspect your exterior doors. If you see light leaking in, you need to seal your doors. You can purchase weatherstripping and door sweeps from a hardware store and get advice there too.
  • Use a caulking gun to apply a seal around your exterior door and window frames. If you see an obvious hole and you don't want to get the spray foam out, you can use your caulking gun to fill in the holes.

Spiders don't make holes. They take advantage of holes that already exist. When you roll your sleeves up and address trouble spots, you'll have fewer spiders getting inside your home.  

All of the tips above are environmentally friendly. No pest control products are needed. If you do this hard work, you may never see another spider inside your home. Unfortunately, these tips require time, energy, and effort. If you don't have the ability, or there are vulnerabilities you can't easily address, contact a professional.

Total Spider Control For Del Rio Homes

Are you in Del Rio? If so, you're in our service area. Connect with Gold Star Exterminators for assistance with spider control. We not only exterminate spiders, we apply ongoing pest management to keep spiders out of your home. There is no better way to deal with spiders and their bites. Give us a call or drop us a line. When you have pest problems, we have the solutions.  

Gold Star has been spraying our house for a few years now and I can't express how much it has helped.  I was spraying Demon WD myself and barely made an impact on the scorpions and spiders.  after they started doing it, we have very few sightings now.  Great company.

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