A spider infestation is the stuff that nightmares are made of. Unfortunately, they are more common when the temperatures heat up. To avoid and treat an infestation, you need to take action immediately. Here are just a few things you can do to keep the crawlies away.
Inspect the Interior and Exterior of Your Home
Before you can take prevention and treatment measures, determine any possible sources of an infestation. You also need to look for entry points that could be used by spiders to get into your home. Remember, spiders only need a small crack to get into your home.
Once you have identified any cracks or gaps, seal them. You can use caulk for the cracks and mesh to cover the larger gaps. The mesh needs to be fine enough to prevent entry. The point is to make it is difficult as possible for the spiders or any pests to get in your home.
You also need to look for signs of spiders around your exterior lights. Spiders are attracted to lights. The presence of webs could signal that you are headed for an infestation. Changing your lights to sodium vapor lights can help repel the spiders.
Declutter the Interior and Exterior
One of the main attractions for spiders is clutter. Clutter allows them to hide out and gives them a safe haven. Therefore, it is important that you get rid of as much clutter as possible inside and outside your home.
You also need to ensure there are no shrubs, bushes, or other greenery within a feet of your home. Spiders can hide out in the greenery and move into your home without you realizing it. Your home needs a safe perimeter around it that is protected by a residual insecticide dust. Other items, such as wood piles, rocks, and lawn decorations also need to be moved from near your home.
As an added measure, you can place dust in cracks before you seal them with caulk. Even if the spider somehow manages to get past the caulk, it still has to get past the insecticide dust. If you have small children, do not use the dust in the cracks.
Preventing and fighting a spider infestation can be challenging. A pest control professional,like Godfather's Exterminating, Inc., can help you win the fight. A professional assessment and treatment of your home can help keep the spiders and other pests out.