SAFEGUARD YOUR HOME FROM SPIDERS
REMOVING SPIDERS FROM YOUR HOME
Despite the benefits spiders can bring, most people do not want spiders in their homes. While it is difficult to ensure that you will never again see a spider in home, it is possible to utilize a combination of pesticide application and minor environmental modifications to greatly reduce the chances of having spiders in your home.
Pesticide applications around doors and window sills can keep spiders at bay, while spot treatments throughout the home can take care of existing spiders. Increased vacuuming of corners and dark areas to destroy spider eggs are integral in keeping spider populations down. Reducing the number of dark areas for spiders to hide in is also helpful. Cleaning up dirty rooms, making sure laundry is not left out, etc. Make sure windows are intact and sealed correctly. Granular pesticidal applications around the foundation of the home may also help.
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THE BENEFITS OF SPIDERS
Despite their bad reputation, spiders are extremely useful in our gardens and ecosystem. They are nature’s top pest control agents. Spiders aid in controlling other common pests like mosquitoes, cockroaches, grasshoppers, and flies. All of these insects have been known to devastate crops, gardens, and homes.
Chemical control can only do so much. Spiders can aid in limiting the population of the pests and can do more! Spiders significantly decrease the onset of several diseases such as malaria from mosquitoes and typhoid from house flies. In addition to being crop protectors and disease defenders, spiders’ venom is currently being studied by scientists as a way to help to treat arthritis. Medical applications that also involve the uses of spider silk and spider venom are increasing in number.
Most spiders don’t attempt to enter houses unless there is an extreme change in the weather. Periods of heavy rain or drought will drive spiders indoors, as will cold temperature. So what can you do? A little spider prevention can go a long way. There are several cost-effective and basic steps to prevent spider entry. First, make sure your home doesn’t have any apparent gaps or openings. You can install door sweeps on your exterior doors and use caulk to seal the outside edges of your doors, widow, and outdoor faucets. If you have crawl spaces or attic openings, be sure to cover them with wire mesh. Not only does it prevent spider entry, but debris and larger critters as well. Trimming shrubs and ornamental trees around your houses’ foundation can also help. It is also wise to avoid stacking firewood against your home as spiders love to build webs and nests in them. Lastly, vacuuming and keeping food sealed and put away as well as regularly cleaning basements and attics can go a long way in preventing spider entry.
There are around 4000 species of spiders in the United States. Fortunately, only 2 venomous species are found in Michigan. The Brown Recluse and the Black Widow are the only 2 spider species found in Michigan that pose any kind of serious risk to humans.
Here are spiders you may find, what they are like, and how you may get rid of them.
The Brown Recluse is known for its violin-shaped mark on their back.
The Wolf Spider has a large family. Most of them are large, dark and active.
The Northern Black Widow is most commonly found in the lower western peninsula of Michigan.