As the summer months arrive, so do the unwelcome guests - spiders and, for some regions, the notorious black widows. While these eight-legged creatures play a crucial role in maintaining the ecosystem, encountering them in and around our homes can be unsettling and, in some cases, potentially dangerous. This blog aims to provide you with practical tips to keep spiders and black widows under control during the summer without harming them unnecessarily.
Seal and Secure Your Home
The first line of defense against spiders and black widows is to prevent their entry into your home. Inspect the exterior of your house for cracks, gaps, and holes in windows, doors, and foundations. Use weather stripping and caulking to seal any openings that could serve as entry points for these arachnids. Ensuring your home is well-protected will reduce the chances of encountering them indoors.
Keep Your Home Clean and Clutter-Free
Spiders are drawn to cluttered and messy environments as they offer plenty of hiding spots. Regularly declutter your living spaces and storage areas, eliminating unnecessary items that can become spider havens. Vacuum and sweep regularly to remove cobwebs and spider egg sacs. Pay particular attention to corners, ceilings, and dark areas.
Reduce Outdoor Lighting
Excessive outdoor lighting can attract insects, which, in turn, will draw spiders and black widows to your property. Consider using low-intensity, yellow, or sodium vapor lights, which are less appealing to insects. Additionally, try to keep exterior lights off when not needed, and use indoor curtains or blinds to prevent light from spilling outside.
Prune and Maintain Landscaping
Overgrown vegetation and plants close to your home can provide hiding spots for spiders and their prey. Trim bushes, shrubs, and trees away from the house to minimize shelter and reduce the likelihood of spiders finding their way indoors. Regularly clean up fallen leaves and debris in the yard, as they can become perfect hiding spots.
Use Natural Repellents
Several natural remedies can help deter spiders and black widows from invading your living space. Some popular options include:
a. Vinegar: Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and apply it to areas where spiders are likely to lurk. The acidic smell repels them effectively.
b. Essential oils: Spiders dislike strong-smelling essential oils such as peppermint, tea tree, and lavender. Dilute a few drops of essential oil in water and spray it around windows, doorways, and other entry points.
c. Citrus peels: Rub citrus peels (orange, lemon, or lime) along baseboards, windowsills, and other areas to deter spiders due to their aversion to citrus scents.
Deploy Sticky Traps
For a non-toxic method of capturing and removing spiders, use sticky traps strategically placed in areas where you often spot them. Check the traps regularly, and if you capture harmless spiders, release them back into the wild away from your home.
Adopt a Cat
Cats are natural hunters and may help keep your home free of pests, including spiders. Their presence alone can deter spiders from setting up webs, and they may even catch a few crawling critters themselves.
By following these tips, you can maintain a spider and black widow-free living space during the summer without resorting to harmful chemicals or lethal methods. Remember, it's essential to respect the role of spiders in the ecosystem while still ensuring the safety and comfort of your home. If you're still struggling to keep your home spider free, give Hunter's Services a call at 530-342-8950.