There are many ways spiders can appear in your Ventura County home. You may see a small spider crawl down the wall while you’re watching television or doing something on your computer. You may find a mid-sized spider on your sink drain when you turn the light on in the bathroom at night. You may notice a spider in a web between your window and screen as you wash dishes in your kitchen.
Whatever way you find a spider, we’re sure seeing the creature is an unwelcome sight. Spiders are creepy to have around. That’s why we’ve put together this quick, step-by-step guide to effective spider control in Ventura County.
Step 1: Reduce Attractants
Fewer spiders near your home will result in fewer spiders inside your home. It will also help you reduce other unwanted pests. Reduce moisture around your foundation perimeter. Many insects and bugs need moisture to live. Moist conditions around your home will increase pest populations, including spider populations.
Address conditions that created standing water. These are drinking holes for spiders. Keep exterior lights off at night and keep curtains drawn. Many insects are attracted to light. If you attract insects to your home, you’ll also attract the spiders that eat them. Keep exterior trash in covered receptacles that are kept clean to reduce flying insect activity. Rake up leaves and remove organic debris around your home to reduce bugs. Remove unnecessary clutter around your home; these are hiding places for spiders.
Step 2: Remove Webs
You would be amazed at how many tiny spiderlings can come from one web. If you remove spider webs as soon as you see them, you can prevent the spider population around your home from rising by 300 overnight.
Step 3: Seal Entry Points
As spiders explore your exterior (and they will) it is important that they don’t find a way into your Ventura County home. Here are a few tips for sealing common entry points:
- Replace or repair weatherstripping and door sweeps on your exterior doors.
- Use a caulking gun to seal around window and door frames, pipes, wire conduit, and other penetrations.
- Repair any wood that has been damaged by pests, or fill the holes in with foam or caulk until you’re able to do a repair.
- Repair or replace damaged screens.
- Use a repair kit to seal cracks in your foundation walls.
- Repair soffits, fascia, and roofline entry points.
- Repair seals around roof penetrations.
Step 4: Interior Attractants
When spiders get into your home, they’re likely to stay hidden inside your walls and in voids you can’t see into. The reason they come out and show themselves is due to available food and water resources. Keep in mind that the food we are referring to is bugs and flying insects.
Consider these tips to deter spiders from coming out of hiding and possibly give them a reason to leave your home entirely:
- Quickly address fly issues inside your home.
- Keep your pantry foods in sealed plastic containers.
- Put fruit in the fridge rather than on the kitchen island, table or counter.
- Put pet food down only during mealtimes.
- Use the fan in your bathroom when taking a shower or bath to reduce humidity and moisture.
- Install a dehumidifier in your basement if it tends to stay humid.
- Fix leaky faucets.
- Address pipes that are weeping.
Step 5: Pest Control
Remember that the Ventura County, CO pest professionals at Ventura County Pest Control is always standing ready to assist you with your pest control needs. If you want the best pest control for your Ventura County home, the best solution is to let a licensed pest professional help. We use EPA-approved products and field-tested methods to get control of pest populations and reduce pest activity. Reach out to us. Life is better without pests.