Spiders are one of these critters that people tend to fear most. Whether this is because spiders are largely misunderstood, or because some of them just look scary is largely unknown. The fact is spiders are well known to cause anxiety in residents when found indoors. Their presence at home is a worry sign for people at large. More so for those who have a spider phobia.
Spiders suddenly appear to be a lot more noticeable in the warmer month of the year. Rising temperatures and humidity cause them to emerge from their hiding spots in search of food.
While it is common for every home to have a few spiders, it is not unusual for the venomous ones to also get in. Read on for a few handy tips on how to deter spiders from your property. Also on how to discourage them from hiding in and around your home.
Dangerous spiders are those that are venomous and when they bite serious health problems and even death can occur. If you suspect you have been bitten by a venomous spider seek medical attention immediately.
Venomous spiders you should look out for include:
Funnel Web Spider
There are many species of funnel webs (including the notorious Sydney funnel web) with most dark brownish or black. The abdomen is also black with a covering of dense hairs. They normally measure around 2cm in length (some can be much larger). Very fond of rockeries and rotting logs.
Red Backs Spider
Female red backs are black with a distinctively marked hourglass shape on the abdomen. While males are normally light brown, smaller in size than females with white markings and lacking the red stripe. Red backs prefer quiet undisturbed areas.
These spiders have a grey-brown colour, they can be identified by a grey or white spot at the tip of the tail. Body size is normally 1-2cm in length. They often venture indoors after rain.
How Spiders Get Into Homes
Spiders find their way in through cracks and small openings that may have been unnoticed before. They can get in through air vents, open windows, and can be brought in attached with delivers and shopping. Spiders often enter the home seeking their prey, and find themselves a comfortable place to call home once they do so.
There are number of simple measures hat can be taken to reduce the likelihood of spiders making themselves conformable.
Reduce Back Yard Debris
Ensure that there is nothing stored around the external walls of the house. Keep all your items in the shed away from the house. That will prevent spiders accidentally wandering into your home. Inspect storage and the stored goods from time to time for signs of infestation. Keep rubbish and clutter to a minimum by disposing of unwanted and broken items regularly. Educate your children not to leave toys lying around outside. Remember to check swimming pools for spiders before using them. Funnel webs are often found around pools during heatwaves. They may even lurk on the bottom of the pool where they appear to be dead. Don’t be fooled as they can breathe underwater using tiny hairs.
Keep Garden Beds Tidy
Make sure garden beds are tidy and neatly maintained. Trim back shrubs and overgrown trees on a regular basis and clean out gutters. Also remove piles of leaves which can act as the perfect spider habitat. Having a well-maintained garden reduces the insect pest populations that act as a food source. They also attract spiders towards the property in the first place. When gardening take care to prevent spider bites by wearing gloves. Check footwear regularly for the presence of spiders in funnel web prone areas. Don’t attempt to handle spiders or collect them for identification unless you are competent in doing so. Seek appropriate medical attention should you be bitten by any spider.
Check Dark And Damp Areas
Both indoors and outdoors try to reduce the number of dark and damp areas where some spiders like to hide. If not possible, inspecting and vacuuming these areas regularly. Frequent removal of spider webs by vacuuming greatly reduces spider numbers by eliminating both live spiders and egg sacs. Spiders will quickly move elsewhere if their habitat and webs are regularly disturbed. When vacuuming pay attention to hidden areas. Behind cupboards, in the corners, high ceilings, concealed cracks and crevices. Don’t forget to check the bathroom and laundry as spiders will often prefer the cooler environment during summer.
Seal Spider Entry Points
Walk carefully through your home and inspect it for gaps where spiders and other insects can gain entry. Check seals around windows and doors, the vents in crawl spaces and for gaps around electrical cables and plumbing. Remove any webs and egg sacs using a broom or a vacuum cleaner. Smaller gaps such as those around pipes can be sealed with caulking and larger gaps with foam or steel wool. Larger gaps can also be covered with fine wire mesh. Inspect the tightness of fitted insect screens and entrance barriers regularly, replace as needed.
Reduce Outdoor Lighting
Consider strategies to minimise outdoor lighting usage and try to have the light fittings away from your front door. Flying insects are attracted to light drawing in spiders looking to hunt. Also consider replacing white bulbs with bulbs that emit a yellow or orange light as the coloration will not attract insects which is the food source for spiders.
Spider Control Advice
If despite your best efforts in prevention a spider problem persists in your home or there are frequent sightings of large numbers of spiders, don’t be tempted to waste time and money on risky DIY remedies. You should call in a professional pest control service who can visit your home, identify the spider species present and determine the most appropriate and safe method to treat your home and property. Spider control professionals can also advise on how to spot and prevent future spider infestations and put your mind at ease when there are pets and children around.