Spiders. The word alone conjures a mental image that strikes terror in the hearts of many. Horror movies have used spiders for decades! There’s a reason arachnophobia is one of the most common fears today. The truth is spiders are, for the most part, harmless.
There are a few venomous species out there, which should be watched for and given a wide berth. But the vast majority of spiders are simply unwanted guests in our homes. They leave unsightly cobwebs, and who wants to share a shower with a large hairy arachnid?
Luckily for us, there are some steps we can take toward spider prevention. First, it’s important to identify the kind of spider you may be seeing in your home. This could impact the way in which you go about future spider prevention or treatment.
Here are 2 common spiders found in Idaho:
- Black Widow: Arguably the most commonly recognized spider, black widows are black in color with a large, red hourglass on their underside. They have potent venom, but are not aggressive unless provoked or threatened.
- Hobo Spider: These spiders are usually brown in color with V-shaped coloration on their back that points toward their head. They spin a funnel-type web and have been known to be aggressive.
No matter the species of spider found in Idaho, spiders are very fragile and sensitive creatures. They respond easily to changes in their environment, and will often leave if they feel threatened. Knowing this, we can fight against them.
Follow these spider prevention tips:
- Destroy cobwebs when you see them. This disturbs the spiders ability to nest or hunt, and they might look for a safer place to reside.
- Clean and vacuum regularly. Although this may seem obvious, decreasing clutter takes away possible hiding and living places for spiders.
- Get rid of other pests in your home! Sometimes homeowners like spiders because they take care of other pests within the home. However, if you want both gone, eliminate the spiders’ food source.
- Close off entry point to your home. When the weather gets colder, spiders move inside. Look for entry points in window, doors, chimneys, vents, and foundations and do your best to keep them sealed.
Spider prevention can be simple, but not always easy. The experts at Get Lost Pest Control know how best to keep your home spider free. If you have noticed an influx of these eight-legged critters, you may need a professional solution. Get Lost Pest Control is here to help you with your Idaho spider prevention. Our competitive pricing and services will leave you with the peace of mind you deserve, year-round.