A Step-By-Step Guide To Effective Spider Control For Your Costa Mesa Home

7/20/2020


a brown widow spider on a  web

Everyone has a different view of spiders. Some believe they should all be eradicated off the face of the planet, others consider them their friends and treat them kindly as long as they don’t enter into their homes. Today we will be talking about some of the most common species of spiders in the area and discussing what methods work best to keep them out of homes. If that is what you are looking for, here is our step-by-step guide to effective spider control for your Costa Mesa home.

Common Spider Species Around Costa Mesa, CA

Costa Mesa is home to a variety of different spider species. Thankfully only a few are known for invading homes and causing trouble. Here is how to identify common area spiders and what problems they pose around your home.

House Spiders

House spiders are yellowish-brown in color, ⅛” to 3/16” in length, have dirty white abdomens, and are marked with several dark stripes that meet at an angle. These harmless spiders will weave webs in areas where air circulates in the hopes of catching insects.

Black Widow Spiders

Black widows are black, 1 ½” to 1 ⅜” long, and have a red hourglass figure on the underside of their abdomens. Of all of the spiders here in California, the black widow is by far the most dangerous. A bite from one of these formidable pests most often results in severe pain, sweating, nausea, body aches, and requires immediate medical attention.

Jumping Spiders

Jumping spiders are brown, tan, or grey, ⅛” to ¾” in length, and often have pale markings across their bodies. Often regarded as the cutest spiders, jumping spiders are not known to bite, but they can if they feel threatened. A bite from one of these pests might result in redness, itching, and stinging but should not require medical attention.

Cellar Spiders

Cellar spiders are pale to light brown or gray, 1/4” to 3/8” in length, and have long incredibly thin legs. These long-legged pests don’t pose any serious risk of harm but are quite a nuisance when found around homes.

Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders are dark brown, 1/4” to 1⅜” in length, and often have pale markings covering their bodies. Despite looking dangerous, wolf spiders pose no real threat to people or pets. When inside homes these agile pests will hunt in secluded areas on the floor for insects to eat.

How To Prevent Spiders

Spiders most commonly invade homes to hunt for insects. Because of this, spider prevention requires general pest prevention. To keep spiders and the pests they invade to hunt out of your Costa Mesa home, here are the top exclusion tips our experts have to offer:

  • Keep your lawn and landscaping well-maintained.

  • Trim back bushes and trees from your home’s exterior foundation.

  • Using some liquid cement or a caulking gun, fill in spaces, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.

  • Reduce moisture in and around your home by repairing leaks, fixing broken gutters, and using a dehumidifier.

  • Turn off exterior lights at night or invest in insect-resistant bulbs.

  • Reduce clutter in and around your home.

  • Store leftover food inside airtight containers.

If you are looking for a simpler and more cost-effective way to deal with spiders in and around your Costa Mesa home, we have options for you here at Smart Pest Control. We understand pests and know how to properly eliminate and keep them out of homes.

Reach out to our team today to find a spider control plan that best fits you and your home’s needs.




 

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