Ten No-Sweat Spider Prevention Tips For Costa Mesa Property Owners

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Have you ever had a friend tell you that having spiders around your home is a good thing? They may have used an argument like “spiders kill the bad pests”, or “they won’t hurt you, they just want to help.” Although spiders indeed eat other pests, they are still considered a pest themselves. If you are tired of finding webs and spiders around your Costa Mesa home, read on for ten no-sweat prevention tips.

Common Spiders Around Costa Mesa

There are dozens of species of spiders that live here in Orange County. Thankfully, only a handful of them is known for invading homes. Here are a few of the most common home-invading spiders in our area and how to identify each:

Cellar Spiders

The cellar spider, also called daddy long legs, is best identified by their small body and long, oddly bent legs. These common home-invading pests are pale yellow to light brown or gray and are most likely to be found around areas of high moisture.

Orb Weaver Spiders

Orb weavers come in a variety of bright colors, have hairy or spiny legs, and a relatively large abdomen. Around homes, you are most likely to find these pests near their silk webs, which they build near lights, walls, tree branches, tall grass, and bushes.

Wolf Spiders

Although they look dangerous with their furry appearance, front-facing eyes, and brown color, wolf spiders are nothing that should concern you. These spiders are capable of biting but don’t have venom powerful enough to cause serious harm. Find these spiders around homes in secluded areas such as basements, storage areas, and crawlspaces.

Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown recluse are one of the most dangerous spiders that live here in America. Identifiable by their brown color and the dark backward hourglass figure right behind their head, these less common invaders hide in secluded places around homes.

Black Widow Spiders

Black widows are one of the larger species of spiders here in Costa Mesa. They are also one of the most dangerous. Identify these pests by their large abdomens, black color, and the red hourglass figure on their underside. Inside homes, black widow spiders hide in dimly lit, sheltered locations and prefer clutter over everything else.

How To Prevent Spiders: Prevent Pests

Spiders invade homes solely to hunt for other pests. Because of this, the best way to prevent spiders is to prevent the pests they are hunting. To do this, follow these 10 simple tricks:

  • Keep your grass cut short and your landscaping well-maintained.

  • Reduce the clutter in and around your home.

  • Trim back bushes and tree branches from your home’s exterior.

  • Use a caulking gun to seal up gaps and cracks in your home’s foundation.

  • Address loose-fitting or damaged weather stripping and door sweeps.

  • Repair or replace damaged window/door screens.

  • Address moisture issues around your home, fix leaky piping, clear out clogged gutters, and use a dehumidifier.

  • Clean regularly and thoroughly.

  • Pick up after your pets, wash out their food and water bowls after they are done with them.

  • Be careful not to leave food out but instead store leftovers inside airtight containers.

A Better Way To Keep Spiders Out

If you are looking for a simpler solution for spiders, we have an excellent option for you at Smart Pest Control. With our general home pest control, you won’t have to worry about spiders or the pests they invade to find. We will put in place advanced treatments and industry-leading strategies to ensure your property has the best chance possible to stay pest-free year-round. Reach out to our team today at Smart Pest Control to find out more about our spider control plans and find one that best fits your Costa Mesa home.

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