What You Should Know If You Are Seeing A Lot Of Spiders Around Your Costa Mesa Home

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Spiders are one of the main pests that arouse fear in people. They subtly creep around, so they easily take folks by surprise. On top of a sudden appearance, their weirdly shaped bodies and long, segmented legs cause unease. They aren’t the most attractive things. The bugs create these thin webs that startle as well. By the time you notice it, you’ve likely walked into the sticky mess. If all of that doesn’t generate stress, the idea of a spider’s fangs and venom will. With that in mind, imagine if you began to see plenty of these creatures on your Costa Mesa property.   

To thwart a spider’s effort to enter your home, you have to understand how they function. Also, you need to know what spotting several of them indicates. Continue reading to receive useful information, and learn how Smart Pest Control can help save the day.

The Appearance, Behavior, & Risks of Spiders

As their name hints, the American house spider is notorious for being inside properties across the country. Like most pests, they come into homes in search of shelter and food. Their elongated bodies range in size from ? to 5/16 of an inch long with females larger than males. Color-wise, they are yellowish-brown with a white stomach and chevron markings. Like all spider species, they have 8 legs.   

American house spiders will find holes around flooring, walls, windows, and doors and make their way inside. They prefer to dwell in dark and undisturbed areas such as closets, basements, garages, and attics. Once settled, they’ll begin to form funnel-shaped webs for breeding and feeding. The nets will be found near fixtures, windows, and ceilings. Females can produce multiple sacs, each with a bevy of eggs. These spiders consume fellow arachnids, insects, rodents, and more.   

Simply seeing these spiders and their cobwebs mean you have an infestation. If it seems there’s an increase in their presence, it’s likely because they’ve outgrown their habitat. Should you be bitten, expect pain and localized swelling. If it becomes severe, or you develop a headache or lesion, seek medical attention.

Spider Prevention Techniques

Given that spiders eat insects and creatures, handling issues with other critters is paramount to successful prevention. Most specimens travel indoors through cracks and crevices in foundations, so structural maintenance is also key. Further, many thrive around moisture and humidity. These elements must be controlled. Here are additional ways to deter spiders and their prey:

  • Cut down on clutter. 

  • Check out storage items, plants, and wood before pulling them inside.

  • Trim your yard, shrubs, and flowers. Place greenery at least two feet away from the property. 

  • Keep your pantry and kitchen neat.

  • Wash your dishes and take out the trash regularly.

  • Be sure to dust, vacuum, and sweep on a routine basis.

  • Use air-tight containers for garbage and food storage.

  • Remove cobwebs and spider eggs you find.

  • Seal gaps around walls, windows, and doors. This goes for both the interior and exterior.

  • Repair ripped screens, and add sweeps on doors that face the outside.

  • Use a dehumidifier.

Smart Pest Control Spider Extermination

Smart Pest Control will be there for you, whether you’re facing the relatively harmless American house spider or a more dangerous species. Our technicians are trained to accurately identify a subtype to select just the right treatment. Critters aren’t the same; nests and entry points will be found and addressed accordingly. All of our products are safe for humans, pets, and vegetation, so you can rest assured knowing that your family, pets, and gardens aren't exposed to harmful chemicals.  Take your Costa Mesa home back today, and call us about our spider prevention and other spider control services.

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