While you probably don’t want to see any pests in your Columbus home, let’s face it, spiders are one of the least-welcomed sights to local homeowners. They crawl around, they build large webs, and they can bite. There are plenty of reasons you should want to keep spiders out of your Columbus home. Unfortunately, the presence of spiders in a home usually means there are other pest problems, as well. Therefore, it’s important for you to know the preventative measures you can take to keep spiders and the pests that attract them, out of your Columbus home. Moreover, should the spider problem around your home become too unmanageable, you need to know about Pestmaster® Services and our commitment to keeping Columbus homeowners safe from home-invading pests.

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Identifying Common Area Spiders

While most of the spiders you come across in your home are harmless, there are a couple of spider species in the area that can be dangerous. As such, it’s important to know the difference between them. Some of the nuisance spiders in the area include cellar spiders, jumping spiders, and wolf spiders. 

Cellar spiders grow to be about 3/8th of an inch long with brown to beige coloration. They have small bodies and long, slender legs. They can typically be found in dark spaces like cellars, crawlspaces, and storage areas.

Jumping spiders can grow to be ¾ of an inch long and are usually black. Jumping spiders derive their name from the way they jump to move around.

Wolf spiders can grow to be over an inch long. They are primarily brown with darker-colored markings. Despite their large appearance, wolf spiders do not pose any real threat to humans.

Other spiders you might find in your Columbus home that you do need to worry about include brown recluses and black widows. Brown recluses are brown with a dark-colored violin-like pattern on their backs. Black widows are black with a red hourglass shape on their abdomens. If you are bitten by either of these spiders, seek medical attention immediately.

Factors That Attract Spiders Into Homes

Spiders might enter a home simply because there is a way inside. However, the main reason spiders usually enter into homes is in pursuit of prey. The presence of spiders in your home usually means there are further pest issues. Factors that attract other pests include the improper storage of food, the improper storage of trash, moisture buildup, and sanitary issues.

Ways To Limit Factors That Attract Spiders

To keep spiders out of your home, you need to seal off potential entry points and limit factors that attract the pests that spiders feed on. This includes:

  • Store all food in airtight containers or the fridge.

  • Keep floors and counters free of spills and food debris.

  • Take out the trash regularly and store trash in bins with tight-fitting lids.

  • Use dehumidifiers to address areas with moisture buildup.

  • Wipe away webs when you come across them. 

  • Fill in cracks in the foundation with caulk.

  • Install door sweeps under exterior doors.

  • Install weather-stripping around windows and exterior doors.

The Best Method Of Spider Control

If you have any further questions about spider prevention, or if you need assistance in dealing with the spiders around your Columbus home, call the professionals here at Pestmaster® Services. Not only will we effectively eliminate any infestation with which you are dealing, but should you opt for one of our ongoing pest control plans, we will ensure your home is protected from pest infestation all year long. Nobody wants to see spiders crawling around their home. Give us a call today to get started with a spider control plan that works for you.

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