The Best Way To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Kansas City Home Forever
January 15, 2023 - Spiders
While most spiders in Kansas City are harmless, even beneficial, an infestation of these little eight-legged creepy crawlers in your house is not something to be taken lightly. As the weather turns colder, spiders, like most other bugs, are all too happy to head into your house and make your life miserable with their presence. Unlike most other pests, however, they are not interested in getting into your food but will be more than happy to prey on the bugs that do.
Let's take a closer look at common household spiders you might run into in your home, as well as which spiders are harmless and which spiders can kill you or cause serious damage.
Let's also look at the best ways to get spiders out of your home and, if the DIY spider eviction approach fails, how to find quality pest control in Kansas City.
How Many Different Types Of Spiders Are There?
There are over 3500 species of spiders in the United States. Statistically, there is at least one spider within ten feet of any human at any time. Thankfully, the vast majority of these creepy crawlers are harmless to humans and more or less sizable animals.
As a matter of fact, there are only two species of spider you have to worry about causing damage with their bites; the black widow and the brown recluse.
Black widow spiders are 1 1/2 to 1 3/8 inches long, shiny black, with a well-storied red hourglass marking on the underside of their abdomen. You will usually spot them hanging upside down in their web, close to the floor.
Brown recluse spiders are on the smaller side, 1/4 to 1/2 inch, light brown to dark in color, with a characteristic violin-shaped marking on top of the thorax. Brown recluse spiders are not social and do their best to stay out of sight, usually spending most of their time in dark, dry locations. You're most likely to run into one getting firewood from the woodpile or in the outbuildings.
While neither black widows nor brown recluse spiders are aggressive by nature, they will bite if threatened, and the damage from the poison they inject can be very severe.
How Spiders In The House Could Mean A Bigger Problem
Discovering that your house is infested by spiders is creepy and disturbing enough in itself, but it's usually a sign of a bigger problem. Spiders are not interested in the food we store in the house; they follow their prey indoors, which is usually other bugs. A spider infestation in your Kansas City home is a sure sign that their food source is abundant, meaning you have bugs in your house.
Five Naturally Effective Tips To Prevent Future Spider Problems
Spiders multiply fast, and ridding your house of them once they infest is not an easy task so let's take a look at a few preventative tips to make your house unattractive to spiders:
- Seal your exterior walls and cracks in the foundation.
- Make sure your window screens are not damaged.
- Rid your house of clutter to take away hiding spots.
- Trim grass and vegetation away from your house.
- Don't stack your firewood close to the walls of your home.
If you discover that your house has a spider problem despite your best prevention efforts, it's time to call a professional!
Total Spider Control For Kansas City Homeowners
An experienced pest control technician will be able to quickly identify the spiders that are infesting your home and develop a species-specific strategy to make sure your house is spider free and stays that way.
If you can't sleep, thanks to spiders taking over your house, give Cridder Ridder a call today to get started and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Kansas City.