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Preventing Spiders

May 2 2021 · By Root Home Services

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While most spiders are harmless to humans, there are two kinds that are dangerous that live in Texas: the black widow and the brown recluse. There are several measures that can be taken to prevent all spiders in your abode, not just dangerous ones.

Prevention measures

  • Reduce bright outdoor lights. Bright outdoor lights at night attract all kinds of bugs like moths, flies, and june bugs. And of course, anything that can be caught in a web is an excellent snack. By reducing outdoor lights, you reduce a spider’s food supply as well.
  • Maintain your yard. There are two main strategies this entails. Keeping organic matter off of your home will discourage insects (and as a results spiders) from finding places to live. This includes Trimming grass, pulling weeds, and removing other debris so it doesn’t touch a building. A second strategy is caulking any outside openings where spiders may live.
  • Vacuum your home. Using a vacuum cleaner, target hard to reach corners and spaces to remove spiders, webs, and egg sacs from inside the home. Immediately empty the vacuum into a sealed bag or outside trash can when finished vacuuming spiders.
  • Check stored fabrics. Be careful when you bring out shoes, clothes, towels, and linens which have been stored and undisturbed for a long period of time. Before use, shake out or wash the items to prevent spiders from infesting your home.

Want to do more than the minimum?

Root Home Services can use pesticides across the perimeter of the building, including caulking crevices in your outdoor walls. Any indoor pesticides we use are approved for indoor use and safe to use around your family and pets.

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