Spider infestations can be a common problem for homeowners, and understanding the causes of these infestations can help homeowners take steps to prevent them and protect their homes.
Factors that lead to an infestation
One of the primary causes of spider infestations is the availability of food. Spiders are predatory insects that feed on other insects, and they are attracted to homes and other structures that provide a ready source of food. This may include homes with high populations of other insects, such as flies, ants, and beetles.
Another common cause of spider infestations is the presence of suitable habitats. Spiders need a place to build their webs and lay their eggs, and they are attracted to areas that provide the right conditions for these activities. This may include cluttered areas, such as basements, attics, and garages, or areas with high humidity.
Another factor that can contribute to spider infestations is the presence of entry points. Spiders can enter homes through small holes, cracks, and gaps in the walls, foundation, and windows. They may also enter through open doors or windows.
Preventing spider infestations
Preventing spider infestations can be hard to do DIY, because of how small these arachnids are. However, homeowners can take some steps to eliminate potential food sources and breeding grounds. This may involve reducing the populations of other insects in the home, sealing gaps and cracks in the walls and foundation, and removing clutter and debris that may provide suitable habitats for spiders.
Professional prevention methods on the other hand revolve around the use of residual insecticides, which create impassable barriers in the areas of the home that are regularly frequented by spiders, such as crawlspaces and basements. This will lower the spider population in the home to pretty much zero.
Homeowners can also inspect the home regularly for any signs of spider activity, such as webs or egg sacs, and to take steps to eliminate these pests as soon as they are detected. This may involve using pesticides, vacuum cleaners, or other methods of removal.
Removing an existing infestation will likely require professional help as well, especially when dealing with dangerous species such as the black widow and brown recluse. For more information on how spider infestations are prevented and controlled, or if you have an infestation in your home that has to be removed, contact us today.