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Ever had a good spider scare? It seems these arachnids pop up when we least expect them to. And whether it’s a regular old house spider or a more dangerous species such as the brown recluse, there does not need to be any spider scares in your St. Louis home. The best way to avoid surprise encounters with spiders in the closet, bedroom, or bathroom is to prevent them from getting inside in the first place.

The most common areas of the home to find spiders such as the brown recluse are in hidden, dark, and secluded areas such as:

  • The back of your closet

  • In a pair of shoes

  • In clothes piled on the floor

  • Towels in the bathroom

  • Storage spaces like the basement, attic, or crawl spaces

  • In curtains or drapes

  • On or under furniture such as couches or beds

The brown recluse, like many spiders, is simply looking for a secluded area to prey on insects for food. They are not aggressive towards humans but they will bite if they feel threatened. So if you go to put on a sweater from the back of the closet and a spider happens to be tangled inside, they could bite out of fear. The brown recluse can produce a venomous bite that leaves some in the hospital with serious skin infections, necrosis, and in extreme cases the bites can be fatal. This makes prevention of spiders, especially the more dangerous ones, very important. Here are some ways in which you can prevent spiders from entering your Missouri home:

  1. Cut back bushes and shrubs from touching the side of your home

  2. Make sure all cracks, holes, and crevices on the exterior of the home are properly sealed

  3. Keep all doors and windows closed unless they are secured with screens

Another great way to prevent spiders is with the Signature Pest Protection program from Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Routine pest control services are designed to control all pest problems, including the scare of spiders no matter what time of the year. Rottler offers pest control services in St. Louis, Columbia, and Jefferson City as well as throughout Mid-Missouri. For more information on how to control spiders, please contact us today!


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