If you live in St. Louis, it will likely come as no surprise to you when we list off house spiders, cellar spiders, wolf spiders and jumping spiders as the most common spiders in our area. You've probably dealt with one or all of these arachnids in the last year. However, today we want to take a minute to shed some light on things you may not know and give you some practical tips on how to keep those spiders out of your house.
Why keep spiders out?
Spiders are a predatory bug and considered by some to be a beneficial addition to the home. There may even be a few of you who allow these creatures to set webs up under the eaves around your home. We understand. Spiders kill mosquitoes and other disease-carrying pests, and that is certainly a good thing.
Is it a good idea to have spiders on your exterior walls?
If you allow spiders to live on your exterior walls, you are likely to have spiders making babies on your exterior walls. As you can imagine, these babies are going to be considerably smaller than their parents. That makes them much harder to keep out of your home. If you see webs around your home, use a broom to get rid of them.
Okay, I don't want spiders. How do I keep spiders away?
Spiders are drawn in by a plentiful food source. Though they will eat mosquitoes, mosquitoes aren't what lure them in. They are drawn in by bugs that live around your home. If you have an open trash, those spiders will come for the flies. If you have ornamentals, flowers or vegetables, those spiders will come for the bugs that eat plants. By eliminating these pests, you scan start to eliminate your spider problems.
Are spiders only motivated by food?
No. If you have damp areas around your home, clutter in your yard, stacked wood, construction materials or tall grass, you will invite spiders in. When you reduce these things, you make your yard less interesting to spiders.
House spiders, cellar spiders, wolf spiders and jumping spiders are always encroaching. When they do, make sure they find your St. Louis yard free of food, moisture and places of harborage. Fewer spiders in your yard and on your exterior walls means fewer spiders in your home.
You don't have to live with bugs--even beneficial ones. Find out how you can make your home pest-free today by giving the pest experts here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions a call. Life is just better without bugs.