We have several pest spider species in our Fenton service area. Some of the common invasive spiders we deal with don't bite or don't have a venom that is considered medically important such as cellar spiders, house spiders, jumping spiders, and wolf spiders. The two types to keep a close eye out for are the brown recluse and the black widow because a bite from one of these spiders can be serious. Let's take a look at how spiders, in particular, those poisonous spiders, get into our homes.
How Spiders Get In
Spiders exploit holes made by other creatures. When carpenter ants make a small hole, and a rodent makes that hole bigger, a spider will take advantage of it, especially a poisonous spider. Black widows and brown recluse usually stay close to the ground where moisture and wood-destroying pests can damage a home.
If a home has damaged window or door screens, spiders will take advantage of them. Once inside that space between the screen and the window, they may gain entry through tiny gaps, cracks, or holes.
The seal on the bottom of a garage door is a potential entry point. It is hard to maintain a seal on such a large door, and it doesn't take much of a gap for tiny spiders to get in. Since spiders often stay close to the ground to feed on crawling bugs, this can be a common entry point for them.
When foundation mortar chips and cracks, especially around windows, spiders will take advantage of this. Spiders will also take advantage of gaps around plumbing, wire conduit, and other objects that pass through your exterior walls.
It is surprising how many holes we have in our roof lines, eaves, soffits, and fascia. Spiders take advantage of all of them. They can even go down the hole of a chimney.
From the bottom of a home to the top, spiders can find holes, gaps, vents, and other entry points. It is nearly impossible to keep them out. That is why many homeowners turn to year-round pest control service. A professional applies routine treatments to key areas in a yard and around the foundation perimeter of a home to target and eliminate pest creatures. Not only does this reduce spiders directly, it also reduces the food that attracts spiders to a home.
For assistance with perimeter treatment in the Fenton area, reach out to Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. We've been providing solutions for Missouri residents since 1956. We can help keep those spiders where they belong.