Central Valley residents need to have a firm handle on the preferred hiding spots of the area’s resident spiders. After all, you can only identify potential issues and take corrective action if you know where to look for dangerous arachnids such as black widows, orb weavers and hobo spiders. The good news is there are many steps you can take to help avoid a spider infestation altogether.
Prime Hiding Spots for Spiders
Most spiders are attracted to areas that are quiet and typically undisturbed. Problems often begin when a human inadvertently disturbs the spider in its chosen habitat. You should always be extra cautious when you go into any applicable space, including:
- Storage Rooms
- Unused Guest Bedrooms
- Unused Guest Bathrooms
- Underneath Furniture
- In Wall Cracks and Corners
- Inside Houseplants
Black widow spiders have the ability to cause the most damage with a single bite. They can be found in any of the previously listed spots, but it’s especially common for them to head for a basement, shed or undisturbed wood pile outside.
Now that you know what spiders are looking for, there are numerous steps you can take to make your house feel less welcoming. First and foremost, spiders like clutter because it gives them a good place to hide. Eliminate the clutter, and you’ll remove most of the spider’s perceived sense of safety. It’s also wise to frequently dust your walls, ceilings and surfaces.
Spiders need an environment where they can easily access food and water. Make sure you don’t have leaky pipes, and always seal any cracks that can provide easy access into your home. Don’t allow crumbs to accumulate anywhere. Even if the spider doesn’t eat them, their prey might, which can cause an even bigger bug problem. Regularly vacuuming and cleaning up your counters is the best way to minimize food sources.
Do Natural Prevention Methods Work?
There are some natural spider prevention methods that may keep these pests from entering your home. For example, some people have had success by spraying a mixture of water and peppermint oil around the interior and exterior of their house. However, in most cases, if you already have spiders inside, you’re going to need to use stronger tactics.
Eliminating Spider Issues
If you have a spider infestation or if you’ve spotted a venomous spider on the premises, Valley Pest Solutions can help! Learn more about spider control in the Ripon, California, area by contact Valley Pest Solutions.