There are a startling number of common spiders in Pennsylvania. If you own a home, it is likely you've seen them. Most, you probably don't know by name. But, if you commonly see a certain spider species around or inside your home, you learn their names. Some of the many spiders you may know the name of are the wolf spider, yellow garden spider, cross orbweaver, barn funnel weaver, long-bodied cellar spider, sac spider, emerald jumper, woodlouse hunter, brown recluse, or Southern black widow. If you do, we're guessing it wasn't by choice. Whatever spider(s) you commonly see are not likely to be welcomed houseguests. That's why we've put together this quick, complete, and effective guide for spider control. Prepare to be amazed!

Understanding Why You Have Spiders

The first step in spider control is understanding why spiders get into your home. It isn't like they stumbled upon your home and thought, "That looks like a nice place to live." And, contrary to what you might have heard, they don't get into Pittsburgh homes for the main reasons other bugs do.

  • Spiders don't get into your home to feed on your stored foods.

  • Spiders don't get into your home to feed on food particles, juices, and fruit left out on your kitchen island.

  • Spiders don't get into your home to feed on rotting organic matter in your trash.

  • Spiders don't get into your home to feed on your house plants.

  • Spiders don't get into your home to feed on the wood of your home, your carpets, or your clothes.

  • Spiders don't get into your home to feed on your blood.

Why do spiders get in your home? To eat all the bugs that eat all of the things listed above. While you can resist other pests by protecting a specific food source, you need to consider all food sources if you want to manage or control spiders. Everything you do to manage other pests in your home will reduce spider populations. Good sanitation and food protection is key to pest management.

Understanding How Spiders Get In

When spiders explore your landscaping for bugs, they stumble upon openings that are large enough for them to fit through. If you keep a tight ship, and have put a lot of work into sealing every gaps, crack, and hole, you might wonder how spiders are getting in. It is important to understand that a spiderling can get into your home, and spiderlings are much smaller than adult spiders. If you don't want these baby spiders getting into your home, you need to consider a few preventative tips.

  • Remove any webs you see around your home. If a web has an egg sac in it, there can be hundreds of spider eggs in that sac. When those eggs hatch, you're going to have lots of tiny spiders exploring your exterior.

  • Reduce attractants around your home. The fewer spiders you have living near your home, the lower your chances of spider problems inside your home. We'll cover these next.

Getting Rid Of Attractants

Spiders can be directly attracted to your home, or lured to your home by bugs that have been attracted by something that doesn't interest spiders. For the sake of time, we're not going to delineate which of the following attractants are specific to spiders.

  • Standing water

  • Dampness

  • Exterior lights

  • Light leaking out from the interior

  • Exposed trash

  • Dirty trash receptacles

  • Honeydew left by aphids

  • Dense vegetation

  • Plentiful vegetation

  • Bird seed

  • Lawn clutter

  • Objects that have accessible voids

Where Professional Spider Control Fits In

If you practice impeccable sanitation in your home, seal every entry point in your exterior, remove webs, and reduce attractants, you can manage spiders below an appropriate threshold. But, if you're not satisfied with just reducing bugs and spiders, a pest professional can help you get the control you want. Ongoing residential pest control works to reduce and repel spiders and the food spiders eat. The products we use are EPA approved and not toxic to you, your kids, or your pets. They target simple organisms that are unable to process the active ingredients, or they have Insect Growth Regulators to prevent insects from maturing. These and other environmentally friendly pest control products get the best results possible and can prevent any appearance of spiders inside your home. If you live in Pittsburgh, reach out to us today. We look forward to assisting you with this valuable protection for your home and family.