We have quite a variety of spiders in Merrimac. These spiders appear in many places. You will find that they create webs in your landscaping, underneath your deck, and around your trash receptacles. You'll find their webs hanging from ceilings and decorating your basement. Sometimes, you'll see a spider crawling on a wall, zipping across a floor, or appearing on a drain in your bathroom. For most people, it is gross to have spiders around. Others have a fear of spiders and no tolerance for these creepy houseguests. We don't know how you feel about spiders, but we're willing to bet that you don't want them in your home! Let's look at common house spiders in Merrimac, what they do in your home, all-natural prevention tips, and what Merrimac pest control professionals can do to stop spiders before they get into your home. If you've had enough and want spiders out of your home, yesterday, jump to our contact page or give us a call. We can take care of those spiders for you. If you want to turn the table on spiders, naturally drive them out of your home, and keep them out, read on. We're sharing our best tips today.  

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What Do Spiders In Merrimac Look Like?

Spiders are arachnids and all arachnids share a few basic traits. They have four pairs of legs, two body parts, and no antennae. All arachnids have these characteristics, including ticks, so you can relax if you see tiny bugs in your home that look like ticks but have six legs. When you see a spider in your home, you have cause to not relax. Almost all spiders have fangs and venom. They use their venom to take down their prey.

Merrimac is home to several common pest spider species. You likely know many of them by name and some of them by sight. When you find a big, hairy spider in your home, there is a good chance it is a wolf spider. The tiny spiders that make webs on your indoor ceilings are most likely American house spiders, the spiders in your basement are daddy-longlegs spiders, and the yellow and black spiders hiding in the vegetation on your property are garden spiders. These common spiders are well known. But, as common as spiders are, it is surprising how often someone will see a spider and have no idea what kind of spider it is. This is one reason why people fear spiders. When you don't know you're looking at a harmless spider, your imagination can run wild with possibilities, but if you're concerned about spiders and spider bites, we have good news.

Is It Dangerous To Have Spiders In My Home?

There is only one medically important spider in the state, and it rarely bites residents. It is the Northern black widow. If you see a black widow spider or its web, it is best to steer clear, but you don't need to fear these spiders. They are reclusive and don't prefer to live indoors.

Another spider to watch out for is the brown recluse. While we don't have local populations of these spiders in Massachusetts, they can get into Merrimac homes. They do so by hitchhiking. When you see a light brown spider, look closely to see if it has a dark brown violin mark on its back. Inside your home, brown recluse spiders will grow a population. While they are reclusive (as their name suggests), over time they'll begin to appear, when they have to compete for food resources in your home. We hope you don't wait until you see them in your common areas! Take quick steps to prevent bites when you see these spiders in your house and call Freedom Pest Control for spider treatments. We'll work the problem until you have no more brown recluse spiders in your home. Here are a few tips for spider bite prevention:

  • Be cautious when retrieving or opening boxes from storage.
  • Move beds away from the walls.
  • Remove skirting on beds.
  • Make sure blankets don't hang down and touch the floor.
  • Shake shoes, clothing, and towels before using.

It isn't good to have brown recluse spiders in your home or black widow spiders in your yard. Take action when you detect them. As for all the other spiders, they're mostly harmless. You can manage them with all-natural methods, ongoing exterior pest control, or both.    

Easy & Effective Spider-Prevention Tips

Your home is your sanctuary. The last thing you need in your sanctuary is eight-legged pests with fangs. Fortunately, it is easy to keep spiders out if you understand how important it is to do the things you're probably already doing. If you're not doing these things, you should. These tips help to protect your property from damage, guard your health, and keep a long list of pests out of your home—not just spiders. 

1. Reduce Spider Food

Spiders eat insects, centipedes, millipedes, and other invertebrates. The more pests you have, the more spiders you'll have in your home. There are many ways to reduce spider food around and inside your home. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Keep lights off at night. Most insects are attracted to white light. You may also replace white lights with lighting units that cast yellow light. Insects can't detect yellow light.
  • Cover your trash. Many pests lay their eggs in garbage, and these pests can emerge from your receptacles by the dozens. The most common pests that will breed in your trash receptacles are flies, and spiders love flies.
  • Clean. Anything that smells like rotting organic matter will attract pests and some unsanitary conditions will provide food sources for pests.
  • Address lawn weeds. Nectar is a sought-after food source for many common pests in Merrimac.

When you remove the food sources that attract pests, you remove pests as a food source for spiders.

2. Reduce Moisture And Humidity

Moisture control is one of the best things you can do for your home. It is the reason why homes have gutters and overhangs. Moisture control also reduces the pests spiders eat and the spiders themselves.

  • Clean your gutters and make repairs. Rain can lead to wood rot when it is allowed to run down your roof and exterior walls. It allows organisms floating in the air to cling to the wood and begin the process of decay. It also soaks your perimeter. A soaked perimeter stays damp long after it rains and attracts pests.
  • Trim your vegetation and remove unnecessary plants. Dense vegetation traps moisture, increases humidity, and inspires pest activity.
  • Water plants in the morning. Doing this will allow the sun to fully dry your landscape vegetation before nightfall.
  • In your home, repair leaking faucets. The constant drip of a faucet provides drinking water and moisture for pests and the spiders that eat them.

A dry home is a pest-resistant home. Do all you can to reduce moisture and humidity.     

3. Reduce Spider Populations

If you have fewer spiders, you'll have fewer troubles with spiders. That makes sense, right? There are two ways you can target spiders with all-natural methods. 

  • Remove spider webs. When spiders create webs on the exterior of your home, the webs don't just look ugly, they are a source of spider reproduction. A web that has a spider egg sac in it has the potential to create hundreds of new spiders on your property.
  • Use sticky boards. There are many sticky traps available. When you place these around your home, you'll catch spiders. Keep in mind that sticky traps aren't enough to arrest a spider infestation. They are just one part of an effective control strategy. 

When you step up your game and stay on top of spider web removal, you are likely to notice a reduction in spider sightings within your home.

4. Seal Entry Points That Spiders Use

You are likely to tackle projects to keep your home looking beautiful. As you do this, you should know that your efforts can also help to keep spiders out. Seal gaps and cracks with expanding foam or caulking material, replace weatherstripping and door sweeps that aren't getting the job done, and repair other protective building materials. It is hard work, but it is work you're probably already doing.  

5. Remove Spider Habitats

In the fall and spring, you probably get outside to do yard work. It isn't easy—that is why it is called work! But it is easy to understand that spiders and the pests spiders eat are drawn to properties with leaf litter, dead branches, and other organic debris. Stay on top of removing organic debris to deter pests. 

The Secret To Total Spider Control In Merrimac

If you don't have the time or energy to deal with all-natural pest management or you want added protection on top of what you're already doing, contact Freedom Pest Control. We offer year-round pest control services that give your exterior layers of protection. We reduce the number of pests that spiders eat and take measures to directly control spiders as needed. Our technicians remove spider webs, apply sticky traps, and use several other methods, all according to a field-tested strategy. You won't have to wonder if you still have spiders in your home! Call us today to learn more about how we help keep spiders out or schedule service. We're here to help.  


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