Colorado is home to thousands of web-spinning spider species. With the colder temperatures these eight legged crawlers can move into our homes.
Web-spinning spiders can be found in many locations in and around a home. Dark corners or areas such as storage rooms are common areas where spiders will nest and spin their webs. While spiders are beneficial to our ecosystems by eating other insects, their appearance can be quite alarming and are not generally regarded as welcome guests in the home. Some of the most frequently encountered web-spinning spiders in Colorado are the common house spider, orb weaver and the long-legged cellar spider (sometimes called the “daddy long-legs” spider).
The following are 6 tips for spider control around your home.
Eliminate clutter: Spiders seek out secluded, undisturbed areas where they can build a web to catch their next meal. Attics, crawl spaces and storage sheds are prime locations. Keep these areas clean and free from clutter, and seal boxes with tape to prevent spiders from climbing inside.
Suck and sweep spiders away: Vacuum or sweep windows, corners of rooms, storage areas, basements, and other seldom-used areas regularly to remove spiders and their webs. A spider’s soft body will not survive this process.
Wash clothing: Avoid leaving clothing and shoes on the floor, and consider storing them inside plastic containers in the off-season. Shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper before wearing or washing. Wear gloves when going through boxes or when removing items from storage areas.
Seal cracks and crevices: Spiders can crawl into homes through damaged window screens or cracks in the siding. The exterior of homes should be inspected for these defects seasonally, as weather and changes in temperature can cause or worsen existing problems.
Inspect packages and boxes: Inspect such items as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors. Plants and firewood also can provide modes of transportation for spiders.
Maintain your landscape: Outdoors, you can eliminate spider hiding places and web-building areas by keeping your yard free of trash, leaf litter, and overgrown vegetation. Make sure to trim shrubs and plants near the house and other structures to discourage spiders from establishing a foothold.
IPM of Northern Colorado can help protect your home with professional spider control services. Safety is first and foremost with all of our control services, the most safe and effective chemistries are used to protect your home and family.