To most people, there are few pests that are as scary to encounter in your home as a spider. Whether you’re scared of spiders or not, there’s no denying that it can be shocking to find them around. However, while many people worry that spiders are dangerous, the vast majority of spiders in Modesto, California are harmless.
However, while most spider species are considered nuisance pests, and in fact are beneficial in some ways as they prey on other insects around your property, this doesn’t mean you want to have them in your house. To help you keep spiders away from your property, we've put together a handy guide to help you identify and control these arachnids.
Guide To Common Modesto Spiders
Of the spiders in Modesto, there are a handful of species that are most likely to infest homes. This list includes wolf spiders, black widow spiders, house spiders, and long-bellied cellar spiders. Of these species, the only one that has venom powerful enough to harm a human is the black widow spider. Luckily, identifying a black widow spider is fairly easy as they are jet black with a red hourglass marking on their underbellies.
Wolf spiders are a rather large and intimidating spider as they can run quickly and have stout bodies. They are usually a mix of brown, black, and grey colors and patterning, but despite their appearance, they are harmless to people.
The common house spider is a light brown to tan color with long, thin legs that usually have striped markings. And lastly, the long-bellied cellar spider, often known as the daddy long-leg, is usually a yellow-brown color with, particularly long and spindly legs.
Six Ways To Prevent Spiders
The overall best place to start when it comes to spider prevention is to take steps to deter other pests. This is because spiders come inside of a house in search of their pest prey, so by addressing underlying pest issues, you can also prevent spiders. Here are six of the best ways to do so:
Remove clutter from your yard, garage, outbuildings, and inside your home.
As many pests are attracted to food sources, always keep your kitchen clean which includes cleaning up food and drinks spills and mopping floors regularly.
Lots of pests are also attracted to garbage, so make sure to take out the trash often and get lids for all trash cans.
Clean up any old webs around the property and inside of the home.
Fix any leaky pipes or faucets as humid environments allow many pests, including spiders, to thrive.
Store firewood at least 30 feet away from the exterior of your home.
A Few More Prevention Steps
After you’ve done what you can to address the things that attract spiders and their prey, you can now focus on sealing up entry points around your house that allow spiders to get inside. First of all, start by looking at doors and windows. Fix or replace any broken screens and install weather stripping and door sweeps.
Next, look around the home for any cracks or crevices in the walls or foundation. While it can be difficult to seal every one of these areas, try your best to fill up crevices with caulk or foam.
Assistance With Spider Prevention And Control
Finding any spider around your home is an unpleasant experience, and the best way to both prevent and remove spider infestations is through residential pest control with Insect IQ, Inc. We are a family-owned and operated company that provides affordable and eco-friendly services, and our pest programs will provide ongoing help to prevent spiders year-round.
To request your estimate today, or to learn more about our spider control options, contact us at (209) 353-9073.