Have you noticed that you only see spiders creeping around in dark, secluded, and humid areas of your home, such as your bathroom, basement, or boiler room? If so, you already know quite a bit about how to prevent spiders. Certain conditions attract spiders and certain factors allow spiders to thrive in your home. You can significantly reduce spider activity and make it less likely for common spiders to enter your home if you address these attractants and factors. Join us as we look at common spiders in Nashville, why spider prevention is essential, and all-natural tips that help to control all types of spiders. If you have a fear of spiders, this article is a must-read. A little proactive maintenance and some ongoing effort can reduce spider sightings in your home to near zero. If that isn't enough and you want the best possible solution to get rid of spiders, jump to our contact page. CIMA Solutions offers spider pest control in Nashville. We can give the exterior of your home layers of protection that spiders will have difficulty getting past.
What Do Spiders In Nashville Look Like?
You likely know that spiders are six-legged bugs that come in various shapes and sizes. Most common house spiders are small. It is rare to find a big, hairy spider hanging about in a closet or the middle of your bedroom floor—though it can happen. The small size and low profile of spiders are critical features to consider. Here are a few reasons why.
- A flat spider can slip underneath a gap in a door sweep or squeeze past the weatherstripping around your exterior doors. They can get through tiny cracks in your foundation or gaps between wood members. You have to work hard to physically exclude these arachnids from entering your home.
- A small spider can get through a tiny gap in your baseboards, door frames, and windows. Once inside, common spiders can get around from room to room.
- Small spiders don't need much food. They can subsist on tiny gnats, ants, silverfish, and other insects. The tiniest of pest problems can inspire a common house spider problem.
- A droplet of water is more than enough for a tiny spider, so these spiders don't need to go outside to get a drink. They can also derive their water requirements from their food, particularly moisture pests.
When evaluating your spider prevention, it is also critical to consider large, hairy spiders. They're called wolf spiders and, among spiders, they're somewhat unique. Wolf spiders don't create webs to catch prey. They use their good eyesight to go hunting for prey. If you see a big wolf spider in your home, there are two things you can know for sure. That wolf spider has found a food source in your home. They go hunting where food is found. It doesn't make sense to hunt elsewhere. So, the first thing you can know is that you have other bugs inside your home. Wolf spiders eat bugs. The second thing you can know is that you have an entry point large enough for a big 'ol spider to get through. You'll need to consider those entry points as you work to prevent spider problems. The good news with wolf spiders is they don't want to live in your home. They go back outside where there are dirt holes to hide in and damp environments to acquire water to drink.
Another hunter spider that doesn't create webs to capture prey is the brown recluse spider. It is light brown and has a dark brown violin mark on its back. Brown recluse spiders are quite a bit different from wolf spiders, even though they're both hunters. Brown recluses are much smaller and can enter your home through minor entry points, as other common spiders do. Once inside, they are happy to stay inside your home permanently and grow a large population. That is bad. But it gets worse.
Are The Spiders Inside My Nashville Home Dangerous?
Common house spiders are generally benign. They're creepy and unwanted houseguests but present little or no threat to you. Even a big, fat, hairy wolf spider presents little threat. Wolf spiders are docile and rarely bite. The one spider to watch out for is the recluse. It has a venom with necrotic properties. While we recommend addressing brown recluse spiders as quickly as possible, we'd like to dispel a myth. We're often asked, "Are brown recluse spiders deadly?" The reason for this question is that most Nashville residents have seen gruesome pictures of brown recluse bite wounds. Can these spiders make wounds like these? Yes. But it is extremely rare. What is even rarer is dying from a brown recluse bite. The last recorded fatality from a brown recluse spider in the United States was in 2004. That is definitely a relief. But, as a successful indoor spider species that can create thousands of spiders in your home that present a risk to your health, we recommend contacting a professional to address these spiders.
Spider Prevention Tips Formulated For Nashville Homes
Now that you know more about Nashville spiders, what is the best way to get rid of spiders and prevent having spiders in your house? We've compiled a list of effective, all-natural spider control tips that address food sources, water, hiding places, reproduction, routes, and access. It is not a comprehensive list but, from it, you can develop a complete spider management strategy.
Water Sources: Water is a building block of life. This is why you sometimes catch spiders hanging out in your bathroom. But all creatures need water and for some water is more than something to drink. They need it for hydration. Addressing water removes an attractant that brings all bugs into your home, not just spiders. Here are some tips to address moisture.
- Repair faucets or showerheads that drip.
- Address that weepy garbage disposal you've been meaning to repair.
- Use the fan in your bathroom when you take a shower.
- Do you have a jetted tub? Refrain from leaving water in your tub.
- Install a dehumidifier to collect moisture from the air.
Hiding Places: Spiders don't generally hang out in the open. They prefer to create their webs in secluded and dusty spaces, which is why you mostly see spiders in the secluded and undisturbed areas of your home. You can reduce spider activity around the outside of hour home by removing webs and cleaning up dust or dirt. Along with this, clutter reduction is essential. Any object that provides a small pocket for a spider to create a web will attract spiders to the exterior of your home. Here are some examples:
- A kid's toy
- An old tire
- A cinder block
- Stacked wood and brush piles
- Piles of bricks or stone
- Junk piles
- Ground holes
Reproduction: Some spiders create webs, and some create egg sacs in their webs. An egg sac can contain hundreds of spiders. Therefore, spider web removal can have a big impact on spider populations indoors and outdoors. Here are some tips:
- Use a spider web removal tool to collect webs in and around your home.
- Attach your web removal tool to a long pole to reach webs under your roofline.
- Crush the egg sacs you find, or throw them into your backyard fire pit if you have one.
Routes: Spiders don't chew holes through building materials. The only reason a spider can get into your home is that it finds entry points. Once inside, the only way a spider can get around is by using tiny gaps and cracks. We've touched on this, but let's look at some of those trouble spots again.
- Gaps around exterior utilities
- Foundation cracks
- Gaps around exterior doors and windows
- Damaged screens and gaps around screen frames
- Gaps around the pipes under your kitchen and bathroom sinks
- Gaps in baseboards, door and window frames, crown molding, and cabinets
Spider Food: While last, this is the most important prevention tip. Why did we put it last? Because many of the methods used to deter spiders will also work to deter the insects and multi-legged invertebrates that spiders eat. Here are a few targeted control methods for non-arachnid pests.
- Replace exterior white lights with lights that cast light in the yellow spectrum, or keep lights off at night.
- Draw curtains at night.
- Clean your gutters to prevent a damp perimeter.
- Manage your landscaping to keep it dry, such as removing weeds, trimming vegetation, and watering in the morning.
- Get your trash to the curb weekly and address any odors that develop in your trash cans.
- Keep exterior trash receptacles away from entry doors.
- Pick up dog waste in your yard if you have a furry family member.
- Manage your indoor trash.
- Keep your home clean and free of food debris.
It's a lot of work, but it is work that pays for itself. In most cases, these tips are all you'll need to maintain a pest-free home. If more spider control is needed, or you want the best control possible, control products are needed.
The Secret To Total Spider Control In Nashville
A licensed pest control service provider offers the best control for spiders and other pests. They install a liquid barrier around your home, perform spot treatments to reduce pest activity, and target pests with baits. Pest control is a science that requires training and experience to apply effectively. Are you in Nashville? If so, contact CIMA Solutions for year-round pest control service. We are your local Nashville pest control experts. We know Nashville spiders.