House Spiders In The Bay Area: Keeping Them Out Of Your Home

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When you find spiders in your house, you shouldn't be surprised. We have quite a variety of spiders in the Bay Area and some of them have no trouble living in our homes with us - in fact, they like it. Many of these common house spiders live in voids, attics, and storage areas, and come out every once in a while to scare you half to death or creep you out. Some have no trouble living in plain view.

Let's take a look at a few of the types of spiders you might find in your Bay Area home, what it means when you see lots of spiders, and what you can do to get rid of spiders. If you need immediate assistance with pest control in the Bay Area and you don't have time to read an article about spider prevention and control, you can reach out to us here at Bay Pest Solution Inc through our contact page.

The Types Of Spiders You May Find In Your Bay Area Home

We have a surprising variety of spiders in the bay area. Most are outdoor spiders. You'll find them in your yard, but never in your home. A small group of outdoor spiders will get inside, but they don't stay long. Wolf spiders, tarantulas, and black widow spiders are an example of spiders that would much rather be outside. The common house spiders that drive you crazy in your home are spiders that do well inside structures, like the American house spider, the jumping spider, or the daddy longlegs spider.

What It Means If You're Seeing Spiders In Your Bay Area Home

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When you see a spider in your house, it is likely to mean you have a food source in your home. Almost all spiders eat insects and bugs, and pest problems often lead to spider problems. If you see an outdoor spider in your house, it is likely to mean something more. Here are a few factors to consider:

  • A big, hairy spider is going to need a big hole in order to get in your home. You should seal whatever hole that spider used to get inside. Check around your utilities and examine your exterior doors. These are common trouble spots.
  • If you find an outdoor spider, it may mean you have a moisture problem. These spiders prefer damp environments. Inspect your home for dampness and wood rot.
  • If you have outdoor spiders inside, it could be that you have a lot of vegetation on, or near, the exterior of your home. This can increase the chance of accidental entry.

Easy & Effective Spider Prevention Tips For Bay Area Homes

Now that you know a little about spiders in the Bay Area and why they get into homes, let's talk about how to get rid of them. Use these prevention tips to manage spiders:

  • Remove webs to get rid of eggs sacs that could have hundreds of eggs in them. When you remove webs, two important things happen. You let spiders know that your property isn't a safe place to create a web and you may potentially remove hundreds of eggs. A single egg sac can have 400 eggs in it.
  • Reduce insects near your home to reduce the food source that attracts spiders. When you keep trash in sealed containers, replace exterior white lights with yellow lights, stay on top of pest waste clean-up, reduce moisture, and perform other routine pest maintenance, you have the side benefit of reducing spiders. 
  • Remove objects near your home that spiders can hide inside or underneath. Spiders have a particular attraction to organic debris, so focus on keeping leaves, sticks, scrap wood, and other organic debris picked up.
  • Reduce vegetation in your landscape. Dense vegetation traps moisture, promotes plant disease, and increases insect activity.
  • Clean and repair your gutters to reduce moisture near your home. It is amazing how this one little step can drastically impact pest populations around a home.
  • Seal entry points in your exterior. Use a caulking gun to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks. Inspect your exterior doors and replace weatherstripping, door sweeps, frames, and screens that are getting old. Inspect around your utilities. These can have gaps that are large enough to easily allow insects, bugs, and spiders into your home.

The Most Effective Spider Control For Bay Area Homes

Are spiders in the Bay Area creating a problem for you? The best solution for spider control is ongoing pest control for your home. We'd love to talk with you about how investing in a pest control program can get rid of spiders and address the other pests that spiders come into your yard (or into your home) to eat. Reach out to Bay Pest Solution Inc today for assistance.

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