Houseplants have exploded in popularity. People are spending more time at home than ever before and picking up new hobbies and skills. The houseplant trend took social media by storm, with large communities on every major platform and a new type of influencer known as the “plantfluencer”.
The benefits of houseplants include stress reduction and cleaner air. However, having plants in the home can pose the risk of attracting pests. Spiders are a very common household pest. While some people find them to be a small nuisance, others find them terrifying.
How Dangerous Are Spiders?
Perhaps the most popular venomous spider is the black widow, identifiable by its black color and a red hourglass shape on her underside.
The National Geographic reports that only a few out of the known 40,000 species of spiders can actually harm humans. A 2014 study in the Journal of Medical Entomology shows the “vast majority” of spiders found in fruits are harmless.
If you come across a spider, do not panic, but at the same time, exercise caution. It is better to be safe than sorry. Do not touch the spider and call your local pest control immediately. In the case of an emergency, dial 911.
How Do Spiders Get Into The Home?
Spiders may crawl into your home when it gets too hot or too cold outside. Extreme weather conditions can lead spiders to seek refuge inside of your home, getting in through windows, doors, holes, the smallest of cracks, or any open space. They are especially active during mating season and may lay eggs in items you bring indoors. Food, especially fruits, and water can attract spiders into your home. They like to be in moist environments, which is why you will most commonly find webs in your bathroom or basement.
Spider Repellent and Traps
Essential oils, especially peppermint oil, are a highly effective form of natural spider repellant. Fill a spray bottle with cold water and fifteen to twenty drops of peppermint oil and shake it and then spray onto floors, corners, cracks, and window frames.
Nonetheless, spiders can still find their way in. Non-toxic sticky traps are an easy way to trap spiders. Leave the sticky trap in common crawl spaces, and once they crawl onto it, they will get stuck by the adhesive.
Spider Pest Control
It is best to call professional pest control services if you see or suspect a spider infestation. Even if a spider is not venomous, they may weave unsightly spider webs around your house, or find a mate to lay and hatch eggs with. A spider colony can be very uncomfortable and even unhygienic to live with.
Natural Science Exterminating is a family owned business in Orange County with decades of pest control experience. We offer both natural and traditional treatments to spiders, bees, termites, rats, and other pests. In the event that a spider or pest is threatening your health, family, or property, we are available for emergency pest control. You can count us to remove spiders from your home safely and effectively.
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