It’s that time of year again, the evenings are beginning to fade into the darkness that little bit earlier every day, there’s a familiar freshness in the air, and the leaves are taking on beautiful golden hues. Fall is a transitional season with Halloween being the main event, but for those with a spider phobia, it can be a scary time long before we get to the end of October!
While some people believe that spiders come into our homes in fall to find a warm place to hunker down for the winter, the truth is that we more than likely have eight-legged housemates all year round; they just become more active around this time of year because they need to find a mate. If the thought of this makes your skin crawl, never fear! Our spider removal experts at Genie Pest Control can come to your rescue. If you’re not absolutely petrified of spiders, you may be open to simply try to deter spiders from venturing out and about and becoming more active in your Omaha home. Here are some ways to make your home less attractive to spiders this fall season.
If you want to keep spiders from venturing inside your home, our team of spider removal experts at Genie Pest Control recommends sealing up any ways in which they or any other pests they might feed on can enter your home. Patch up any cracks and gaps around windows and doors, check your window and door screens for small tears and repair them.
By keeping your Omaha home clean and free from clutter, spiders will have fewer places to hide. Sweeping up any crumbs of food will also keep other pests away, which will keep spiders at bay. It’s a good idea to remove any cobwebs and clean in sheltered dark places like underneath kitchen units, the backs of cupboards and pantries, and behind the couch and other large items of furniture.
As well as cleaning inside your home it’s a good idea to keep the exterior spic and span too. By reducing the number of hiding places for spiders outside the home like garden waste bags and firewood piles, they are less likely to venture inside.
While spiders aren’t attracted to light themselves, many of the insects they feast on are, so it’s a good idea to keep outdoor lights switched off when you don’t need them.
Spray the corners and cracks in your Omaha home with a pesticide. You can use chemical pesticides or make our own natural deterrents by spraying peppermint, tea tree, citrus, or eucalyptus oils around your home. (hint: spiders don’t like the smells of these) Vinegar is thought to offend them as well. Diatomaceous earth, a powder made from fossils and very effective at keeping ants away, is also believed to kill spiders by cutting them when they walk over it.
If you tried all of these tips in your Omaha home and you still can’t keep spiders at bay, it’s time to contact a pest control team. We have the knowledge, equipment, and skills necessary to remove any unwanted creepy crawlies from your home. Two kinds of poisonous spiders are very common in Omaha – the black widow and the brown recluse – so if you see either of these in your Omaha home at any time, contact our spider removal experts immediately at 402-346-7810.