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Spider Guide for Hartford Residents

We have quite a variety of spider species in Hartford. Fortunately, none of the common spiders in our region are considered a medical threat. But some can deliver a painful bite that will make you regret running into them. Others can leave itchy wounds on your skin at night while you're sleeping. It's nice to not have spiders around. Here is a helpful guide for keeping spiders out of your Hartford home.

1. Remove Spider Webs

The reasons spiders get into your home is that they accidentally find their way in through gaps and cracks in your exterior. The more spiders you have crawling around on the outside of your Hartford home, the more spiders you're going to see on the inside. One of the biggest reasons you have lots of spiders around your home is that you probably don't get rid of webs as quickly as you should. Why is it important to get rid of webs? Because a single web can have 300 spiders living on it! Not adult spiders, unborn spiders living inside eggs, wrapped inside an egg sac. You can stop those spiders by removing webs. Some webs can be easily addressed as they are near the ground. But some webs are high on your home, underneath your roofline. You'll need a long pole with a dewebbing tool attached to the top, or you can obtain year-round pest control service for your home which comes with dewebbing.

2. Reduce Attractants Around Your Home

If you have lots of spiders around your Hartford home, it could be that you have attractants. When you reduce the things that attract spiders, you reduce the number of spiders near your home. That, in turn, will reduce the number of spiders inside.

Moisture — Spiders are drawn to moist habitats because they like to stay moist. But they also eat pests that live in moist environments. Taking steps to create a dry perimeter around your home can have a big impact on a large number of pests. A few tips we often suggest are to:

  • Clean and fix gutters.

  • Fix plumbing leaks.

  • Trim tree canopy to let the sun in.

  • Remove unnecessary plants from your landscaping.

  • Water your plants in the early morning.

  • Alter conditions that allow for the capture of rainwater.

Light — Spiders eat insects, and many insects are attracted to light. If you have lots of lights on at night, you'll have more trouble with spiders.

  • Turn exterior lights off in locations where it isn't a security concern.

  • Replace white lights with yellow lights.

  • Keep your shades drawn and your blinds closed at night.

Trash — Many insects are attracted to the scent of garbage. If you have a stinky trash receptacle, you'll have more insects and spiders. Keep your trash receptacles clean and make sure you remove trash from your property weekly.

Voids — Some spiders like to hide in objects that have a void. You've probably seen a web in a cinder block, discarded tire, or the socket of a swing set. These are common voids where spiders tend to establish themselves.

  • Remove items from your yard that don't need to be there.

  • Move woodpiles away from your exterior.

  • Pick up toys left by your kids.

  • Fill ground holes in.

3. Make It Harder For Spiders To Get In

While you can't completely exclude spiders from your home, you can deter them by reducing easily accessible entry points. A spider can get into your home through entry points close to the ground and all the way to the top of your chimney.

  • Seal openings around doors and windows.

  • Fix screens.

  • Seal gaps around pipes and other objects that pass through your foundation walls.

  • If you have a chimney, consider installing a cap.

  • Trim vegetation away from your exterior.

4. Professional Treatments

Once you do what you can, or long before you do anything, a pest-management professional can help. The routine treatments provided in a residential pest control plan reduces insects around your home and deters spider activity. So, along with dewebbing, you get targeted treatments of EPA-approved products to make your home a spider-free zone.

If you like the sound of that, reach out to us. We'd love to guide you in selecting the right plan for your Hartford home. Connect with us today.

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