Spiders have roamed this Earth since the time of the dinosaurs. They are truly prehistoric and ancient creatures.
Regardless of their size, they can creep around relatively unnoticed, which means it’s very likely that they’ve found their way into your home before. They’re looking for food and shelter, and people’s houses meet spider’s needs to a tee. Most homeowners expect to see a spider in their home from time to time, but if you’re seeing them with increasing frequency, you may be wondering if you have a spider infestation on your hands. Here are some signs that you have a big problem and ways to address it.
1. Egg Sacs
Finding egg sacs is a sure sign that you have an infestation. Spider egg sacs contain hundreds of baby spiders. A mother spider will lay her eggs and then wrap them in silk to protect them. If you happen upon a little ball of spider silk, get rid of it immediately. Once it hatches, the spiders will disperse and continue to proliferate. If you find egg sacs you’ll want to call residential pest control right away.
2. An Increasing Amount of Spiders
When you start to notice more and more spiders, there is likely an infestation present. It’s normal to find bugs in your home from time to time. Insects and arachnids are some of the oldest species on the Earth. There are plenty of ways for them to get inside, but there is cause for alarm if you are seeing increased activity you’ll need to incorporate some remediation measures or call a professional. Your home doesn’t have to be their home too.
3. Increased Moisture
Spiders prefer a moist habitat for nesting. That’s why attics and basements are a favorite haunt for them. Products like Damp Rid can help remove some of the moisture and make your home less hospitable. Being a home to nesting spiders means that there will be more to come.
Sometimes you won’t see the spiders. They’re very good at staying out of sight. But you may notice an increase in webs around your home. When you find a cobweb, whether there’s a spider present or not, it’s a good idea to clear them out. If you’re finding multiple styles of webs, you’re likely dealing with several spider species.
5. Cracks and Holes
Spiders like to set up house in cracks, crevices, and holes. If your home has a lot of moisture, there are probably small fissures for spiders to build their webs. Sometimes they’re not visible because they’re in the attic or inside of the walls. Sealing up holes and gaps can deter spiders because there’s no suitable habitat available.
6. An Increase in Insects
Mosquitos, moths, and flies are a spider’s preferred dining choice. If you find that more flying insects are making their way into your home, chances are that the spiders noticed too. They will instinctively follow their food source. Patching holey screens and other entry points will decrease the food source and discourage the spiders.
7. Sudden Bites
This indication is very unpleasant. Spiders can be poisonous and toxic, but most of them are not. Their bite is just as unpleasant as a mosquito bite for most people. Spiders typically build their webs in areas that don’t see heavy traffic, and they usually bite when they feel threatened. If you put your hand in a low-trafficked corner, crack, hole, or crevice you may get bitten. Likewise, if you find yourself with unexplained bites while you sleep, you may have an infestation.
A spider infestation is not a problem you want to have. There are things you can buy at a local hardware store to help with the problem and there are pest control specialists who can help. Your home is yours and it can stay that way if you take the proper steps to stave off spider infestations.
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