How To Keep Spiders Out Of Your San Diego Home

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No matter where you live, spiders will always be a problem. The only place these pests aren’t prevalent is in Antarctica, but let’s be honest, no one is moving that far south just to avoid spiders. If you hate or have a fear of spiders and have no desire to move to the frozen tundra, we are here to help. This is everything you should know about the spiders in San Diego and how to keep these eight-legged pests out of your home.

The Life Cycle Of Common Spiders

San Diego is home to many different types of spiders. Most spiders that live in our area prefer to live out in nature and only enter homes by wandering in by accident. That said, there are a few kinds of spiders that come inside more frequently. The most common of these are house spiders, cellar spiders, and wolf spiders. All three of these invasive arachnids come inside to find shelter and to hunt for food, but they have very different life cycles. Some spiders carry their egg sacs on their back until they hatch, others stick them to the sides of doorways and other secluded areas indoors. Most spider species lay hundreds of eggs at a time. These eggs take anywhere from two to three weeks to hatch. To avoid hundreds of baby spiders inside your San Diego home, we highly recommend putting in place some form of protection whether it is DIY or professional.

Some Spiders Are More Dangerous Than Others

There are two medically dangerous spiders in San Diego: the brown recluse spider and the black widow spider. Although not considered to be common home invaders, both of these arachnids come indoors from time to time. Identify a brown recluse spider by its small brown body and the backward, violin-shaped mark behind its head. Identify a black widow by its large black body, bulbous abdomen, and the red hourglass mark on its underside. A brown recluse's sting always involves moderate to severe pain and a deep necrotic ulcer that forms around the bite. Other possible symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, joint pain, weakness, headache, sweating, breathing difficulties, and seizures/coma (rare). A black widow bite does not include necrosis but is equally, if not more, painful. Symptoms of a black widow bite can include muscle pain/stiffness, breathing difficulties, nausea, swelling, weakness, restlessness, numbness, and neurological problems. If you have been bitten by either of these spiders, seek medical attention immediately to reduce symptoms.

Six Eco-Friendly Spider-Prevention Tips For Around Your Home

Now that you know more about common spiders in San Diego, let’s talk about how to keep these pests out of your home. To start, here are six eco-friendly pest control options that you can do yourself.

  1. Keep your home clean and tidy.
  2. Use a long broom to knock down webs around your home’s exterior.
  3. Seal holes, cracks, and gaps in your home’s foundation.
  4. Repair damage to window/door screens.
  5. Make sure all of your exterior doors have high-quality door sweeps.
  6. Turn off exterior lights at night to deter the pests spiders invade to hunt.

How Professional Pest Control Keeps Spiders Away

There is only one guaranteed option that keeps spiders out year-round, it involves hiring a professional. For pest control in San Diego that you can trust, look no further than Habitat Protection. Our team specializes in pest identification, eliminating, and prevention services and we would be happy to assist you with all of your spider control needs.

Call now to schedule your San Diego home for a detailed service visit and find freedom from invasive and sometimes dangerous spiders.

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