Why Spiders Like To Invade San Diego Homes

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How many legs does a creature need to be a pest? Two? Four? Eight? Sometimes even two-legged creatures are pests. (We are talking about birds of course, but that is beside the point.) We believe that eight legs make for the worst pests. Why? Because spiders have eight legs and no one likes spiders. These pests build webs at face level on outdoor walking paths, hide inside storage boxes waiting to scare people, and are sometimes incredibly dangerous. If you are looking for ways to keep spiders out of your San Diego home, here are some things to think about today.

Characteristics Of Common Spiders

There are lots of things you should know about spiders. The first is that there are many types of spiders in San Diego, and each looks a little different. What all spiders have in common is their eight legs, fused head and thorax, and predatory nature. In San Diego, there are two main types of spiders, ground spiders, and web spiders. Ground spiders hunt for their prey from the ground and use tight spaces as hiding places. Some common area ground spiders are wolf spiders, brown recluses, and daddy long legs. Web spiders build intricate nests in the corners of rooms, between trees, and in other common areas where other bugs travel. Some common web spiders in our area are orb weaver spiders, house spiders, and black widows. 

What It Means If You're Seeing Spiders In Your Home

There is only one thing you can know for certain if you are seeing spiders inside your home: your home has weaknesses. This is to say, your home’s exterior is not properly sealed. The main reason spiders are found inside homes is because they wandered indoors. The second most common reason is that they are hunting or setting up webs to catch their prey. During colder, hotter, or more stormy times of the year, insect pests invade local dwellings. This tends to draw in spiders. 

Six Eco-Friendly Spider-Prevention Tips For Around The House

In order to prevent spiders, you have to eliminate entry points around your home and reduce factors that draw in pests in general. This can be done with a few simple DIY strategies. Here are six eco-friendly spider control options to use around your home today:

  1. Use some silicone caulk and a caulking gun to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
  2. Make sure all of your window/door screens are in good repair and installed properly.
  3. Install door sweeps under all of your exterior doors.
  4. Turn off exterior lights at night or replace bulbs with yellow bulbs that are insect resistant.
  5. Remove debris, pick up trash, and reduce clutter in and around your home.
  6. Keep your living areas as clean as possible and keep up with general house chores like dishes, sweeping, and wiping down countertops.

Professional Pest Control Is A Great Way To Keep Spiders Out

Now that you know more about common spiders in San Diego, let’s talk about one guaranteed solution to get and keep these pests out of your home. At Habitat Protection, we offer comprehensive year-round services to aid locals in combating pest problems. To start, let one of our team members pay your property a visit to perform a detailed pest inspection. This service will help us assess pest pressures and form a plan of action to address your individual pest problems. Whether you are afraid of spiders or just looking for a way to keep pests out, in general, we have what you need.

Call today to schedule your home for a service visit and find out why Habitat Protection is your absolute best option for pest control in San Diego.

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