Moline House Spider Prevention Guide

Brown house spider crawling on a white surface.

Spiders - some are dangerous, like the infamous black widow or brown recluse. Most others may lurk in dark corners or build webs in windows, but they aren't, however, dangerous. Today, we're going to discuss the common house spiders. You may be wondering, are house spiders a threat to you and your family? The short answer is no, but you still may not want them sleuthing through your Moline house, especially in large numbers. 

House spiders are brownish in color with mottled white. They are technically venomous—as are all spiders—but pose no threat to humans. These arachnids may have fangs, but their bites will do little to harm humans, leaving only a red mark. Nevertheless, these invading pests can be disquieting invaders. The sight of a large house spider in your home can startle even the bravest of homeowners. What's more, a spider bite, no matter the species, can cause unpleasant symptoms. In sum, you should want all spiders out of your home.

What Attracts House Spiders To A Home?

Most spiders inadvertently invade your home but stay for food and water. If your home is a haven for insects, house spiders will be especially drawn to it. If you have a large insect population, you likely will develop a spider problem as well. For this reason, the benefits of controlling one infestation could be twofold. Additionally, house spiders are attracted to your home during the winter months. To evade the harsh weather, they may hide in some firewood and unintentionally hitchhike to your home. 

Where Do House Spiders Hide?

With an understanding of your home's allure to house spiders, you can now locate their hiding spots. Again, house spiders are attracted to your home as a potential source of food. However, unlike other pests, spiders don't infest human food. They would much prefer the food that skulks inside your home. Spiders consume the insects that infiltrate your home. You may find house spiders wherever other pests lurk. For example, they may hide in the kitchen, waiting to pounce on roaches as they feed on morsels of crumbs. They may ensnare a group of moths surrounding a source of light. 

Further, house spiders rely on water. You may find them sucking up the moisture near your plumbing. Usually, spiders prefer to live inconspicuously. They reside in dark, messy storage areas or under furniture. Many times, spiders enter your home in a stack of firewood or in an old box. They tend to hitchhike to your home along with storage materials. 

How To Prevent House Spiders From Entering Your Moline Home

Understanding the motives behind any pest problem is critical to preventing future infestations. With your newfound knowledge, you can now transition to actively preventing house spiders from encroaching. Here are a few tips to prevent house spiders from entering your home:

  • Declutter your home. Along with most pests, house spiders love clutter because it allows them to hide from you. Organize your storage area, reorganize cabinets, and keep clutter off the ground.

  • Seal any cracks, holes, or crevices to prevent entry into your home. 

  • Vacuum your carpet regularly to eliminate house spiders and other pests. The longer house spiders thrive in your home, the more they'll accumulate. Vacuum up any intruders to prevent the growth of an infestation. 

  • Mow your lawn routinely. Many pests, including house spiders, will gravitate to a home with high grass. 

  • You should limit the presence of outside light. Please turn off your porch lights when they're not needed. Outdoor lighting attracts insects, which, in turn, attracts house spiders. 

  • Inspect old boxes and firewood before bringing them into your home. 

  • Similarly, you should keep firewood at least 20 feet away from your home. 

Call Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators!

If you find a house spider infestation too cumbersome to remove, you should seek professional pest assistance, especially because their presence is likely a sign of a more significant pest problem. House spiders are mostly innocuous. Still, they frighten guests and bite homeowners. If you're dealing with a house spider infestation in your Moline home, the experts at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators have the experience and tools to get the job done right. We have year-round pest control options to control spiders and the insects they hunt. Reach out to us today to learn more!

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