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House Spiders Sneaking Into Arkansas Homes

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Fall is the time of year when many pests start to invade homes in order to find a warm place to overwinter. Spiders are a very common fall pest that homeowners in Arkansas have to deal with; one of the most widespread types of spiders in Arkansas that enter homes is the American house spider. Female house spiders are about 8mm in length and males are about half of that size at about 4mm in length. House spiders are brown or gray in color with long legs and darker colored markings along their bodies. American house spiders feed on insects like small flies, mosquitoes, and other small insects. Once inside of your home they will build webs in the corners of rooms, in closets, basements, attics, under furniture, or any areas where they feel safe and protected. If their current location and web is not catching prey they will abandon that web and find a new location in your home to build another web.

House spiders are not a poisonous species of spider and are not considered to be dangerous to humans. They are not aggressive but do have the ability to bite which may cause a very slight skin reaction in some people. Because of the house spiders reclusive nature they can be very difficult to locate and get rid of from your home; the best way to accomplish the task is with the help of an Arkansas pest control expert.

To keep spiders and other seasonal pests from invading your home and to eliminate current house pests, the Fayetteville pest control experts recommend a year round, routine pest control service. A year round home pest control service generally includes an initial inspection of your home and treatment, followed by scheduled quarterly treatments throughout the rest of the year to control pests that are bugging you now and prevent future problems.

As a homeowner you may be tempted to try and eliminate spiders on your own, however DIY treatments are often unsuccessful and if not used properly, can be dangerous to you and your family. But as a homeowner there are some very easy and successful preventative measures that you can do around your home to help prevent spiders and other pest from entering. Spider prevention tips include:

  • Trim back trees and shrubs from the exterior of your home to prevent spiders from having easy access.

  • Seal cracks that are in the foundation of your home.

  • Caulk gaps around windows and doors.

  • Keep clutter to a minimum in storage areas like closets, attics, and basements.

If you need help controlling spiders, be sure to contact McCauley Services today to inquire about a routine pest control service for your home in Little Rock, Fayetteville or surrounding Arkansas communities.