What Maryland Property Owners Ought To Know About Effective Spider Control
August 14, 2020
Whether you’re an outright arachnophobe or you just hate walking through webs, invasive spiders are common pests for Maryland property owners. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ward off spiders and the other pests they feed on.
Common Invasive Spiders
Most spiders you’re likely to run into aren’t dangerous to you or your loved ones. Rather, they are mostly considered to be nuisance pests, since they generally don’t bite and most don’t carry strong enough venom to really cause harm if they do happen to bite. However, some spiders have far deadlier bites. Knowing how to keep spiders of all shapes and sizes off of your property will ensure you never have to learn the difference between them:
Common house spiders: This category actually contains hundreds of varieties of invasive spiders, but these generally docile pests are the least concerning. They are typically small in size and brown in coloration.
Black widows: Probably the most iconic of the dangerous spider species, the black widow is identifiable by the crimson hourglass shape on its belly.
Brown recluse: Considered even deadlier than a black widow, the long-legged brown recluse has a bite that can cause necrosis (skin rot) and other serious symptoms.
How Did Your Property Get Spiders?
Unlike other pests, spiders don’t care about the food in your fridge and cupboards. Instead, they are driven inside in search of other bugs that they can hunt. So a spider infestation is a sign of a much larger pest problem. It’s important to know what things might make your home more attractive to spiders or other pests:
Cracks & holes: Bugs can crawl through tiny little cracks or holes in a structure. Regularly check for and fix any of these imperfections around the exterior of your property.
Foliage: Overhanging tree limbs, encroaching bushes and soil beds that run along the side of a structure can all be major attractants for bugs. Keep plants trimmed down and consider moving flowerbeds and decorative shrubs away from your home or business.
Wood & debris: Spiders love to nest in woody areas, so firewood or yard debris that’s stored too close to a structure can provide nearby nesting grounds for spiders looking to venture inside for prey.
Spider Prevention Tips
Spider prevention is really about total pest prevention. Spiders invade because their food already has, so taking the following steps to keep all kinds of pests at bay is crucial:
Food & trash: Not only should you store these items in sturdy bins and bags, but you should frequently deep clean for crumbs and traces that might attract foraging insects.
Moisture control: Bugs like wet, humid areas, so moisture control is a big part of pest prevention. Address spills and leaks quickly, plus make sure you have good ventilation in the damper areas of your property.
Windows & doors: Faulty window screens and improperly fitting doors are common areas of access for spiders and the bugs they prey on. Maintain these areas and consider installing new screens, sweeps, and/or weather stripping to better secure them.
For Complete Control, Call Royal Greens
No matter how prepared you are, pest populations can move in and remain undetected for weeks -- time that allows their numbers to grow and attract spiders or other more dangerous pests inside. Rather than go it alone, the best thing you can do is enlist the help of your local pest professionals. At Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care, we can inspect your property for early warning signs or evidence of a full-blown infestation. Whether you need fast, effective elimination or just want seasonal treatments that will help you defend against invasive pests, year-round, you can trust our experts. If you spot spiders on your Maryland property, contact Royal Greens right away.