“I take my hat off to you — or I would if I were not afraid of showering you in spiders.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter, and the Half-Blood Prince
Spiders are a common arachnid that inhabits both human settlement dwellings and natural environments like forests, agricultural grazing lands, and open savannah-type fields.
They fulfill a fundamental role in the hierarchical structure of the ecosystem and weave sticky webs across pathways and between the tree and plant leaves, for example, which are designed to trap insects below them in the ecosystem hierarchy like the different types of flies. This keeps the population of insects under control.
If all the spiders in the world were destroyed, their fundamental role and function would no longer exist causing the hierarchical structure to collapse and the insect populations that they eat to spiral out of control.
However, it is not such a good idea to allow an infestation of spiders, especially poisonous spiders like the Black Widow Spider to develop inside the buildings that make up your residence.
However, let’s assume for the purpose of this article, you have just moved into a new residence and their previous tenants or owners allowed the local spider population to move into your home. It goes without saying that this infestation needs to be removed, and measures need to be put into place to ensure that spiders do not move back inside.
Ways to remove and prevent the spider infestation from reoccurring
Therefore, the questions that must be asked and answered are as follows:
- How do you remove the multitude of spiders crawling all over and spinning webs in your new home?
- How do you prevent a new infestation from occurring?
The straightforward answer to the first question or topic is to hire the local spider exterminator to remove all the spiders in your home.
The answer to the second question is not as simple. Thus, here are a few tips to help you prevent the reoccurrence of the aforementioned spider infestation:
Make sure the external structures of your home are well-maintained.
The best way to keep spiders out of your house is to make sure that there are no holes in insect screens, the external walls, and foundations. Also, make sure that the windows and doors are properly fitted so that there are no gaps between the door or window and its frame.
In summary, you need to make sure that there are no dark, warm crevices that will encourage spiders to move inside from the outside.
Clean up your yard
The most successful method to keep spiders out of your home is to keep them out of your yard. And, in a similar vein, it’s important to remove the possible living spaces that will encourage spiders to move in. Therefore, it’s vital to rake up all the leaves, grass cuttings, and broken tree branches lying on your lawn and around the yard and dispose of them properly.
Finally, it is essential to take cognizance of the fact that keeping pests out of your living environment is not a once-off venture. It requires consistent and regular maintenance to make sure that your home and yard are kept free from the aspects listed above that attract the pests in the first place.