Eureka's Step-By-Step Spider Control Guide

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Our beautiful untamed coastline can certainly move the soul. The mountains and valleys of the Eureka area are breathtaking as they meander down to the water’s edge and capture the hearts of artists and nature lovers. That is, until a brown recluse spider crawls across your body. Then all bets are off, buddy! It’s time to call in the muscle. Accurate Termite & Pest Solutions have got you covered.

Spiders Common To Northern California

There are more than 45,000 known species of spiders worldwide. They come in varied sizes and colors, but the same body type. Their webs can also be different depending on the habitat, and desired prey. In Humboldt County, we have several that can be quite nasty, but most spiders are just an unwelcome nuisance.

  • Black widow spider - Aggressive. This spider is well known for its markings. They can be found in many places, but woodpiles, garages, and sheds are among their favorites. The female has venom that is 15 times more powerful than a rattlesnake; if bit contact a doctor immediately.

  • Daddy Long Legs - Nonaggressive. They are not harmful to humans, because their fangs cannot puncture our skin. However, they are poisonous, and could potentially be harmful to your pets. Also, where there is one, you will find many more.

  • Hobo spider - Nonaggressive, unless cornered. They are venomous, but not life-threatening. If bitten, consider contacting a doctor.

  • Brown recluse - Nonaggressive unless disturbed. Violin-shaped marking on back. Hides in dark in out-of-the-way places. Venom is very dangerous, contact a doctor immediately

If you are bitten by a spider, please do your best to catch it. This makes it much easier for the doctor to identify the toxin. For the most part, spiders prefer to eat moths, flies, mosquitos, and sometimes other spiders.

Is Your Home A Spider's Favorite Restaurant?

Flying pests tend to find a way into even the most secure homes, and a spider’s instincts will lead them to spin webs where there is a high probability of catching a steady flow of prey. So, taking action to keep flying insects out of your home is the first logical step in spider prevention. Here are some ideas:

  • Check window screens for holes, rips, or bent frames.

  • Fill holes and cracks around outside of the house.

  • Empty garbage frequently.

  • Keep outdoor garbage cans away from the house.

  • Be sure that food is in airtight plastic containers.

  • Insulate pipes to avoid condensation.

Eliminating the food source will definitely aid you in your objective. It’s wise to continue these practices even when you do not encounter spiders in the home. They will go a long way to keep a pest-free environment.

How To Keep Them Away

If you don’t take preventative steps to control the spider population, then you are acting as a welcoming Maitre d’ at the Restaurante Maison des Mouches (flies). And nobody has time for that!

  • Frequent de-webbing is probably the most effective, and quickest, way to deter the spider’s attempt to take up residence.

  • Keeping a clean and tidy home that is clutter-free is a definite help. Spiders dislike the smell of bleach or white vinegar.

  • The use of essential oils near suspected entry points makes your home far less inviting. Peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus oils are recommended.

  • Check the underside of furniture and dressers for egg sacs. Remove them carefully if you find any.

  • Be sure that your door sweeps are in good repair.

While all of these practices can be helpful in deterring spiders from taking up residence in your home, they work best when they’re combined with the help of pest experts.

Bring In The Muscle!

Accurate Termite & Pest Solutions is a family-owned and operated business, located in Fortuna. We offer a Pest-Free Guarantee, Free Pest Inspections, 24-Hour Emergency Services, and are QualityPro Certified. We are the fastest-growing pest control company in the area, and would be happy to be your muscle. Call today for a free spider elimination quote.