July 26, 2012
This summer has been a hot one throughout the country and right here in Little Rock and Arkansas. And as summer has set in, here at McCauley Services we’ve seen an increase in insect activity. Not only are mosquitoes and common household pests annoying, they also attract spiders! While the spiders in Arkansas could be considered helpful in that they like to consume other insects, they are generally not a welcome sight inside homes and in some cases are a scary sight for those who fear arachnids (we’re not judging!). The best way to avoid any run-ins with spiders this summer is to learn how to prevent them from getting into your home in the first place.
In order to keep the spiders outside of your home, try following these spider prevention tips:
Seal off all entry points including small cracks and crevices on the exterior of the home
Be sure all open windows are secured with screens that contain no holes or tears.
Trim back any overhanging trees or shrubs so they do not touch the side of the home or roof.
Remove clutter and debris from the inside of your home where spiders can hide. Keep your unused belongings stored in bins with lids so that you do not grab an old shirt or pair of shoes with a spider hiding inside. This disturbance could cause them to bite.
Try to keep your kitchen clean of any crumbs or spills that could attract other insects. Remember spiders view other insects as food.
If you are seeing spiders and their webs around your home either on the exterior, in the garage, basement, attic, or other areas, it is important to have your local AR pest control professionals identify which species of spider you have and then remove the spiders and their unsightly webs.
One last note on spiders, there are species in our state that are poisonous including the black widow and brown recluse spider. Although they are not aggressive by nature they can bite if they feel threatened which is again why spider prevention is the best way to avoid them!