A lot of people consider spiders harmless and there are also equally many who are frightened of them. At first, you might think that a spider outside your yard is not necessarily a pest. But once it gets to the point that there are too many webs, it can get pretty annoying. There might also come a time that they start going inside your house. So, here’s a simple guide on how to get rid of spiders in your yard and prevent them from coming into your house.
Before anything else...
It is important to remember that it is simply natural for spiders to find their way to your yard. It is clear that leaves and plants are their natural habitats. Since they have an abundant supply of insects to feed on, it will be hard to keep them away from your plants. Before you think about completely removing them from your yard, consider the fact that they can help limit the presence of any destructive insects that can nibble through your plants.
Where they are usually found
If we’re talking about both your garden and inside your home, you will usually find that some species of spiders stay in dark and hidden areas. This is because they mainly wait for prey to get caught on their webs. They simply rely on the vibrations of their webs if they do catch any prey. You’ll also find some spiders out in your garden in the mornings simply because they are diurnal species, which means they are primarily active in daylight and they do not even stay in secluded spots.
There are also species of spiders that can be found in woody areas or around tall grass and flower beds. This is typically because spiders prefer areas that are cool and moist. In addition to that, there’s a good supply of insects they can eat. All in all, that’s why there can be a lot of spiders in your yard.
Getting rid of spiders
If you ever do decide on getting rid of spiders or at least controlling their population, here are some things you should consider.
- Use protective clothing
Some of the common spiders found in houses or yards are not necessarily dangerous to humans. Though some may have venom, they are not really life-threatening. Even so, it would still be a good idea to wear gloves when handling spiders. This is especially important if you don’t know the species of spiders you’re dealing with.
- Get rid of their hiding places
As said earlier, spiders prefer dark and secluded areas around your garden or home. If you want to get rid of spiders, make sure to trim overgrown plants and bushes. Try to remove things that can cause clutter and add unnecessary mess in your yard like unused piles of wood or dead leaves. Not only spiders but also other insects and pests will come if your yard is dirty or has too much overgrowth.
- Get rid of other insects
Another way to get rid of spiders is to eliminate their food sources. Spiders obviously won’t stay in places where they cannot get food. When gardening, for example, you can use a hose so that the water has pressure strong enough to wash away insect nests. Additionally, you should limit the usage of lights near your garden since many of the insects that spiders prey on are attracted to light. This is why you can find webs near light sources outside your home.
- Natural vs chemical control
One way to naturally stop spiders from coming into your home or staying in your garden is to have a eucalyptus tree. The scent of eucalyptus is said to repel not only spiders but also other pests like mosquitoes, cockroaches, silverfish and etc. The use of chemicals, on the other hand, can have clear advantages and disadvantages. Although pesticides can get the job done quickly, it can also have side effects on the plants or even humans if not used correctly. It is also more disadvantageous in the long term since the chemicals might not have a lasting effect and spiders can just come back in the future.
If you really want to use chemical pesticides, it would be better to have the professionals at PestDestroyer do the job for you. Not only that, we can help you come up with ways to remove and prevent spiders from staying in your garden for too long or coming into your home. So, if you’re still having trouble with spiders, gives us a call!