At Flick Pest Control, we have a love-hate relationship with spiders. These arachnids generally target insects, which can help reduce your overall pest population. In addition, most spiders are relatively harmless to people, making them more of a nuisance than a dangerous pest. On the other hand, it is not like you can make your home an inviting place for one type of spider without attracting multiple types of spiders, and some spider species in Australia can inflict some pretty nasty damage to a person. So, here are the steps that we take in our own homes to spider proof your backyard.
The Steps to Spider Proof Your Home
Obviously, as pest control professionals, our first step is to target spiders and other pests in both the home and the yard. Getting regular pest control services not only targets spiders but also targets the insects upon which they feed. Get rid of their food source and spiders are simply not going to want to stay in your yard. It is the single most effective way to reduce your spider population.
Of course, that is only one important step to take. Another critical step is to get rid of the dark and cozy hiding spots where spiders like to hide. Keep your flower beds clean, trim shrubs and trees, get rid of clutter and promptly dispose of debris. If you compose your waste, make sure and keep the lids on compost bins and trash
While getting rid of dark and cozy spaces is an important step, you do not want to go to the other extreme and light up your yard. Bugs are attracted to light and spiders are attracted to bugs. Any steps you take to keep insects out of your yard are also going to reduce the spider population.
DIY Spider Proof Methods
You can also take some natural steps to help reduce spiders in your yard and home. These are not 100% effective but can be used as part of a comprehensive spider control solution. Most spider species avoid eucalyptus, so planting it in your yard can be helpful. Cinnamon, garlic, rosemary, lemon, clove, cedar, peppermint, and lemon essential oils are all believed to be spider-deterrents.
Ready to take the first step to a spider-free home? Contact Flick today and schedule a pest control treatment for your property.
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