What You Need to Know about Spiders in the Portland Area
Spiders can look creepy, scary, and in many parts of the country they can be dangerous. Fortunately, we don’t get dangerous spiders in the greater Portland metro area, so safety is typically not an issue with spiders here. However, spiders can still be a disruption to our daily lives, especially if you have a full infestation.
Spiders are a tricky pest to get rid of for several reasons. They don’t follow the same patterns other pests do of eating human food, and they do not live in groups or colonies. Spiders’ body shape pulls the main portion of their bodies of the surface they walk on, so getting them to contact any sort of product is a challenge. With that said, there are steps you can take to reduce spider activity in your home.
Vacuum them Up
Go around your home and vacuum not only the floors, but also the cracks and crevices. Use a narrow attachment piece to get dust, cobwebs, and spiders out of all the tiny corners of your home. This will kill them instantly.
Eliminate their Food
Spiders feed on flies and other small insects, including ants. If you can eliminate the small insects from your home you will see a reduction in spider population as well. Tiny black odorous house ants are extremely common in the Portland area and notoriously difficult to eliminate, so if you have these it may be best to get professional help. Keep in mind that since spiders eat other small pests, spiders actually can be very beneficial. They can help keep populations of other small pests around your home or garden down without any work on your part.
Get them One at a Time
When you see a spider, the best course of action is to take care of it right then and there. Either squish it, step on it, or let it outside. If you prefer to keep the spider alive it’s easy to grab a paper or index card, slide the spider onto it, and keep it sealed with a cup while you get it outside your home. in the Portland area are not typically a full-blown infestation, so treatment is often not needed if you can handle getting rid of a few spiders on your own.
Don’t Let them In
If you have spiders in your home, they are somehow finding their way inside. Spiders make their way into homes through small cracks and crevices, which can include broken window screens, vents that aren’t properly sealed, door frames with room for entry, or any small crevice. Take inventory of these spots around your home and make some simple repairs, and you’ll likely start to see less spiders.
What if You Still Have Spiders
If you have tried these steps and are still seeing spiders on a regular basis, you might want to find out about professional spider treatment. It’s important to understand that a professional spider treatment is not all about the products being put down. The service should entail the trained professional inspecting your home, making recommendations as to how you can change the environment in or around your home to cut down on spider activity, and then applying products in the most effective way. Please keep in mind that even a professional spider treatment cannot make your home 100% spider free. Seeing a spider here and there is normal, but professional spider treatment is a good option if you have a full-blown infestation.
Interested in learning how you can reduce spider activity around your home? Give Halt Pest Control a call at (503) 524-8548 today. We’re ready to help!