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Keeping the Pests Where They Belong Where do ants, cockroaches, and mice have in common? They are all pests that belong inside, but that love to venture inside your home. If you do see them inside, you need to take action fast — because this is not where they should be! Pests are not just a nuisance. They can spread disease, destroy your insulation and other building materials, and leave nasty smells behind. Every homeowner should know the basics about pest control. Yes, you can call in a professional as needed, but knowing the basics will still help you keep the pests outside where they belong. You can learn those basics right here on this blog.



2 Tips For Reducing The Number Of Spiders In Your Home

If you or one of your family members is extremely allergic to spiders, you may worry about having the arachnids making your house into their home. While it can be difficult to deter all of the spiders without professional assistance, there are a couple of things that you can do to help keep them from wanting to make your house into their new home.

1.  Keep Undisturbed Areas in Your House to a Minimum

When most spiders are looking for a place in which to spin their web or to hide, they typically search out areas that are stable. If you have undisturbed areas in your house, such as piles of clutter or cabinets that you rarely go into, the spiders may see these places as ideal for their new homes.

One thing you can do to counteract this problem is to keep such undisturbed areas to a minimum. Clean up any cluttered areas, and do not allow the clutter to accumulate again. 

Also, at least once a week, open up closets and cabinets that you usually forget about, and move things around a little bit. You can also use a broom on the upper and lower corners of each room to create a disturbance, as these areas are prime locations for cobwebs that could be viewed by the spiders as precursors to their own webs.

2.  Spray Potential Entry Points with Vinegar and Water

Just like most living things, spiders are averse to strong odors that they find displeasing. To use this to your advantage, mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and spray it on any potential entry points for the spiders, such as around doors and windows as well as under your sinks.

The strong smell of the vinegar will repel the spiders' sensibilities, and they will be less likely to even enter your house. However, if the odor also repels you, you can also add a few drops of peppermint oil, which not only makes the solution smell better to you but it also adds more repellent since spiders cannot stand the smell.

While using the above tips can help to dissuade spiders from making your house their home, it may not be enough to fully control the population, especially during the late fall or unusually hot or cold temperatures. If you are worried about the number of spiders that are appearing in your house, contact a pest control company that offers spider control services to discuss your options. 

To learn more about spider control, reach out to a company like Godfather's Exterminating, Inc.