Five Effective Spider Prevention Tips For Miami-Dade County Homes
May 14, 2021
Spiders are strange creatures. Most are terrifying to look at, some could be classified as cute, and all of them seem like they could be dangerous. The thing is, it doesn’t matter if a spider is dangerous, cute, or terrifying, these pests are simply no good around homes. To help you fight back against these problematic arachnids around your Miami-Dade County property, here are five effective spider prevention tips you should know.
Tip Number One: Learn About Spiders
Before talking about spider prevention, it is important that we first discuss spiders themselves, and more specifically the spiders that are local to Miami-Dade County. To make things simpler here is a basic description of the most common home-invading spiders around our area.
Size: ¼ to 1 ⅜ inches long
Color: Dark brown
Shape: Large body and abdomen, long legs, covered in hair
Markings: Pale to yellow stripes and markings across its whole body
Threat: Low to medium
Black Widow Spiders
Size: 1 ½” to 1 ⅜ inches long
Shape: Large, bulbous abdomen, small body, thin sleek legs
Markings: A red hourglass symbol at the bottom of its abdomen
Size: ¼ to ⅜ inches long
Color: Light brown to pale yellow
Shape: Small body, sometimes long abdomen, long extremely slender legs
Markings: Small black bands around legs
Size: 3/16 to 5/16 inches long
Shape: large, bulbous abdomen, small body, long thin legs
Markings: Dark stripes across its body and legs meeting at an angle
Brown Recluse Spiders
Size: ¼ to ½ inches long
Color: Light to dark brown
Shape: Medium-sized body and abdomen, long thin legs
Markings: A dark, backward violin mark just behind its head
Tip Number Two: Remove Webs
Not all spiders make webs, but the ones who do need them to catch prey. To deter spiders from settling down in these webs around your property, use a long broom to sweep them away. Doing this regularly around the exterior of your home will greatly reduce the chances of spiders finding their way inside.
Tip Number Three: Clean Things Up
Some spiders, like wolf and brown widow spiders, prefer cluttered environments that provide them with cover to hunt from. By cleaning your home regularly and tidying up storage areas, you eliminate potential hiding places for spiders, in turn making your living areas less appealing to these pests.
Tip Number Four: Put In Place General Pest Prevention Measures
Spiders invade homes to hunt for other pests. By implementing general DIY pest prevention around your property, you will not just deter spiders, but also find some freedom from other area pests. Here are a few exclusion tips experts recommend:
- Seal your home’s exterior foundation using a caulking gun.
- Repair damage to window/door screens, weather stripping, and door sweeps.
- Address moisture problems around your home by fixing leaks, repairing broken gutters, and using a dehumidifier indoors.
- Keep up with your lawn and landscaping.
- Turn off exterior lights after the sun goes down each night.
- Store leftover foods inside airtight containers.
- Pick up and clean out your pet’s food and water bowls before going to bed at night.
Tip Number Five: Get A Professional Involved
It is not always easy to know if a spider is dangerous or not. To reduce your chances of getting hurt while trying to deal with these pests around your Maimi-Dade County home, consider getting the experts at Amco Pest Solutions involved. With over 80 years of pest control experience and the equipment to handle whatever pests you and your home are up against, we are ready to handle your spider problems.
Contact our team today to discuss your treatment options and find one that best fits your home.