Most of the spiders that get into our Baltimore homes aren’t dangerous. They’re just creepy. If you agree, we have some good news for you. There are steps you can take to reduce spiders and keep spider sightings within your home to a bare minimum. Would you like to know how? Here are six simple and effective spider control tips that will help you stop creepy spiders from getting into your Baltimore home.

1. Remove Webs

When you see a spider web on the exterior of your Baltimore home, you might be tempted to leave it. You may think that webs are going to catch dangerous insects, like mosquitoes. This is partly true. But spiders don’t do a thorough job. It is best to let a licensed professional handle your mosquito concerns, and get rid of those webs. Why? Because the last thing you need is spiders hatching near your home. Spiders hatching? Yes. One web can have more than 300 spider eggs in it. That’s a lot of spiders. Remove those webs and crush the egg sacs to reduce the spider population around your home.

2. Manage Trash

Spiders in Maryland love to establish webs near trash receptacles. Do you know why? It is because they capture and eat flies. When you properly manage your trash, you reduce a food source that attracts spiders.

  • Keep a lid on it. Make sure your receptacles are always covered.
  • Reduce the aroma. Deodorize any receptacles that develop an odor.
  • Kick it to that curb. Make sure to get the trash to the curb on trash day. This will prevent it from sitting for another week.

3. Reduce Light

There are many insects that spiders in Maryland like to eat, and there is one thing that these insects all have in common; they are attracted to light. If you have lots of exterior light, you’ll have lots of insects—and the spiders that eat them.

  • Keep lights off at night where it isn’t a security concern.
  • Replace any white light bulbs with bulbs that cast yellow light.
  • Keep your shades drawn at night.

4. Remove Hiding Places

Have you ever noticed a spider web in a tire innertube or a concrete block? Do you know why spiders create their webs in hollow spaces within man-made objects? It’s because bugs crawl into these places. When they do, the spiders catch them and eat them. Remove hiding places to reduce spiders.

  • Remove yard debris.
  • Move wood away from your home.
  • Trim your landscape vegetation.
  • Stay on top of leaf and stick removal.
  • Store brush piles away from your home.

5. Reduce Moisture

Spiders eat moisture pests like millipedes, centipedes, and silverfish. If you want fewer spiders around your home, you need to reduce moisture. Here are a few ideas:

  • Clean your gutters and remove any obstructions that block your system.
  • Repair any broken gutters.
  • Remove weeds and grass from your landscaping.
  • Water your plants in the early morning to allow the sun time to dry the moisture.

6. Seal Exterior Entry Points

Baltimore spiders are metro spiders. They move about in the concrete jungle. It is familiar to them. When metro spiders come into your yard, it is only natural for them to try to hide in the cracks, gaps, and holes in your exterior as they would a tree, bolder, or cliff wall.

  • Make sure all your exterior doors are properly sealed.
  • Seal gaps around exterior window frames.
  • Replace screens, door sweeps, and weatherstripping, as needed.
  • Seal around pipes and other foundation penetrations.

If You Need Help With Common Spiders In Maryland

The best way to deal with common spiders in Maryland and other common pests in Baltimore is with ongoing professional pest control from Pest Czar. Reach out to us today to learn more or to schedule service.