Very few people are comfortable with spiders, and enough of us are terrified of them that our fear has a name — arachnaphobia. When you own your own home and discover that you’re inadvertently sharing it with a few thousand eight-legged co-tenants, though, your personal feelings about spiders don’t really factor into the equation. You’ve got a real problem, and you need to take steps to resolve it!
As the experts of Pest Control Perth would advise, the best way to handle a serious spider infestation is to keep it from happening. If you live in a region where spiders are common, you should prepare your property to make it less attractive to arachnids. (If you’re already stuck with a spider infestation, remember to take these preventative steps after you’ve gotten rid of them — you don’t want the problem to come up all over again!)
Spiders like to hide from the sun. That means that leafy vegetation close to your home give them an ideal access route to any holes that might let them in. Clear away bushes and other plants that are too close to your foundation or walls. Any loose material that blocks out sunlight might give spiders a place to hide, from stones to unused grills or toys left in the yard. You don’t need to scrape your whole property bare, but try to keep shade-casting items away from the walls of your home.
Remember that almost all spider species subsist on a diet of insects. If you have plenty of outdoor lights, they’ll attract insects which will in turn attract spiders. Keep your exterior lighting to the minimum necessary for safety, and turn off outside lights when you’re not using them.
If you encounter a lone spider in your home, you don’t have to resort to lethal force to evict him. The better strategy is to transport the spider outside your house and release him back into the outdoors. Because spiders eat insects they can actually do you a service if they stay on the proper side of your walls! Here’s how to trap a spider safely:
Use a sturdy, hollow object to trap the spider. A glass or tumbler is ideal, because you’ll be able to aim it at the spider right through the glass. (Remember not to slam your glass down with too much force, though — you don’t want to break it!) When you’ve successfully trapped the spider, the next step is to make him ready for transport by sealing the glass. To do this properly, slide a stiff, flat sheet of material beneath the rim of the glass. (A file folder is ideal.) Use both hands to lift the spider away from the floor and take it outside. Release it as far away from your home as you need to to feel comfortable. Don’t forget to wash the glass after you’ve completed your catch-and-release mission!
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