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Nobody wants dangerous spiders in their home, and black widows are among the most dangerous. Not only is their bite often deadly, black widows are known for hiding in obscure places, making them hard to spot. It is rare for a black widow to bite a person, child, or pet, but when it happens, the results can be devastating. To learn how to keep your household safe from black widow spiders, look over these three treatments designed to kill spiders and prevent them from returning.
Pet-friendly and child-friendly aerosol pesticides are available at the local department store, and when used in all of the right places, prove very effective against spiders. To make sure that no spiders come into the house, it is necessary to coat all of the possible entry points in pesticide. This means doors and windows, faucets, and the entry points of cables. If there is an unguarded opening, it is likely that spiders will eventually find their way through it. Non-toxic pesticide should also be used in possible hiding places for black widows. Remember that black widows seek out quiet, undisturbed areas of the home but may also appear elsewhere.
2. Perimeter Control
Aside from pesticide, there are other precautions that will help to ward against black widows as well as other spiders. Old, broken window screens can be replaced, and cracks in the walls can be filled with caulk. Not all vents and chimneys come with screens, so it is important to purchase a screen if none is installed. To prevent spiders from being drawn toward the house, turn off all of the outdoor lights and close the curtains when lights are on inside. In serious cases, it may be necessary to change the garden layout. As plants and decorations may serve as a place for spider webs and hiding places, the home is more likely to be infested when such things surround the perimeter. To eliminate indoor hiding places, replace cardboard boxes with sealable plastic boxes and clear out any clutter that spiders may hide in. Keeping the house clear of crumbs will also limit the number of insects, which serve as food to spiders.
3. Call Pest Control
When all is said and done, it can be difficult to eradicate a spider problem alone. The experts at Treebark Termite and Pest Control are trained in finding and securing every opening that spiders may come through as well as every nook and cranny that spiders may hide in. Treebark Termite and Pest Control is an ally against unwelcome pests. To free your home of black widow spiders and other problems, give us a call. We are happy to help.
Infestations are many things. They are gross, they are invasive, and they are stressful. It is normal to worry about the cost and wonder if it is better to avoid calling pest control altogether. Calling pest control may not be as fun as buying new stuff, but especially when it comes to destructive pests like termites and ants, taking down the infestation once and for all is the one and only good choice. In dry areas like Newport Beach, the odds of an ant or termite infestation are too high to ignore, and the problem is best solved before the pests decide to move in. By acting early, homeowners can actually save money on would-be home repairs and animal control calls and invest in something more fun.
1. One untreated infestation may follow another.
The dangers of letting a home infestation persist are not always obvious. One of the problems that does not get talked about much is the risk of the current infestation attracting another one.
Take rodents for instance. Rodents around the house attract small predators such as snakes and birds, which in turn bring large predators like coyotes and mountain lions to your front yard. The result is unsavory. Predators which risk entering neighborhoods grow accustomed to humans and have to be put down by animal control.
Another example of an infestation branching out to more problems is a fly infestation. Flies sometimes come into houses through open windows and drain pipes and spread because they have no predators inside. This honeymoon phase does not last for long. After the fly population spins out of control, predators such as spiders often move in as well, turning the house into a jungle. No, letting an infestation go unhindered is not the answer, but let’s look at a few more reasons why.
2. Infestations do not go away on their own.
Procrastination is the bane of every life. To-do lists stack up and stress festers, making it harder and harder to act, but infestations are one thing that absolutely must be handled. There are certain things that pests rely on which, when taken away, can cause the infestation to dwindle. Without food, without shelter, without a place to mate, infestations do die off. However, cutting off the current supply does not always do the trick. Sometimes the infestation finds a new supply and keeps on growing. The fact is that infestations will keep on infesting until they are stopped, and there is no telling if hiding the food, closing a vent, or waiting for winter will ever be enough.
3. Most of the damage is out of sight.
Sometimes it seems easier to live with an infestation than to deal with it. The pests may not seem to be stirring up too much trouble, and after all, sharing is caring. What some do not realize is that the true harm is tucked politely out of sight. It may seem like the worst a rat has to offer is a bad odor and rustling noises at night, but rats can bite through concrete and will do so for no perceptible reason. Ants and termites may seem to keep their own space and only pop in every once in a while, but their true home may be under the house working their way through the support beams. Every infestation has subtle effects that may go unnoticed for weeks or even months or longer. It is time to clear the infestation away quickly and decisively.
An infestation may not seem like a big deal to every person. Some may prefer to wait it out or even live with the pests, but the infestation has other plans. When it comes to a pest that can damage the house or even endanger the people living inside, the best choice is to solve the problem once and for all. If a do-it-yourself solution does not eradicate every single pest, then halfway done is not enough. Only when the infestation is gone and never to return is everything set right.
It can be hard to keep a home in top shape in Orange County, and pests are not making it any easier. The dry climate brings on its own unique problems, not the least of which are these three home-wrecking pests.
When thinking about infestations that endanger the house, most Orange County homeowners think of termites. This is with good reason. Termites do not just live in our homes, they eat our homes. They eat everything from the walls to the floorboards to the support beams that keep the house from collapsing. An untreated termite infestation means a hole in the ground where the house used to be.
2. Carpenter Ants
Ants may seem harmless. A single ant is barely the size of a grain of rice, and seems to scamper around erratically all the time, hardly fit to have a malevolent master plan. What goes unseen is the hordes of ants operating underground, marching at the command of their two-winged queen. There is not enough data to say exactly how large the average ant colony is, but colonies have been measured to be more than 25 feet deep. A colony of this size under your house means a lot of trouble, even if the ants, themselves, look cute and harmless.
Carpenter ants in particular are bad news for homeowners. These creatures are capable of chewing through wood, creating passages directly from your pantry down to their home below your floorboards. The fallout is not pretty.
3. Black Widows
Not every infestation means danger to the house, itself. Some mean trouble for the people, children, and pets inside. As reclusive creatures, black widows may not have much impact on the inhabitants’ daily lives, but their real effect can be sudden and dramatic. Choosing secluded places like dusty cardboard boxes and old tin cans as their homes, black widows can be hard to track down and hard to predict. The shy spiders may seem to prefer keeping to themselves, but they may bite when their homes are disturbed, and there is no telling where that home may be.
Ready to say goodbye to these pests forever? You’re not the only one. Take a look at what Treebark Termite and Pest Control can offer.