Understanding spiders and other potential home invaders involves recognizing their behaviors, habitats, and potential risks they pose. Spiders like black widows and brown recluses can be dangerous due to their venom, while other common invaders like ants, cockroaches, and rodents can bring health risks and property damage. Learn more about what to look for here.

Preventing spiders and other invaders from entering your home involves several proactive measures:

Seal gaps:

Inspect your home for any openings in walls, windows, doors, and foundation, and seal them with caulk or weather stripping. Additional steps for Log homes, include sealing gaps in logs. Inspect the exterior of your log home for any cracks between logs and seal them with caulking or chinking material.

Keep a clean home:

Regularly vacuum and sweep floors, clean up crumbs and spills promptly, and reduce clutter to eliminate hiding spots for pests.

Remove outdoor debris:

Trim vegetation away from the perimeter of your home, keep firewood stored away from the house, and remove leaf piles and other outdoor debris where pests might hide.

Use screens:

Install screens on windows and doors to prevent insects and spiders from entering your home while still allowing for ventilation.

Declutter storage areas:

Organize and declutter storage areas like basements, attics, and closets to minimize hiding spots for pests.

Use pest control products:

Apply insecticides and spider repellents according to label instructions, focusing on entry points and areas where pests are likely to hide. Another option would be to use natural spider repellents such as citrus oil or vinegar sprays around the perimeter of your home to deter spiders from entering.

Regular maintenance:

Schedule routine inspections and maintenance for your home to identify and address potential entry points and pest issues before they become major problems. Inspect wood surfaces of your log home for signs of insect activity, such as wood-boring beetles or carpenter ants, and treat as necessary to prevent damage. We can add you to our annual maintenance client list, if you prefer professionals perform a thorough inspection.

Monitor moisture levels:

Keep moisture levels in check to prevent conditions that are conducive to pests like termites and wood rot fungi. Ensure proper drainage around your home and address any leaks or water damage promptly.

Professional assistance:

Consider hiring a pest control professional for regular treatments, especially if you have a persistent pest problem or are unsure how to effectively manage it on your own.

By implementing these strategies, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of spiders and other invaders taking up residence in your home.