White-tailed spiders are slender looking, and you can easily recognize them from the unique white tip on their tails. White-tailed spiders are among the most common spiders to invade people's homes; an infestation can become a constant looming threat for you. The tips below are easy to follow, and you can borrow some of these tactics to keep a white-tailed spider infestation at bay.
Glue traps in the right places
Glue or sticky traps for spiders are effective in capturing white-tailed spiders. White-tailed spiders don't form cobwebs like most spiders found indoors, which in turn makes them some of the natural wanderers in your house.
So, for best results when using glue traps, place the traps in places you're likely to find the white-tailed intruders. Quiet, dark crannies, roof voids, cloth lines and crevices are great hideouts for the spiders, and placing the traps near these places increases your success to prevent an infestation.
Glue traps for trapping spiders are easily available in most pest control specialists' shops; you're likely to find them in a local retailer near you.
Home improvement guidelines
Making the right adjustments around your house keeps white-tailed spiders out. For instance, your roof is one common breeding ground for white-tailed spiders. Often, you'll find that the roof harbors other crawlers, such as the black house spider; a staple food for white-tailed spiders. So, to spider-proof your home accordingly, consider using the tips below:
- Block any crevices and spaces along the ceiling edges of your house; spraying an insecticide that kills spiders along these edges improves protection
- Install fly screens on all windows, and especially on windows close to the ground
- Use a dehumidifier in your house; spiders love humid places and lowering humidity makes your house less attractive to spiders
Re-infestation risks and prevention
A previous white-tailed infestation is an alarming common cause of subsequent infestations. However, even having had a few of these crawlers in your house should raise concern; take the necessary precautions to prevent their multiplication.
It's likely that after spider extermination in your home, some of these white-tailed crawlers find hiding places in your compound.
So, keep the grass short, especially after the extermination to eliminate hiding places for the spiders. Also, get into the habit of treating the entry points of your home with a residual spider-killer insecticide to continually keep the spiders out. Additionally, treat any structures that would allow spiders to crawl into the house, such as drain pipes, washing lines, eaves, and gutters. If you can't handle treating the surroundings yourself, a professional spider exterminator comes in handy.
The tips above can help you keep white-tailed spiders away for years, if not for life!