There is something unsettling about a large, hairy spider being in a location a large hairy spider shouldn’t be in, such as in the drain of your bathtub or on the floor of your bedroom. If you’re seeing big, hairy spiders, it is likely that you’re dealing with wolf spiders. Fortunately, there is some good news. Wolf spiders are only occasional invaders. They prefer to live in holes in the ground, outside. But you may not want to wait for these spiders to leave, and you may not want other wolf spiders paying you a visit. If so, here are a few steps you can take to prevent wolf spiders from getting in.
Understanding Wolf Spiders
These are hunter spiders with great eyesight. They use their eyes to navigate along the ground and take down ground-crawling insects. This is important to understand when you’re considering how to keep them out. Wolf spiders are not going to scale the outside of your home and get in through high entry points unless there is easy access to your roof. All you need to do to prevent this is to make sure all the tree branches that come near your roofline are trimmed back.
Sealing Entry Points
There are a few common points of entry used by wolf spiders and other pests. Sealing them will make your home more resistant to pests in general.
- Gaps around door and window frames.
- Gaps in the rubber weatherstripping seal around exterior doors.
- Damaged or missing door sweeps.
- Gaps around pipes.
- Gaps around wire conduit.
- Holes created by wood-damaging insects.
- Unprotected vents.
- Missing or damaged window and door screens.
Reducing Wolf Spiders
The reason wolf spiders get in is because they’re hanging out near your home in the first place. You can reduce the population of wolf spiders around your home by keeping things as dry as possible. This doesn’t mean you should stop watering your plants. It just means that you should provide the conditions for topsoil to dry quickly after watering, such as cleaning your gutters, trimming tree branches to let light in, and trimming landscape vegetation to provide good air flow.
Where Professional Pest Control Fits Into The Picture
A major reason wolf spiders come into your San Antonio yard is that your yard provides food for them. When you have a residential pest control plan, your yard has fewer bugs for San Antonio wolf spiders to eat, and you have fewer wolf spiders trying to get into your home. It is as simple as that.
If you’d like fewer pests in your San Antonio home? We have a 6-point home pest control inspection process that will make sure your home and your family is protected. Reach out to us today. The highly-trained and award-winning pest control team here at Romney Pest Control is standing by to assist you.