Known as the “Golden State”, California has many things of interest for residents to experience. While not on the list of fun activities the state is known for, one of the things that may be on the itinerary is the possibility of an encounter with one, or more, of the state’s many spiders. Examples of some spider species residing in California include the following:
- Black widow
- Brown widow
- Yellow sac spider
- Chilean recluse
- Desert recluse
- Cellar spider
- False black widow
- Garden spider
- Grass spider
- Orb weaver
- Wolf spider
Spiders in California reside in different regions of the state, but all are attracted to the inside of a home for a variety of common reasons that include weather conditions, food sources, lighting, mating rituals, and clutter.
Health-wise, a spider bite may also pose problems to those prone to allergic reactions. If bitten, some symptoms, depending on the type of spider, include headache, difficulty breathing, itching, rash, muscle cramping, sweating, pain at the bite site, vomiting, and nausea.
What Attracts Spiders in the House?
California is known as a state with warm to hot temperatures from spring to fall. Spiders do not like heat and will seek cover, which can be inside your home. They also aren’t fond of cool weather, which can send them scurrying inside, and when it rains, your home provides a dry oasis with plenty of hiding places.
In addition to shelter, spiders are looking for food. They eat other pests like flies, roaches, moths, ants, and mosquitoes. These insects might be present in your home and therefore be an attractive spot for spiders.
Spiders are reclusive, preferring secluded areas with little to no light. Places in your home such as the attic, garage, a basement or cellar, and crawl spaces make good places for spiders to live.
During mating rituals, different spider species emit specific sounds to attract and communicate. These “sounds” may result in more spiders in and around your home.
If you have clutter in your home, you’ve created a perfect spot for spiders to hide. Clutter can be anything from stacked newspapers to storage boxes filled with assorted items.
Keeping Spiders Out of Your Home
Leaving spiders to their own devices may result in spider webs woven in nooks and crannies throughout your home. To help prevent spiders from entering and populating in your home, consider the following things to do.
- Caulking around cracks, crevices, and pipes under sinks, that provide entry into your home helps keep spiders out.
- Sealing any gaps around windows or doors also prevents entry.
- Placing mesh over air conditioning and heating vents eliminates a point of entry for spiders.
- Frequently vacuuming closets, behind and under furniture, hidden corners, etc. removes the spiders.
- Removing storage boxes, containers, stacked books, or magazines, eliminates potential hiding places.
- Keep an eye on outside that can also be a source for spiders to gather in places such as stacked wood, under eaves, behind shutters, wood piles, and around light fixtures.
For professional services to remove a spider infestation, AAI Pest Control can help free your home of unwanted pests.
AAI Pest Control at Your Service
Whether you need a one-time inspection, or ongoing service, our professional staff will do a thorough inspection to uncover hidden nests or hiding places, identify the type of resident spiders, and recommend the best approach to remove them.
To help maintain and control pests, we offer three plans to service the exterior of your home with the interior serviced at no extra charge. Call us, email us, or fill out our handy online form, and we’ll contact you as soon as possible. “We’re here to serve you” and do so with quality service provided by friendly and courteous technicians.