Why Am I Suddenly Seeing A Lot Of Spiders In My Home?

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Spiders are one of the most feared creatures of all time. The good news is that most of the spiders you see in your home are relatively harmless. In fact, some of them are actually helpful in helping reduce the populations of other insects and bugs in your property. Nonetheless, very few people are thrilled about dealing with an excessive amount of spiders in their home or business.

If you start to see more and more spiders or webs inside your property, there are likely a few things to blame.

There are two attractants that typically draw spiders:

1. Shelter

When it gets cold, insects look for a warm place. This brings them inside man-made structures—including your home Spiders don’t have as much of a problem with cold because they have a built-in antifreeze that makes them resistant to freezing. But they go where the food is. So, if their food sources move indoors, you can be sure they’re to follow.

2. Food

The number one reason why spiders come into our homes is in the search for food. If you have food sources that insects can get into, they will thrive inside your home. And, when insects thrive, spiders will thrive too. If you want to control spider populations in your home, it’s crucial to prevent pests in general.

Some bugs don’t come into our homes because of cold or in search of food. Some bugs are carried in. If you don’t examine your packaged food when you purchase items at the store, you may have brought pantry pests into your home, and spiders feed on pantry pests.

If you brought fruit into your home and put it on the kitchen table for display, you may be seeing fruit flies or fungus flies zipping around. Flies are a dietary staple for spiders, who will show up in hoards to feed on other insect populations inside your property.

What to Do When You Have a Spider Infestation

The best way to control spiders is to control the bugs that spiders feed on. And the best way to control bugs is with ongoing pest service from a professional. At Russell’s Pest Control, we know how distressing a spider problem can be. Our spider exterminators can help you zero in on the pest service that will work best to keep spiders and other pests out of your home. Contact us today to get started!

Fall & Winter Pests to Prevent in Knoxville

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Here in Knoxville, we are used to dealing with hoards of pest problems year-round—including in the wintertime. Although some pest problems only persist through the summer, there are certain bugs and pests that stick around throughout the colder months as well. Namely, rodents! In partnership with PestWorld, the NPMA recently released their 2021 Fall & Winter Bug Barometer® predicting a significant increase in rodent activity this time of year. Rodent infestations have been on the rise in the past year or two, and this winter is no exception.

At Russell’s Pest Control, we understand the importance of keeping you and your family safe from pest problems, especially of the rodent variety. Our experts are here to share everything you need to know about preventing the increased risk of rodent infestations this year—read on to learn more!

Fall & Winter Pest Infestations in Tennessee

While many types of pests go away in the fall and winter, there are a few that stick around. With above-normal rainfall predicted, mosquitoes have lingered well into the fall months here in Knoxville. Moving into the winter, the most pressing pest pressures we face this time of year are those pests that look to get inside our homes to escape dropping temperatures outdoors.

In November, you may still be seeing some infamous fall pests inside your home. These include ants, stink bugs, Asian lady beetles, and boxelder bugs, all of which look to overwinter until springtime right in the comfort of your property. The most concerning winter pest problem our region faces this year, however, is a rodent infestation.

2021 Bug Barometer by the NPMA

Where Rats & Mice Nest In Your Home

Rodents can squeeze through some truly tiny cracks and crevices to make their way into your home. Once indoors, they can wreak havoc. Rats and mice use all types of materials to build nests, chew on everything nonstop (electrical wires included), and can create a health hazard with their droppings. It’s important to keep an eye out on the following areas of your property for rodent nests:

  1. Mice: House & deer mice alike will seek out dark, undisturbed places in the home to nest. With their small size, they can nest in rooms, inside of furniture, and even behind warm appliances in your kitchen or basement.
  2. Rats: Norway rats are known to burrow beneath the very foundation of your home, and are thus found in basements, crawl spaces, and more. Roof rats, however, prefer to live in higher areas of a property, including inside of wall voids or inside attics and chimneys.

How to Prevent a Rodent Infestation This Winter

Especially with NPMA’s prediction of increased rodent activity this year, now is the time to implement rodent exclusion services to keep rats and mice outside. The rodent exterminators at Russell’s Pest Control are here to help. We will work with you to prevent rodent infestations this winter and year-round. Contact us today to get started!