Spiders are horrible guests. They build unsightly webs in the upper corners of your rooms. They cling to your walls and stare you down. And some of them bite. If you're thinking, "no thanks!" We understand. So, what can you do to keep them out? The first step is understanding how those spiders get into your Tennessee home in the first place.
Spiders don't chew on wood the way carpenter ants, termites, rodents, and other pests do. But they have no problem using holes created by these other pests. If you've seen a mouse in your house, you should not be surprised to see spiders as well. These holes can be found in exterior locations that are exposed to dampness. One prime location is your roofline.
When rainwater hits your roof, it runs down into your gutters and is channeled down plastic pipes and away from your foundation walls—well, that is how it is supposed to work, anyway. Often, gutters get clogged with debris and they stop doing their job. This can lead to dampness along your roofline where your shingles meet your gutters and it can draw the attention of rodents. Roof rats, squirrels, raccoons, and other animals can zero in on damp, compromised areas and create holes to gain access to your roof trough and the truss voids of your roof. Since many spiders build webs in high locations to trap mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and other flying insects, they can stumble onto these holes created in your roofline and gain access to your home.
Another location pests tend to attack is the sole plate of your home. The sole plate is made up of the horizontal members of your walls that are just above your foundation wall. If water isn't being channeled away from your foundation wall, it can begin to damage these timbers and give pests a soft target to chew on. This can become an even bigger problem if you have a deck attached to your home and the rainwater is able to moisten the sill in a shaded location where the sun can't dry the wood. Low crawling spiders like wolf spiders and brown recluse often target low entry points like this.
Does your home have a foundation wall with doors or windows in it? If so, these can quickly become a source of entry for pests. Dampness near your home can saturate window and door frames and make them easy targets for pests and, ultimately, a way for spiders to enter your home.
Check around the outside of your window and door frames when looking for gaps and holes that spiders can get in through. Some frames have a seal around them. If this seal is broken, spiders can squeeze right in. This is actually a more common entry point than a hole or rip in the screen because damaged screens only allow spiders to go as far as your exterior window pane. A hole in your seal can give them access to your wall voids. It will also give rainwater access to your wall voids.
As spiders crawl around on your foundation wall, they sometimes stumble onto cracks in cement, gaps in mortar, gaps around pipes, and other holes that can develop over time. When they do, they can slip right inside.
As spiders crawl around near doors, they can find gaps in weather stripping and door sweeps. If there is warm air leaking out, these gaps can become even more enticing in the cold winter months. Spiders will also exploit the large door sweep on your garage door and gain access to your garage. From there, it may be possible for them to find a hole, crack or gap to get into your home. Since your garage is protected from the weather, holes that lead into ceiling and wall voids can sometimes go unrepaired for longer than they should.
There are many ways spiders can get into your Tennessee home. The best way to get them out and keep them out is with residential pest service from Russell's Pest Control. With Power, Power Gold, Power Plus+ and Power Platinum, you get coverage for over 30 common Tennessee pests, including spiders. Reach out to us today and get your protection in place and say goodbye to spiders.
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