Few things in our gardens and homes freak us out more than spiders, yet in the proper place, they are among our best friends. The proper place, of course, is in our yards; not in our homes! In the Kansas City area, Augustine Services will help keep them where they belong.
The only food source for spiders is insects and other arthropods such as sow bugs (roly-polies), ticks, millipedes, centipedes and, of course, other spiders. To that extent, they are our friends. The one pictured above is one of the many “good guys”. However, there are two or three potentially “bad actors” which, if handled roughly or come in contact with you, can bite, defensively. Leave all the rest alone! They are just trying to keep our yards and homes pest-free.
The key to control of spiders – any spiders – is control of their sole food source – insects and related pests. One of the primary keys to the control of the food source is the control of clutter. Clutter within homes, schools, places of business or any structure provides shelter for both the spiders and their prey.
The second primary key to control of spiders and their prey is in exclusion. Tighten the place up – don’t let them inside! Make sure that all doors, windows, screens and ventilators are tight and in good repair. Caulk around utility penetrations or any other openings. Consider an exterior pesticide barrier around the structure’s foundation.
The third key to control is remediative pest management measures. They consist of trapping, appropriate pesticide applications and constant monitoring. In the Greater Kansas City area, Augustine Services, Incorporated is the answer. Augustine has spent over 40 years successfully developing and honing failsafe, integrated pest management systems for homes, businesses, healthcare, arts and antiquities. Call 913-362-4399 today!
The following several spiders should be kept in their place, away from you! So…..