Nobody likes or enjoys insects in their homes; they cause a lot of damage and can be a nuisance. There are some simple steps you can take to get rid of these insects and help prevent them from coming back into your home.
The control of crawling insects, such as cockroaches, ants, etc., consists of a combination of measures, including the sealing of entry points that are around your home, blocking the access to the indoor hiding places of your home by caulking around the cabinets and light fixtures. You can keep food preparation areas clean and free of excess food, and by removing sources of water or moisture, and by generally maintaining sanitary conditions in your home and around your yard. If you find traces of ants in your home, you will want to trace them back to their nests and destroy the colony. You will want to use pesticides as a last resort to help control the crawling insects, and use this method judiciously.
Spiders can be considered beneficial because they can help control the flying insects in your home and your yard. But with the exception of the black widow and the brown recluse, most of the spiders in the United States pose no real or serious threat to humans. But their webs can become a nuisance. Most of the spiders can inflict a mildly venomous and painful bite; the bites are usually no more painful than a common bee sting. Even the feared tarantula, doesn’t really pose any real threat, even though the tarantula can be very intimidating.
The black widows and the brown recluses typically like to live in dark, secluded places, such as dark corners of attics, wood piles, garages and your basement, and they usually will retreat when they are disturbed. They usually bite only when accidentally touched, or trapped in places like clothing or bedding. Keep in mind that if not treated promptly, the black widow bite can cause serious illness or may even cause death. The venom from the brown recluse bite causes a large, painful sore that can be slow to heal, although the bite from the brown recluse is rarely fatal. If you get bit from either of these cases, you will want to place an ice cube on the bite and then call your doctor immediately.
The best way to control all types of spiders around your home is to periodically inspect the potential indoor hiding places, such as the under base cabinets, the furniture, and storage areas around your home. You will want to kill or relocate the individual spiders as you find them in your home, and knock down or you can vacuum up the nests. Keep in mind that the black widow webs often contain roundish white egg cases, and that they should be disposed of immediately in an outdoor trash can, not a trash can indoors. You will want to eliminate potential hiding places within and around your home by removing any wood piles, trash, and any accumulated clutter around your home. It’s a good idea to caulk or to seal potential entry points into your home as you would for other pest problems. If you by chance have a widespread infestation in your crawl space, attic or basement, you will want to treat the area with foggers or other appropriate insecticide sprays, and be sure to follow the label’s instruction. Or in the worse case scenario, you can call an exterminator.