Tips For Finding Hidden Spider Infestations In A Potential Home

Are you looking for a new apartment or house to sublet? Are there poisonous spiders in your area, but you're unsure how to determine whether or not your new abode will be shared with a spider infestation?  Unfortunately, not all spiders will spin large and easily seen webs. So even though you might not see spiders when checking out the place, they could still be lurking just out of sight. Look for these signs to determine if spider extermination might be in your future:

Cluttered home: If the current resident is a bit on the messy side, their bad habits could have allowed spiders to move in. Although spiders are not attracted to food debris itself, they do prey on the insects that eat food debris. As a result, try to locate signs of insect infestation. Search for symptoms of poor or hasty cleaning such as dried up spots of sauce on the counter, papers and toys stuffed haphazardly into a broom closet, or a stack of dirty clothes near the washing machine. If the home is not kept neat and tidy, spiders could be hiding in the mess. spiders that require the attention of a professional exterminator.  

Overgrown shrubbery and plants: Spiders love to hide in places such as untrimmed bushes and overgrown gardens. Some spiders, such as black widows, may make their home in or near piles of leaf debris in order to catch prey like woodlice, millipedes and centipedes. Recluse spiders may prey on crickets or flies. These insects and arthropods are often attracted to and feed on garden debris and garden waste. Because of this, unkempt vegetation could be signs of a hidden spider infestation that will require a spider extermination expert. 

Damp areas: Spiders may not drink like humans do, but they can still be attracted to moist or damp spots. Not only does moisture feed the decay that their prey will enjoy eating, the humidity will help keep the spiders from drying out when the temperature soars. Look at sheds, walls and basements for signs of moisture. 

Outdoor lights left on all night: Unlike moths, spiders are not to attracted lights. They do, however, dine on the insects that swarm porch or security lights. One visible sign of nocturnal spider visits is that of dead insect exoskeletons in an area beneath the porch light. While some of these insects will have died naturally, others are the discarded remains of a spider's meal. A spider extermination expert will be able to tell you whether these piles of exoskeletons are something to be worried about or if they simply represent a higher than usual population of moths and other flying insects.