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The Fall Crawl

What has eight legs and loves the fall season? Four people holding pumpkin spice lattes…and a spider, of course.

All pest populations are at a high around this time of year, but spiders, in particular, are especially active both inside and outside of the home. Outdoors, you may notice orb weaver spiders like the yellow garden spider building webs near bushes, under eaves or near light sources that might attract small insects. Wolf spiders and grass spiders, on the other hand, may begin to appear inside your house, garage or storage shed. Many varieties are building webs to capture insects before the first frost, while others may be searching for warmer interior hunting grounds as the weather gets cooler.

A few tips for keeping spider populations at bay:

  • Keep exterior lights on as little as possible.
  • Check your door and window seals to prevent easy access points.
  • Reduce clutter and piles that might give spiders a dark place to hide.
  • Keep mulch at least 15 inches away from the foundation of your home.
  • Call us. We can treat the interior and exterior of your home and remove any existing webs to discourage spiders from rebuilding.

Remember, while most spiders found in Tennessee are harmless, the brown recluse and black widow are quite poisonous. By taking preventative measures now, you can ensure that the only thing biting you as the temperatures begin to drop is the wind.

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