Living Albuquerque and New Mexico comes with its fair share of challenges, including pest problems.
Among the many insects that occasionally (or regularly) find their way into homes in our region, spiders often top the list. Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or new to the desert landscape, spiders in your home can raise questions about identification, safety, and effective methods to get rid of spiders. In this article, we’ll attempt to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about spiders and help property owners and managers better understand and manage the spider encounters that might come their way.
When are spiders most active in New Mexico?
Depending on the species, spiders in New Mexico are most active in August and September when males begin their search for a mate. Although spiders are active earlier in the year, they are smaller and therefore less noticeable.
Are there venomous spiders in Albuquerque?
Yes, there are! The most notable ones are the black widow and brown recluse spiders. While their bites are rarely fatal, they can cause severe reactions and individuals should be seen by a doctor.
How can I keep spiders out of my home?
To keep spiders out of your home, you’ll need to eliminate the conditions that attract them and block the ways they get inside. If you have insects crawling around your home, there’s a very good chance you’ll discover spiders at some point. After all, they eat insects. Preventing insect infestations will help you avoid a spider problem.
In addition to exterminating the pests spiders eat, you’ll want to make sure every crack, gap, and opening on the exterior of your house is sealed off. You should also keep doors and windows closed and eliminate clutter that attracts them.
Do dryer sheets repel spiders?
Contrary to popular belief, using dryer sheets to repel spiders doesn’t work all that well.
What will make spiders stay away?
There are plenty of suggestions across the web on how to naturally repel spiders including adding a few drops of peppermint oil to cotton balls and placing them in known trouble areas. You could try natural spider repellents, but the best way to keep spiders away is to take away their access to your home and make your house and yard less appealing to spiders. That means controlling other insects, eliminating potential hiding spots, and sealing of potential entry points as noted above.
What should I do if I find a spider in my house?
If you find a spider in your house, there’s no need to panic. It doesn’t mean you have a full-blown spider infestation. It does mean that your home is accessible to spiders and the bugs they love to eat. In that case, we highly recommend pest-proofing your home and contacting a local pest control company for help getting rid of spiders and other pests that have become uninvited houseguests.
Contact Greenway Pest Solutions for effective spider control
For relief from spiders, Greenway Pest Solutions offers home pest control services in Albuquerque, Sunland Park, and Santa Fe as well as throughout our service area that target existing infestations of spiders and other insects, but also prevent new pest activity from developing.
With pest control pricing starting as low as $45/month, our residential pest solutions are affordable, effective, and include:
- An initial inspection
- Interior & exterior pest treatments
- Cobweb removal
- Routine pest control service every quarter
For year-round protection against spiders, other insects, and even rodents, contact Greenway Pest Solutions today!