We have quite a variety of spiders in Los Angeles. Some spiders stay in gardens, landscaping, and vegetation. They don't get into our homes. Some spiders get inside but don't prefer to be inside. Then there are the spiders that get inside and stay inside.

Today we're going to discuss common spiders in Los Angeles County, consider what works to deter common house spiders from getting inside, and take a look at the best way to get rid of spiders. Here's what you need to know.

Types Of Spiders You May Find In Your Los Angeles County Home

There are many ways we could separate the different types of spiders we have in Los Angeles County. Let's stick to the three categories we established above.

Outdoor Spiders That Stay Outdoors

These are your garden spiders, grass spiders, and orb weaver spiders. They rarely come inside. 

Outdoor Spiders That Sometimes Come Inside

If you see one of these spiders in your home, you're likely to find it in low places and humid spaces. Outdoor spiders that accidentally get inside such as black widow spiders, tarantulas, and wolf spiders need moisture to drink and large insects to feed on. The good news with outdoor spiders is that they're likely to go back outside.

Common House Spiders

There are several spider species that can complete their life cycle indoors and create a population within your home. If you see spiders in your house, they are likely to be in this category. These are American house spiders, yellow sac spiders, desert recluse spiders, and cellar spiders. The only spider that is a medical concern is the desert recluse, which presents the same issues as a brown recluse spider.

a wolf spider on a living room carpet

What Attracts Spiders To Your Los Angeles County Home?

Before you have spiders in your house, there are a few things you can do to deter spiders. The most important spider prevention you can do is to remove attractants.

  • Remove yard clutter that spiders hide in.
  • Reduce perimeter moisture by clearing clogged gutters and making repairs to your gutter system.
  • Reduce landscape moisture by removing weeds, trimming plants and bushes, and watering your plants in the morning.
  • Reduce insects that spiders eat by replacing exterior white lights with yellow lights, sealing all garbage in covered containers, and promoting good plant health in your landscaping.

Effective Spider Prevention Tips For Los Angeles County Homes

Now that you know what attracts spiders and you have a few ideas of what you can do to deter them, let's discuss specific methods you can use to keep spiders out of your home.

  • Spider webs aren't just unsightly, they can contain egg sacs. These egg sacs can have hundreds of spider eggs in them. The last thing you need is for those eggs to hatch into hundreds of spiderlings near your home. We recommend removing webs when you see them and destroying any egg sacs you find. You can destroy an egg sac simply by crushing it.
  • Common spiders get into homes through entry points in your exterior. They don't create entry points the way a mouse or a carpenter ant will. They use openings that exist. If you take time to seal entry points in your exterior, it will go a long way toward keeping spiders out of your home. Pay close attention to exterior doors. Replace weatherstripping, door sweeps, and screens. Align double doors so they make a good seal. Use a caulking gun to seal gaps around utilities and to fill in wood holes. 

The Best Way To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Los Angeles County Home

If you're looking for the best way to get rid of spiders, we know of no better way than to reach out to Homeshield Pest Control for residential pest control services. Why? Because we offer one of the most comprehensive pest management service plans in the area. Here are a few things you can expect.

  • We get rid of spider webs so you don't have to think about it. Our technicians have a tool that allows them to get spider webs that are difficult to reach. Not only will this make your home look more beautiful, it will help to keep spider populations low.
  • We provide treatments to your foundation perimeter to reduce the insects that spiders eat and deter spider activity.
  • We treat around trees and shrubs, which spiders can live on. This reduces activity before spiders get close to your exterior.
  • We evaluate your property and look for conducive conditions and provide target control as needed. Our technicians are highly-trained and experienced pest management professionals.

If you have questions about residential pest control in Los Angeles County, or you'd like to request service, connect with us today. We would love the opportunity to help you find the right solution for your home and for your family.