Why do I Have Spiders?

Person capturing spider with a glass - United Pest Solutions, serving Seattle WA explains why you may have spiders.

Person capturing spider with a glass - United Pest Solutions, serving Seattle WA explains why you may have spiders.

While spiders aren’t seasonal, many people tend to notice them more in their homes in late summer and early fall as these arachnids become less inconspicuous in their search for mates. And although spiders are beneficial and mostly harmless, many people still don’t want to share a home with them. This is why we at United Pest Solutions have come up with some ways you can help control spiders in your home.

What Attracts Spiders?

Spiders tend to seek out undisturbed and secluded areas that are cool and dark. Somewhere they can build a web to catch their prey. These areas often include basements, attics, and closets.

Spiders feed on flies, mosquitoes, and other insects, so if you have other pests in your home, you could be unknowingly attracting spiders as well.

Spider Prevention

Spiders are small. They can easily crawl into homes through cracks in your siding or through damaged window screens, so you’ll want to follow these tips to help control spiders.

  • Seal cracks and crevices around your home using caulk or weatherstripping.
  • Keep your shrubs and trees well-trimmed to help prevent them from acting as bridges into your home.
  • Vacuum and dust regularly, paying particular attention to corners and beneath furniture.
  • Wipe away webs in and around your home.
  • Shake out clothing that’s been sitting in a laundry basket for quite some time.
  • Keep your attic, garage, and basement clutter-free.
  • Make sure you don’t have insects in the home, including those attracted to house plants.
  • Replace your porch lights with yellow LED bulbs to help keep spider-attracting insects away.

Expert Spider Control

If you’ve tried the tips above and still can’t get rid of spiders in your home, you’ll want to turn to the experts at United Pest Solutions. We specialize in Integrated Pest Management and are QualityPro Certified. We can help control spiders, termites, rodents, stinging insects, and more. We’ve been proudly serving the Seattle WA metropolitan area since 1960. Contact us today for your personalized inspection!

Common Spring Pests in the Pacific Northwest

Yellow jacks on a sandwich. United Pest Solutions, serving Seattle WA talks about the common spring pests in the Pacific Northwest.

Yellow jacks on a sandwich. United Pest Solutions, serving Seattle WA talks about the common spring pests in the Pacific Northwest. Ah spring, a time for warmer weather, sunshine, blooming-plants…and pests! When the cold weather subsides, we often get caught up in the excitement of the season change that we forget about pests being abundant this time of year.

Many pests emerge in spring looking for places to nest and food to eat–which can lead them into your home. To help prevent your spring from being ruined by a pest infestation, here are some common pests to lookout for and what you can do to stop them in their tracks.

Ants

The two most common ant species in the Pacific Northwest are odorous house ants and carpenter ants.

Odorous house ants, commonly referred to as sugar ants, are a nuisance more than anything. They’ll send scouts into your home in search of food, and when they find it, they’ll signal the others to come on over.

Carpenter ants are wood-destroying pests that cause a lot of property damage every year. These ants are smaller than most ant species and they favor damp or rotting wood. When they find favorable wood, they’ll excavate through it to build their nests. Because they’re most active at night and are hidden, carpenter ants are difficult to locate.

There are several steps you can take to deter ants, including:

  • Trimming back shrubs away from your home
  • Keeping all surfaces clean
  • Sealing holes and gaps
  • Ensure windows and doors are sealed

Spiders

Most spiders are harmless and don’t have enough venom to cause severe harm, but there are a couple that are considered dangerous in the Seattle area–the black widow spider and the yellow sac spider. However, the most common spiders you may encounter are the giant house spider, domestic house spider, jumping spider, and the funnel web spider.

Many people often forget that spiders are beneficial to our environment as they help control other pests such as flies, moths, and earwigs.

Here are some tips to help protect your home from spiders.

  • Remove clutter
  • Trim vegetation
  • Fill gaps around the home
  • Ensure windows and doors are snug fitting
  • Remove other insects, which spiders feed on

Stinging Insects

Yellowjackets and honey bees are the most common stinging insects during spring. Honey bees are considered beneficial as they pollinate growing plants and trees. Yellowjackets, on-the-other-hand, are very aggressive and territorial. If they’re provoked or feel threatened, they may sting multiple times.

Here are some tips to help keep yellowjackets away from your property.

  • Remove standing water
  • Cover trash cans properly
  • Cover any holes in the ground
  • Keep doors and windows shut
  • Inspect decks, under eaves, and other wood structures as some wasps build their nests using wood fiber

Spring Pest Control in Seattle WA

Now that you know more about the common spring pests in the Pacific Northwest, you are one step closer to preventing an infestation. If you’ve tried the suggestions above or want professional help, turn to United Pest Solutions. We’ve served the greater Seattle area since 1960.

Common Fall Pests in the Pacific Northwest

Rodent inside of home. United Pest Solutions, serving Seattle WA and Kirkland WA talks about common fall pests in the Pacific Northwest.

Fall in the Pacific Northwest is absolutely gorgeous. Trees are packed with vibrant colors and lawns are still green, but while you’re admiring all this beautiful change, many pests are looking for a warm safe place to call home.

In this article, we’ll talk about the most common pests you’re likely to encounter this fall.

Rodent outside. United Pest Solutions serving Seattle WA talks about common fall pests in the Pacific Northwest. Rodents

Rodents are one of the most common pests we see in the fall. Mice and rats will invade homes looking for a reliable source of food and warm shelter. Rodents are not only a nuisance, but they can cause property damage, trigger allergy symptoms, and spread diseases through their urine, saliva, and feces. Rodents are also known to chew on electrical wiring creating safety hazards.

House spider. United Pest Solutions serving Seattle WA talks about common fall pests in the Pacific Northwest.

Spiders

Autumn is also a time of year when people see an increase in spiders, however, it’s not because they’re trying to get warm. Spiders actually have an “antifreeze” type substance that allows them to withstand temperatures as low as -5°C. Spiders are more active this time of year because males are looking for females to mate with. They may also migrate indoors to follow their prey.

Stink bug on a window. United Pest Solutions serving Seattle WA talks about common fall pests in the Pacific Northwest.

Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are known for emitting a very foul odor when they’re squished or feel threatened. These pests don’t bite, but they can damage your plants. If you find one inside of your home, suck them up with a vacuum cleaner then toss it outside immediately.

 

Cockroach outside. United Pest Solutions serving Seattle WA talks about common fall pests in the Pacific Northwest.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are one of the most disgusting pests on our list. They have been around for millions of years and are very adaptable, but they cannot survive extreme temperatures. They’re commonly found in pipes and drains. Cockroaches can trigger allergy symptoms and spread various diseases including Salmonellosis.

Experts in Pest Control

Given the fact these pests can squeeze through the smallest of openings, you’ll want to work with a professional, like United Pest Solutions when it comes to protecting your home against these pests. We’ve been providing environmentally-responsible pest control to homeowners in the Seattle and greater Eastside area of WA for over 60 years. Don’t let your home get overtaken by pests this fall, contact us instead!

Be Prepared, Fall is Spider Mating Season!

Spider in a web. United Pest Solutions serving Kirkland WA and Seattle WA talks about spider mating season and how to help keep spiders away.

Spider in a web. United Pest Solutions serving Kirkland WA and Seattle WA talks about spider mating season and how to help keep spiders away.You may be decorating your home with cobwebs and spiders this month, but real spiders give many people the creeps. Although spiders are natural predators that kill most insects in our homes and rarely bite humans, most people still don’t like the thought of them. This is why we at United Pest Solutions are offering tips you can try to help keep spiders out of your home this fall.

How to Get Rid of Spiders

Spiders are year-round pests, but if you feel like you’re seeing more of them this time of year, it’s because fall is their mating season here in the Pacific Northwest. Colder weather may also send spiders inside of your home, shed, or garage.

There are several ways spiders can gain access into your home so you’ll want to address them all.

Spider Control Indoors

  • Eliminate clutter: this includes boxes and piles of laundry. Spiders like to hide in cool, dark places where they’ll go undisturbed
  • Use airtight containers for storage: this will keep your belongings safe and keep spiders and other pests out
  • Remove spiderwebs: for existing spiderwebs, you can sweep them down or use your vacuum cleaner to get rid of them
    Vacuum, dust, and sweep regularly, paying particular attention to corners and underneath furniture
  • Install door sweeps
  • Replace weatherstripping

Spider Control Outdoors

  • Use a silicone-based caulk to seal all cracks outside of your home, pay attention to where utilities meet the inside of your home
  • If you keep firewood, store it away from your home
  • Remove vegetation and debris, like leaf piles
  • If you have shrubs near your home, trim them back so they aren’t touching your home
  • Wipe down any existing spiderwebs

Keep in mind, spiders eat insects so if you have things around your home that attract bugs and flies, like white light porch lights, for example, you may be attracting spiders that are looking for a meal.

We hope these tips help keep spiders out of your home this fall, but if you want a fast and effective way to get rid of spiders, you’re going to want to enlist the help of a professional. Pest control technicians have a unique knowledge of spiders and other pests native to the Pacific Northwest so they know how to treat and prevent them. Here at United Pest Solutions, we specialize in environmentally-safe and reliable pest control. So if you’re dealing with spiders, give us a call and we’ll make sure those creepy pests stay outside where they belong!

7 Pest-Proofing Tips for Fall

Man cleaning leaves out of gutter. United Pest Solutions serving Seattle WA talks about 7 pest proofing tips for fall.

Man cleaning leaves out of gutter. United Pest Solutions serving Seattle WA talks about 7 pest proofing tips for fall.Stores are showcasing their seasonal items, pumpkin-spiced treats are being released, and Halloween costumes are starting to trickle into store shelves. All of these are signs that fall is approaching, whether you’re ready for it or not.

Although fall is commonly thought of as a time when pests disappear, that couldn’t further from the truth. In fact, fall is a time of year when we see a spike in pest problems. But don’t fret, United Pest Solutions is here. We’re sharing our favorite (and affordable) pest-proofing tips to help you get ready for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

1. Declutter

Rodents and spiders like to nest in areas where they will go undetected and undisturbed. Garages, basements, crawl spaces, and sheds are prime locations for these pests. Cleanout your cluttered areas and use plastic bins with lids for storage.

2. Screen Openings

Walk around the outside of your home. See any small gaps or cracks insects or rodents could fit through? Remember, mice can fit through holes the size of a dime. We recommend you install screens on your vents, soffits, and chimney. For other cracks on your home, use steel wool to fill the hole and seal it with a silicone-based caulk. This is important for rat and mice prevention. Don’t forget those areas where your utilities meet your home!

3. Replace Weather Stripping

When was the last time you replaced your weather stripping? Proper, well intact weather stripping can go far in pest prevention. If your weather stripping is damaged or you can see light shine through when your door is closed, it’s time to replace it. Weather stripping is affordable and can be found in most hardware stores.

4. Eliminate Moisture

Like humans need water to live, so do pests. Dampness attracts various pests from ants and cockroaches to rats and mice. Repair leaky pipes, clear clogged drains, and clean out your gutters. A dehumidifier may also help in basements.

5. Maintain Landscaping

Did you know your shrubs, bushes, and plants may be attracting pests? Landscaping, overgrown weeds, and other types of vegetation serve as harborages for pests–they feel safe here. Trim any plants near your home to help discourage pests from hiding out there. Also, prune trees with overhanging branches. Squirrels and rodents are skilled climbers and often leap from branches to homes to gain access into attics.

6. Seal Your Garbage

It’s no surprise that raccoons are attracted to garbage, but rats, mice, wasps, cockroaches, and ants are also drawn in by those food odors. Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids to help prevent pests.

7. Keep Clean

One of the biggest steps you can take to help make your home less appealing to pests is to keep a clean and organized home. Don’t leave out dirty dishes. Don’t let junk pile up. Instead, wipe countertops, store food in airtight containers, clean up spills, and vacuum and/or mop regularly.

Is Your Home Protected Against Pests?

We hope these tips help you as you work to protect your home against pests this fall. If you have any questions, know that we’re just a phone call away!

The Top 9 Places Spiders Hide

Water on spider web. United Pest Solutions in Seattle WA talks about the top 9 places spiders hide in your home.

Water on spider web. United Pest Solutions in Seattle WA talks about the top 9 places spiders hide in your home.While homeowners don’t want any pests in their homes, they especially don’t want spiders. In fact, spiders are one of the most feared pests. While many spiders are generally harmless and helpful when it comes to gardens, others can be very dangerous.

Spiders are pretty adept when it comes to finding the best hiding places. So where are they hiding? We at United Pest Solutions have come up with the top 9 places spiders commonly hide.

1. Within Clutter

Books, newspapers, and other extra stuff piled in your garage or basement make wonderful hiding spots for spiders you may not want living in your home. If you have a lot of storage, use airtight containers and keep them stored off the ground.

2. In Ceiling Corners

This is the most common spot to see a spider in your home. While not exactly a hiding place, you should know spiders love corners because they are great for web-building and are often undisturbed. To help prevent spiders hanging out in the corners of your home, you may want to dust frequently.

3. In Garages

Spiders are attracted to places that are dark and secluded — areas where they will not be disturbed. So garages, attics, basements, and sheds are often infested by spiders. To help prevent spiders from gaining entry into these spaces, seal all potential entry points such as holes and cracks. You may also want to consider installing door sweeps.

4. In Closets

As mentioned previously, spiders are attracted to dark, secluded areas so you should be aware this might include up high in your closets or in shoes.

5. Beneath Sinks

Like most pests, spiders also thrive in moist conditions — which can be found beneath your sinks. Check beneath your sinks to ensure there are no leaks to help prevent water damage and prevent pests.

6. Under Furniture

Again, it’s about seclusion and darkness, both of which can be found underneath your furniture. To help prevent spiders from making homes underneath your favorite love seat, vacuum and clean underneath it often.

7. In Debris Piles

Woodpiles and rock piles attract many pests including spiders. If you keep firewood on your property, you may want to store it somewhere in your home or cover it firmly with plastic. Another option is to store it at least 20 feet away from your home and elevated off the ground. This will also help keep other pests, including rodents away from your home.

8. Within Wall Cracks

Wolf spiders often find their way into homes through cracks, crevices, and other small openings around your home. Seal cracks on the outside of your home and ensure screens are properly secured on your windows and doors. You’ll also want to install door sweeps to the bottoms of doors.

9. In Vegetation

Spiders, like most other pests, are attracted to vegetation including shrubs, trees, and plants. Keep your shrubs well-trimmed and away from your home.

If you keep clutter to a minimum and clean your home regularly there will be fewer places for spiders to hide. Once you have taken these preventive measures, you may also want to consider contacting your local pest company, like United Pest Solutions to discuss a year-round pest control plan. Technicians will not only help prevent spiders from invading your home but also eliminate insects that spiders see as a source of food.

Pest-Proof Your Home for Winter in 6 Steps

Rodent outside next to snow. United Pest Solutions talks about how homeowners in Seattle WA can pest-proof their home for winter in 6 steps.

Rodent outside next to snow. United Pest Solutions talks about how homeowners in Seattle WA can pest-proof their home for winter in 6 steps.Winter is coming and just like us, some pests will want to move indoors where it’s warm. The most common winter invaders are spiders, rats, mice, and cockroaches. Having an infestation by these pests can be damaging to both your health and your home if not properly treated. Rats and mice are destructive. They can also contaminate food and bring ticks, fleas, and lice into your home. Cockroaches carry harmful diseases including Salmonella, and spiders can bite if they feel threatened — which can result in a serious reaction for some people. This is why it’s important to make sure these pests can’t gain access into your home. Read more to learn how to pest-proof your home for winter in 6 easy steps.

6 Steps to Pest-Proof Your Home for Winter

1.Inspect

Walk around the interior and exterior of your home looking for signs of rodents. Inspect wires, walls, and your home’s insulation for gnaw marks.

2. Seal Cracks and Holes

While inspecting your home you’ll also want to be on the lookout for any cracks in your foundation and gaps in windows and doors where pests can easily fit through. You can use caulking to seal small cracks and weather stripping for windows and doors. If you have a chimney or air vents that need covering, use mesh screens to help keep them out.

3. Trim Tree Branches and Shrubs

Keep your trees and shrubs well-trimmed away from your home. Roof rats are highly-skilled climbers and will scale across branches to gain access to your roof and into your home.

4. Store Your Food in Airtight Containers

Left out food attracts rodents and cockroaches. So use airtight containers to store your food. Also, throw out the trash regularly.

5. Store Your Firewood High and Away From Your Home

If you keep firewood on your property, we recommend you store it at least 2 feet off the ground and at least 20 feet away from your home. Rats and mice are attracted to woodpiles and debris.

6. Keep Storage Boxes Off the Floor

Rodents and spiders like to live in areas that are undisturbed. So use sealed boxes and store them off the floor and on shelves to help prevent pests.

Whether you’ve tried these methods or believe you already have a pest infestation, it’s important to contact a professional like United Pest Solutions before it spreads. We’ll inspect your home, diagnose the problem, and eliminate your pest problem for good!