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How To Control Daddy Long Legsdaddy long legs

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While the Daddy Long Legs may be in the spider category on our website and are thought to be spiders from homeowners and people who encounter them, the Daddy Long Legs spider isn’t actually a spider at all. While they do have eight legs and resemble spiders, they do not classify mainly due to two characteristics that they are incapable of which spiders can do: they don’t spin webs nor have venom which they inject.

Daddy Long Legs are also known as harvestmen and have fragile bodies and extremely thin hair-like legs. They are called harvestmen because of their tendency to gather in large numbers in rural agricultural areas in the fall around harvest time. The more common “Daddy Long Legs” is based on its appearance of having legs much longer than its body. Daddy Long Legs have one body segment, two eyes, eight legs and are quite small spanning 5/16 of an inch in length.

Daddy longlegs are known by their common myth of being the most poisonous of all spiders but their fangs are too small to penetrate human skin. They neither are spiders nor create venom for that matter. However they are still a nuisance around the home and can congregate in large numbers in basements, crawl spaces and other dark and damp secluded places around the home but rarely appear indoors. They typically lay their eggs in soil, under rocks, or in cracks of wood or bark, and these eggs hatch in spring.

If gone uncontrolled, the Daddy longlegs can rise in population and leave traces of webbing around plants and other parts of your home. Solutions Pest and Lawn has the right products to eliminate this pesky pest so it no longer will be around to be a bother.

How To Get Rid Of Daddy Longlegs: 3 Step Solution

Daddy longlegs don’t like to enter indoor environments unless their is a sufficient source of water or dampness present. That is why they are commonly found in damp basements and cellars and are even called Cellar Spiders. While they are not a spider, controlling the daddy longlegs is generally similar to the way we would suggest controlling common house spiders. With the right product and the correct approach, you can wipe out daddy longlegs residing in your home. Here are the steps we recommend carrying out.

Step 1: To start, we suggest conducting a thorough cleanup of your home and reducing clutter. Tidy up your home, get rid of unnecessary items that are taking up space and especially clean up your storage spaces like closets and the garage and basement/attic. If you see any of their webbing around, break them down or vacuum them up. This will send a message to the daddy longlegs that they are not welcome.

Step 2: Exclusion. A home with cracks, gaps and holes is basically an invitation for the daddy longlegs and other insects to gain free access into your living space. To combat that, begin by sealing cracks on the outside of the home and putting up screens on doors and windows. Do a scan around your home for possible entry and use caulk to fill those gaps. Do this both inside and outside, taking away any places that daddy longlegs can hide or set up shop with their webbing. Drying up damp areas and fixing up moisture issues are also important to discourage daddy longlegs from hanging around

Step 3: Indoors, we recommend treating all your baseboards, around windows and doorways and any other crack or crevices where you think daddy longlegs might be entering or hiding with an insecticide aerosol spray with a good residual. You could also spray an insecticide containing pyrethrins in the places where you have found daddy longlegs. Make sure to focus spraying in corners in your basement and garage. Another good product that works in tandem with sprays is setting glue traps. Place traps in corners and along edges of walls. Place a plentiful amount of them around suspicious areas, especially if you know that there is more than a few daddy longlegs present. Before you know it, they’ll be captured in a glue board and will be stuck. After that you can easily dispose of them.

Step 4: Practice good housekeeping and implement a regular cleaning routine and organize your storage spaces will do wonders in preventing spiders from stepping foot in your home again.  Spray a perimeter treat around the outside of your home to discourage daddy longlegs or other insects from returning.

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