If you live in a house or an apartment, seeing the occasional spider is just a part of life.

A typical house spider is a common pest that comes in all shapes and sizes, and while some are actually helping you out in ways you may not realize, there are dangerous and even deadly types that can wreak havoc on your home and your health, and some can even kill you.

Many common spider species, though creepy, are actually beneficial to your home in that they prey on and kill more pesky critters like cockroaches, moths, mosquitoes and flies. Seeing an occasional spider may startle you, but remember that the majority of these house species are completely harmless and even helpful, and that seeing the occasional spider is not a sign of an infestation.

However, there are dangerous and deadly house spiders out there, and it is important to be able to identify them properly. For instance, the brown recluse and black widow are venomous and can enter your home easily. Both of these species are easily identifiable by their relatively large size and long, skinny legs.

Even the house spiders which we consider to be friendly can lead to an unwanted infestation. A spider can lay up to 200 eggs at a time, and before you know it, your house can be crawling with them on every surface, leading to an unpleasant living situation to say the least.

To avoid the risk of infestations, it is best to know how to prevent these pests from entering your home in the first place. Many pest control companies will recommend using chemical deterrents which can be harmful to your health, but fortunately, there are natural and environmentally-friendly ways to keep spiders out that work just as effectively and quickly.

To prevent spiders from entering your home, there are many easy preventative measures which you can take. Applying caulk around your doors and windows will seal entryways often vulnerable to pest intrusions. It is also helpful to clear the area along the outside of your home of excess leaves and grass clippings, which are known hiding places for all types of insects. Keeping your porch light off is also helpful as the bright outdoor lights attract moths, a known spider prey.

Keeping a tidy home is also important. Spider species of all kinds love to hide, and by reducing the clutter inside your home you are eliminating these spaces which spiders love to inhabit. Natural herbs and essential oils are also very effective repellents. All spider species hate the smells of eucalyptus, lavender, citronella, peppermint, and tea tree. By spraying any of these essential oils around your home you should see fewer of these pests creeping around.

If you have a pest infestation which is beyond your control, or you desire a professional to come and prevent this common pest from entering your home, call YES Pest Pros. YES Pest Pros is a team of pest control specialists who effectively and quickly remove pests of all kinds from your home. They also know how to prevent unwanted pests from entering your home in the first place. These specialists are experts in environmentally-friendly pest control, allowing you to live pest-free without the fear of harmful chemicals filling your home.