Don't Let Scary Spiders Ruin Your West TN Halloween!

Most people are at least a little bit scared of spiders, and why not? We think of the deadly black widows, the movie-worthy tarantulas, and the soldier-scaring camel spiders, and we see eight-legged little monsters. Add to that the facts that hey are silent, sneaky, creepy-crawlies that are hard to avoid in the woods, hard to find when you walk through their webs, and hard to stop from coming into your house. They are masters of the ambush and skilled at camouflage. Scary!!

While, admittedly, many species of spiders are helpful in that they help control insect populations, there are also those that are harmful to people and pets. Take the brown recluse spider, for example: this spider lives in dark corners and places inside houses, between books on bookshelves, under furniture, and in boxes or bags that are in dark, dry places. Though not usually overly aggressive, humans do get bit fairly frequently by brown recluses because they share the same habitat, and the arachnid is often not easily seen.

If you have seen spiders in your home or on you property, and you'd like to not just get rid of those that are there, but to also take preventative action, let our Homestead Pest Management team come to your West TN home or property, assess the level of the problem you have, and prescribe a course of action that best meets your needs. No contract required! Contact us today!

Tips for Taming Fall and Winter Pests

Fall and winter bring temperatures that, while keeping many insects at bay, bring larger mammalian rodents like squirrels and rats out of the cold looking for warmer climes.  They are happy to set up a new residence inside your home or other properties.  According to


“’Rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States every winter,’ says Missy Henriksen, an NPMA spokesperson. ‘But with many places already experiencing cold weather conditions, it is important to be proactive and vigilant in preventing these pests from becoming unwelcome houseguests.’


These little punks are not coming to sing you carols.


Rodents carry all sorts of nasty diseases, like Salmonella and Hantavirus and can chew straight through wallboards and electrical wiring.


If you don't want to blow your holiday savings on bug busters, check out the NPMA's tips on simple, affordable ways to keep your home pest-free this winter:


·        Store items in boxes and plastic sealed containers, rather than cardboard boxes.
·        Keep food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
·        Install screens over chimney vents and openings.
·        Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
·        Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around basement foundation and windows.
·        Install gutters or diverts to channel water away from your home.
·        Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and five feet off the ground.
·        Inspect wires, insulation and walls for any signs of gnaw marks.


If you find rodent feces, hear sounds of scurrying in the walls or observe other signs of an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional” like Homestead Pest Management of West TN.



HPM is here to help you evaluate the extent of your pest issues, rid your West TN home and property of any infestations, and maintain a pest-free environment with ongoing routine and scheduled service.  Contact us today for more information about all our pest control services in West TN!


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