Preventing Spiders From Occupying Your Home

Plus tips on how to reduce their number.


Spiders are naturally outdoor creatures. It means they prefer to thrive on an outside environment. However, there are some of them that have successfully found their way inside our living spaces, the purpose of which is to search for either food or shelter. Though we sometimes are fascinated with their mysterious behavior and appearance, spiders are nothing but pests the moment they enter your premises.

Just like most other pests, the best way to get rid of them is to keep them out. To do that, you have to start reading these tips:

Keeping Them Out

spiders at homeKeeping spiders out is your priority, provided they haven’t entered your home yet. First up, seal up everything you can find. Cracks and holes need to be patched up, particularly those leading from the outside. The purpose is to prevent spiders from finding their way indoors.

You can use caulk in order to fill large gaps in closed windows and doors. You may also want to caulk around the wires, faucets, cables, and electrical components that run to the outside. Don’t forget to replace any window screens that are already torn. Keep in mind that spiders can find their way through the smallest holes so it makes perfect sense if you cover the vents as well as the chimneys with very fine mesh screens originally intended for insects. Outdoor lights must be turned off. Though lights won’t attract spiders, it will attract other smaller insects, which then can attract spiders because those insects will serve as food sources for them.

There is nothing wrong with vegetation but make sure you keep them away from the home’s perimeter. In case there’s a serious infestation of spider at home, you may want to contemplate on transplanting trees, shrubs, ivy, and other kinds of plants from the perimeter to the opposite side of your yard. Know that vegetation easily attracts spiders since it gives them plenty of places to hide. When they see food, they just crawl out of the vegetation to your home through those cracks and small holes.

Overall, keeping your home clean will help a lot. A cleaner home means fewer places to hide for the spiders.

Proven Pest Control Techniques

Another tip in getting rid of spiders in your house is to utilize proven pest control methods. One of the simplest yet very effective techniques is to vacuum the spiders and their spider webs. This works well when you’re simply trying to eliminate a few spiders you see. It may not work if you already have a serious infestation.

Actually, there’s no need to kill spiders. What you need to do is simply transfer them outside. They are not really destructive pests compared to rats, bugs, and roaches. In fact, you can benefit from their existence, provided they’re located outside.
Another proven solution is using residual insecticide. You use it by spraying the corners and cracks. Use a commercial pesticide that has pyrethroid in it. Be sure you follow the instructions on the label in order to prevent accidental poisoning. If you have pets at home, you have to be doubly careful for them not to ingest the pesticide.

Understand that spiders are the lesser of the evils, referring to the other pests typically found inside your home. They’re much better than others because of the fact that they kill tons of other pests. But once their number increases without control, you will eventually be facing a major pest control issue.

If all else fails, you can go ahead and call a professional pest control company or exterminator. Most of the time, a large and serious spider infestation will not be stopped without taking measures that only professionals can perform. For instance, they have the necessary permits to be able to use stronger chemical pesticides and solutions. But you have to be aware that some of those pesticides can be so strong that you will be required to temporarily vacate your premises for a couple of days. The burden of having to vacate your home is one reason why most homeowners will be satisfied with repelling or transporting the spiders instead of killing them once and for all. Some homeowners are willing enough to pick up those spiders and move them outside.

Natural Remedies

spider repellentThere are also several ways to deter spiders using nothing but stuff you see in your kitchen. For instance, horse chestnuts are quite effective. You just put a few of them in each corner of the home and other areas where you see spiders most of the time. If you don’t have horse chestnuts, you can use chestnuts, fruit of the Osage orange tree, and even walnuts.

Meanwhile, you may also use peppermint oil and spray it inside your home. You can fill a standard spray bottle with it together with water. Focus on the cracks and corners of your home. The smell of peppermint oil will deter spiders because they cannot tolerate the smell. If you cannot stand peppermint oil yourself, the two effective alternatives are eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil.

The last kind of natural remedy is diatomaceous earth. It is a powder made out of naturally-formed fossils of a water animal called the diatom. Aside from the fact that it serves as a natural deterrent to spiders, it is also completely safe for humans and domesticated pets.

Spiders You Should Be Afraid Of

black widowWe’ve been extensively talking about how to prevent spider infestation. However, as a homeowner, you need to learn what sort of spiders you should be afraid of because not all of them can harm you and your family. As a matter of fact, there are only two species of them that you should be cautious. These are the notorious and very dangerous black widow and the brown recluse spider, which by the way looks very scary.

The black widow spider is primarily found in the southern part of the U.S. These spiders are distinguished by their red hour glass shape found on their backs. They also come out during the night. They love to join in the clutter so you usually see them in your garage, wood pile, and in cardboard boxes. In order to avoid getting bitten by a black widow spider, make sure you shake out your things, especially your shoes and blankets before using them. Brown recluses on the other hand are found in the Midwestern region. They are tougher to identify compared to a black widow. The unique thing about them is their eyes. They’re likely found inside the house instead of the yard or garage.

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