Most homeowners don’t like to see spiders sharing their space. Luckily, there are many ways to control spider populations year-round in your home. Follow these 8 steps and you should be able to reduce the number of spiders living in and around your house.
1. Control Other Insect Populations – Lead Spiders to Seek A More Reliable Food Source
The best way to keep spiders out of your home is to make sure there is no food for them in your home. Since spiders typically eat insects, like flies, mosquitos and moths, the best thing you can do to reduce spiders in your home is to eliminate their usual food source. Make sure to keep your windows shut or install window screens to keep insects outside where they belong.
2. Remove Clutter in Your Home – Eliminate Spider Hiding & Nesting Spots
Spiders like to hide and construct their webs in safe places. If there is a lot of clutter in your home, you are giving spiders more places to hide, spin webs and lay egg sacs. By removing clutter, such as old boxes, wood piles or unused tools and equipment, you can make the process of clearing out active spider populations that much easier.
3. Clean Your Home Regularly – Tell Spiders That They Are Not Welcome
On top of clearing out clutter, it’s important to clean your home regularly to help control insect populations. By regularly sweeping, mopping the floor and wiping down surfaces you can reduce spider webs and areas that spiders might seek shelter. Clearing away webs through regular cleaning efforts help communicate to spiders that your home is not an ideal place to set up shop.
4. Check The Fit of Your Windows and Screen – Keep Spiders Out
If you make it easy for spiders to enter your home, they will gladly accept the invitation. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your windows and screens fit and seal properly when closed. When your windows are shut completely, you can add an additional level of difficulty for spiders to enter your home.
5. Reduce Vegetation Near Your Home Foundation – Remove Exterior Spider Habitats
To reduce the number of spiders trying to enter your home, it’s important to reduce the greenery and shrubs that are near the base of your house. Spiders, as well as other insects, often make these plants their homes, however, if weather forces them to seek more reliable shelter, they will have easy access to your home. Simply cutting back branches from touching your home can help reduce the number of spiders attempting to enter.
6. Destroy Webs and Egg Sacs – Curtail New Spider Populations
This is a simple step to controlling spiders. When you see a spider web or egg sac, remove it and destroy it. This may mean wiping, sweeping, vacuuming or washing away webs and egg sacs in your home as well as the garage. Just make sure that egg sacs are properly discarded, especially if vacuumed, by removing your vacuum bag and placing it in an outside trash receptacle for removal.
7.Change Your Outdoor Lighting – Reduce Light Sources That Attract Spiders
Spider webs near such light fixtures, especially exterior lights, are a great way for spiders to attract a meal. Flies, gnats, mosquitos and moths are attracted to light sources and often get caught up in nearby webs. However, if you replace outdoor incandescent light bulbs with yellow or sodium vapor bulbs you can help reduce active spider populations on the exterior of your home.
8.Contact A Pest Control Expert For Regular Spider Inspection and Long Term Control Strategies
Sometimes, the location of your home or the active spider population in the area is just too much to take on alone. When you’re looking for a more proactive approach to spider control, make sure to contact an experienced professional. Working with a pest control company can help keep your home spider free and make your house a more comfortable place to relax and enjoy!