It’s common to see more spiders in our homes during winter. Many people believe this is due to arachnids coming inside for shelter from the cold, but sometimes, these spiders have been in your home all year, and you’re just starting to see them leave their hiding places. Spiders are pretty good at staying out of sight, but if you’re noticing spiders in your home, there’s a good chance there are quite a few. Though they are often more helpful than harmful, spiders belong outdoors. Here are some tips for keeping spiders out of your home.
Seal Entry Points
While searching for food or looking for a good place to burrow, spiders might find cracks or holes in your exterior walls to use as an entryway into your home. Spiders will use the same entry points as other pests, so increase your house’s defense by sealing all gaps in the foundation, siding, and roof. Spiders are great climbers, so inspect your roofing area to ensure there are no entry points for spiders. Also, inspect and repair torn screens, as those can be used for spiders to get inside your home.
Vacuum Your Home
Vacuuming regularly can prevent a spider infestation before it happens. Vacuuming cleans up spider webs and eggs before you even notice them. Make sure to clean behind furniture and in small cracks because that is where spiders like to hide. Cleaning up food, waste, and other debris will also keep spiders away from your home. Vacuuming at least once a week will help keep your home free of spiders this winter.
Keep Outdoor Lights Off
Spiders aren’t attracted to lights, but their prey is. Flies and other small insects are attracted to lights, and spiders will stay near those lights to catch their prey. If you have lanterns or other lights surrounding your home, these could attract spiders to your property. If you are experiencing a spider infestation, consider turning the lights off for a few days.
Invest in Pest Control from On The Green, Inc.
Prevention is better than a cure, so regular pest prevention treatments to eliminate potential food sources are a significant step to keeping spiders from infesting your home. While there are home remedies to eliminate spiders yourself, due to their elusive nature, it is best to hire professionals to take care of any problems quickly. On The Green, Inc. offers our Home Pest Protection Plus to create a barrier around the home’s perimeter. Our service protects your home inside and out to remove and keep pests away, including spiders, crickets, ants, beetles, and more.
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