As the weather gets colder, you may start to notice more and more spiders entering your home. Not only can they be a nuisance and make a mess with their webs, but some spiders can also be a danger to your family, like black widows. By taking some preventive steps now, you can help ensure that your home will be a spider-free zone this year.
1. Seal the Exterior of Your Home
The most important thing that you can do to prevent spiders in your home is to seal the exterior properly. Spiders can squeeze through extremely narrow cracks in your foundation and walls to enter your home. Walk slowly around your house looking for any and all entry points. For small cracks and gaps, use silicone caulk to fill them. Larger holes can be filled using hardware cloth, followed by spray foam. After you have finished with the walls, check your windows and doors. Ensure that all screens fit snugly and do not have any tears in them. Fix or replace any problems that you may find. Lastly, check the weatherstripping along the side of the doors. It should create a tight seal, without any gaps. These measures will help protect against spiders and many other types of household pests. They will also improve your home’s energy efficiency, thus lessening your heating and cooling bills. When it comes to sealing the exterior of your home, it’s a win-win situation!
2. Keep Your Home Clean
In your efforts to keep spiders out of your house, another important step to take is to establish a regular cleaning schedule to keep your home clean and tidy. If you have spider webs in your home currently, it is best to remove them so that the spiders are less likely to return to that area. Remove webs by using a vacuum hose to suck them up or sweep them away from the walls and ceiling with a broom. Next, you need to vacuum and dust frequently. This will remove any leftover webs, eggs, or nymphs that may be present in your home. By keeping up with a good cleaning routine, you can break the lifecycle of the spider population in your home and keep them at bay.
Spiders, insects, and even rodents thrive in dark areas of clutter. Piles of debris will keep them hidden and provide them with a safe place to live. These piles of clutter can be indoors or outside, so both places need to be addressed. Whether it is leaves and wood piles in the backyard or cardboard boxes and scrap paper in your home, clutter needs to be removed if you hope to eliminate spiders. Take some time this fall to sort through your possessions and get rid of things that you don’t need.
4. Change Outdoor Lights
It is common knowledge that insects are attracted to light. Where you find insects, you will find the spiders that eat them. This is one reason that you will often find large numbers of spiders near your front and back doors. If possible, it is very helpful to get rid of outdoor lighting near doors and windows. This isn’t always feasible due to concerns with safety and convenience, so there are other options to try as well. You can relocate the light further away from the door, or in the very least, point it away from entry points. The other simple solution that will cut down on the number of insects around your lights is to change the color of your lightbulb. Insects are particularly attracted to bright white lights, so consider changing to a yellow, orange, or pink bulb. Although not a perfect solution, it will cut down on insects and hopefully, spiders.
5. Hire a Professional Pest Control Company
If you have tried all of the above tips and are still dealing with large numbers of spiders, it might be time to hire a professional pest control company to help get the problem under control. Regular pest control treatments, combined with these preventive tips will go a long way toward eliminating the spiders for good. Combs Pest Control is an elite squad of trained and licensed professionals. It is our goal to make sure that we eliminate the pests from your home in an effective way that is safe for your family and pets. We proudly serve the Treasure Valley and can take care of everything from ants and roaches to mice and rats. Give us a call today and let us earn your business.