How to Keep Spiders Out of Your Home: Where Spiders like to Hide
Why Are Spiders in My Home?
How do you get spiders in the house? House spiders find their way in through gaps that make tiny entryways for them. Any type of house spider can hunker closer to the ground and effectively make themselves smaller to fit through unseen gaps and cracks in the home. They’ll usually enter in search of prey.
It’s important to note if you’re seeing the same type of spider over and over again, or if you’re simply seeing many different types of spiders. Different types of spiders often point to bugs getting into your home, and spiders feeding on them. Seeing the same type of spider repeatedly could point to a more sustained population of spiders in the house.
Where do Spiders Like to Hide?
Keeping spiders at bay is easily one of the top goals of many homeowners. After all, the last thing you want to do is peek here or there and find a spider hiding out or an egg sac attached to your belongings. Eliminating spiders in your home, though, can take a bit of work. The best way to stop them is to know where they love to hide. This quick guide of three main places can help.
Some spiders have daytime hiding places and nighttime hiding spots, and while they won’t spend a long time hiding under your furniture, it’s certainly possible for this to be one of the hideouts. They’re looking for places you won’t be, and how many people actually hang out under their sofas? Run the vacuum under the furniture occasionally, and you’ll be in a better position to keep spiders out.
Under the Sink
Spiders need a few different things to survive, but one of them is water. It can’t survive without it, and while some spiders need water more than others, all of them need it on some level, making the spot under your sinks the perfect place for them to hide. Keep it as clean as possible, though, and fix any leaks immediately, and you can cross this off your spider hideout list.
In the Clutter
Whether you’re talking about the basement, the garage, or the attic, if you have a ton of clutter, the chances are good that you have at least one spider hiding out there. Spiders want a quiet, undisturbed area, and often clutter provides that for them. Clear the clutter, and you make the area far less friendly to spiders.
Spiders are very good at hiding out, so make your job eliminating all of the possible hiding spots, and you’ll keep the spiders out of your home.
How to Keep Spiders Out of Your House
For many people, there’s nothing quite as terrifying as seeing a spider on the floor, the wall, or even the ceiling. Spiders are some of the creepiest of the creepy-crawly lineup and keeping them out of your home has to be your top priority. How you keep spiders out is by finding and eliminating a spider infestation. Since there are so many types of spiders, tactics for locating them, cleaning them out, and controlling them vary according to the kind of spider pestering you. These three tips can help get rid of spiders in your home.
Remember to eliminate dust and clutter wherever possible. Spiders are looking for a safe place to live and hide, and the fewer spaces you give them, the less likely you are to see them. Vacuum in those hidden spaces like under the couch and under the bed too.
Remove Entry Points
Look outside your home to see what might attract spiders (and other pests) in. If you keep bushes and plants well-trimmed and away from the foundation of your home, mulch and stone at least an inch or two out from the foundation, cracks, and holes sealed, and screens on both windows and doors tight, you’ll have fewer problems with spiders.
Install a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier will help with spiders in your home. Spiders seem to be attracted to humid homes. If you can, install a dehumidifier in your home and you’ll be far less likely to have a large spider population. With spiders liking humid and dark areas, a dehumidifier can remove some of this moisture and most likely the spiders along with it.
Do Sprays Work to Control House Spiders?
Spiders are incredible creatures with a special and important role in the ecosystem. The seemingly infinite variety in their species is amazing. Spiders come in sizes from huge to tiny, from brilliantly multicolored to solid black. They trap and eat more annoying and dangerous bugs like flies and mosquitos. Very few US spiders are venomous and most pose no threat to humans. And absolutely none of this will make them a welcome guest in your home.
House spiders are not very cooperative when it comes to traditional methods of eradication. They spend most of their time in webs, not in contact with any pesticide-treated surfaces. Their bodies are held high above the ground, at least when compared to other pests. Only their tiny feet come in contact with sprayed surfaces so don’t they pick up much of the toxin. Even if they did, there’s no circulatory system there to bring the toxin into the body and vital organs.
You have to apply a direct hit to the spider if you’re using a spray. It isn’t going to conveniently groom it off its body with its mouth as an ant will. It won’t spread it to a nest as a roach might. A shoe or rolled newspaper is typically more effective than a spray when it comes to spiders!
When Should I Call a Professional?
Of course, you may already have a sustained infestation in the house that’s drawing those spiders in. Alternately, you may have a sustained infestation of spiders themselves. A few bugs and the spiders that follow are something you can handle. For any problem that becomes bigger or longer-lasting than this, you need to call a professional pest exterminator like Ransford at 508-756-5197. Full-blown infestations should not be handled on your own.