Preventing spiders in your home, one must consider that spiders prey on smaller pests that are also commonly found in your home and need a harborage. A major aspect of keeping spiders out of your home is to keep the pests they eat out as well and to prevent areas of your house being their harborage.
- Get rid of clutter. Clutter around the house like piles of clothes and open boxes, unused tires can provide excellent places for spiders and other pests to hide out. If you have unnecessary clutter, consider throwing away or getting rid of it. For the things you want to keep, store them in plastic bins with tight lids to seal out pests .
- Clean surfaces. Especially in the kitchen, keeping clean surfaces is an important aspect of getting a spider-free home. While spiders themselves won’t be attracted to the bits of food left behind on your counters and in your pantry, the pests that they prey on will find their way to leftover scraps of food.
- Seal cracks and crevices.Spiders and other pests penetrates our home thru small cracks and crevices. Take time to inspect both the exterior and interior of your home for small cracks and openings that pests can slip through. Inspect window sills, screens, baseboards, siding, plumbing wall penetrations. Seal them using caulking and repair broken screens and vents.
- Clean the perimeter of your house. Cleaning the exterior perimeter of our house is essential in preventing spiders in hiding thru vegetation, wood piles, and under rocks that are located close to your home. Cut back plants, bushes and remove debris close to the home to reduce the number of places spiders can find harborage and place to spun their webs.
- Keep outdoor lights off.Spiders are not necessarily attracted to your outdoor lighting, but the pests they eat certainly are. Shut off your exterior lights when not in use. If you need to have them on, consider switching out your incandescent outdoor light bulbs with lighting designed to reduce pest activity, like yellow bug light bulbs, LED lights, or sodium vapor lights.