Did you know that there are 3,000 spider species in North America? If you think that’s scary, imagine how many are trying to sneak into your house this summer.
Spiders can be all over your house. They love dark, moist areas like attics, basements, garages, closets, foundations and bathrooms.
Other dark areas like unused rooms, under furniture and inside houseplants can also be home to stowaway spiders. These places are often more cluttered, which helps the spiders hide.
Steps to Keep Spiders Out
The first step is identifying where spiders are. Now that you know that, you can begin the process of preventing them with these steps:
- Declutter your home. If you remove the clutter, you remove the spider’s safety and shelter.
- Ensure that cracks and pipes are properly sealed to reduce moisture and easy access.
- Keep your house clean, so they do not have access to food and water. If you have crumbs, it can attract smaller pests that spiders’ prey on.
- Clean around your home and remove any vegetation, trash or debris close to your house to eliminate the shelter and pathways into your home.
These are many home remedies that can provide a more affordable way of keeping spiders out of your home if you are against the use of chemicals:
- Bring ladybugs into your garden. They share the same food source, and if you eliminate spiders’ food source, they have to seek it elsewhere.
- Use essential oils. These oils include peppermint, cedar oil, citrus, chestnut, cinnamon, lavender and eucalyptus. Vinegar can also work. The scent is highly hated by spiders and other small insects and works as a natural repellent. These are effective as long as you spray them around doorways, windows and wall crevices where spiders come in to deter them.
- Get a pet, like a cat, that like to chase or eat any insects and spiders, as long as they are not poisonous.
- Take loose leaf tobacco and spread it where they go or make balls and place them strategically around your house to repel spiders.
Home remedies help with prevention, but not if the spiders are already inside. There are a lot of dangerous species, such as the hobo spider, orb weaver spiders, and black widow spiders.
You can get a free estimate at Valley Pest Solutions to have a team of pest management professionals assess your home and treat it. To set up an appointment, contact Valley Pest Solutions today.