5 Ways to Keep Spiders Out of Your Home This Halloween
Southerners are no strangers to creepy crawly things. We are used to sharing our homes with blood-sucking mosquitoes and web-building spiders. These insects may be small, but their size doesn’t keep us from being uncomfortable when we find one in the corner or buzzing in our ear. Of course, a random spider here and there is an easy problem to fix—just vacuum it up and move on. But when you start to notice spiders and their webs becoming more common in your home, it can take on a bit too much of a haunted house kind of feel.
If you’re located in Texas, you can call a Fort Worth pest control company, but there are a few other ways to keep spiders out of your home.
Regularly Clean Dark & Quiet Areas
One of the best ways to keep your home free of spiders is to clean dark and quiet areas, like storage closets or the garage, if you have one. These parts of your house are easy for spiders to hide in without being disturbed.
If you clean these areas regularly, spiders will be much less likely to settle in for long. Using cleaners that smell like vinegar or citrus can also help keep spiders out of these areas when you clean.
Make sure to keep a vacuum nearby. This will make it easy to get rid of any spiders that might have decided to hang out in your closet or garage. You’ll also want to vacuum up any webs or egg sacs that you might come across while cleaning. Doing so will minimize the likelihood that more spiders will make your home their home as well.
While you clean your home, keep an eye out for other insects and pay extra attention to musty smells, areas with dead insects and areas where you store food. Musty smells and dead insects can indicate infestations of other insects, and food attracts insects, especially if not sealed correctly.
Spiders often come into our homes because they are attracted by the insects they want to eat, so keeping your home free of all insects will help prevent spiders from entering.
Block Spiders from Coming In
Spiders and other insects can come into your home in all sorts of ways. Many of these can be prevented, though you may still have an occasional spider show up.
One way spiders can end up in your home is if they are carried in on boxes, tools or other such items that may have been sitting for a while without being used or moved. If you have a garden or fruit trees, spiders may also be brought in with your fresh produce. If you want to prevent spiders from entering your home this way, check over any items you are concerned about before bringing them inside. You could also rinse off garden produce with water before bringing it into your kitchen.
When spiders are carried in, it’s unlikely to result in an infestation unless there are egg sacs carried in as well. Watch for egg sacs and get rid of them as soon as you find them to prevent any infestations.
Another way spiders enter your home is through little cracks or gaps. These may be very small, so you might not notice them if you don’t look for them. If you do start experiencing a spider infestation, however, you’ll want to take the time to look for these possible entries.
When you find the cracks and gaps that spiders may be using to get in and out of your home, simply seal them up with putty or a caulking tool. Check around your outside doorways as well because if the door and doorway don’t line up quite right, there may be gaps that insects and spiders can get through. In the South, painting the ceiling of your front porch or an outside area “haint blue” is believed to repel both spirits and creepy crawlies from entering.
Keep Pets in Your Home
Many people love keeping pets in their homes, and animals like dogs or cats can be particularly useful to keep around. Of course, if you or anyone in your family is allergic to animals, this likely won’t be a good option for you unless you can adopt a hypoallergenic pet.
However, if you can have pets safely in your home, it’s a good idea to consider. A dog or a cat will not only be a fun and cuddly addition to your family, but will also help you keep any pests under control.
Dogs and cats are helpful with pest control because they’ll chase down spiders and other pests to scare them off and keep their numbers down. And if any pests do show up in your home, your pet may catch or kill it for you.
Grow Plants that Repel Spiders
One of the best spider pest controls for your home is to grow plants that spiders don’t like. Spiders are particularly adverse to plants that are aromatic, so most plants with strong scents can help keep them at bay.
Many of us can grow herbs year-round in the South, and those like mint, lavender and rosemary can be grown outdoors or on a windowsill.
We really like this list of plants that keep spiders away if you want more ideas. The great thing about a lot of these plants is that they serve a dual purpose, so they not only repel spiders, but can be used in cooking or decorating as well.
If you want to use plants to keep spiders away from your home, try planting them near doorways and windows. This should help keep spiders from entering your home through common entrances. And if you know of places in your home that spiders really like, set up a potted plant or two near the area to discourage spiders from hanging out in those areas.
There are some people who prefer to use essential oils from these plants as spider and mosquito pest controls instead of the plants themselves. These oils can be effective, however, be careful using them if you have children or pets.
Choose the Best Spider Pest Control from Professionals
Though there are several ways to keep spiders out of your home on your own, DIY efforts are not always the best for pest control, especially if you have an infestation.
However, many people hesitate to use professional-grade pest control companies because they think they contain harmful chemicals. That can be true with some companies, but there are professionals who know how important it is to use safe and environmentally-friendly pest controls.