Many people have a true fear of spiders and many more don’t particularly like sharing a living space with them. Spiders can be beneficial creatures, but that does not mean that you need to worry about them in your house. Take control of your spider problems by learning where they commonly live and how to get rid of them.
Most spiders are harmless and prefer the great outdoors to your home. They tend to mind their own business and do the great task of getting rid of annoying insects. Occasionally, outdoor spiders will find their way into your home through doors, windows, and other crevices. Even more often, the spiders that you suddenly find in your home have actually been there all along. Most house spiders spend their whole lives indoors, so where have they been hiding?
House spiders like to live in quiet, undisturbed areas of your home that provide them with moisture and food, which in this case is other bugs. Common hiding places include:
- Crawl Spaces
- Storage boxes
- Other areas of clutter
Spider Prevention and Control
Spiders will only live where there is an ample supply of food, so do your best to control the insect population both outside and inside your home. It is also important to check produce and other food before bringing it into your home, as spiders may hitch a ride in it. You should also seal the exterior of your home to prevent entry of spiders and other household pests. Here are some other tips to prevent spiders.
- Seal holes or gaps on the exterior of your home
- Store firewood away from the house
- Turn off outdoor lights or switch bulbs to ones that will not attract as many bugs
- Fix any leaky pipes or faucets
- Use plastic storage boxes over ones made of cardboard
- Make sure windows and doors seal tightly and have screens
If you already have a spider problem inside your home, there are several different home pest control products that can help you get rid of them. Harris Spider Traps can be used to monitor the spider population in your home. Place them in common areas where spiders are found. If you start catching a large number of spiders on your sticky traps, you can take other actions to control them. Harris also makes a liquid Spider Killer that can be used to kill spiders on contact and is safe for indoor and outdoor use.
With a few preventive measures, you can keep spiders away from your home. For more information on spiders, check out Spiders: The Ultimate Guide.