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How to Prevent Spiders in Your Home

Below we’re tackling a common but tricky problem—keeping spiders out of your home. No one wants these eight-legged guests crawling around, right? Well, you’re in luck because there are plenty of natural, safe ways to keep them at bay without reaching for harsh chemicals. Let’s dive into some effective strategies that are easy to implement and also kind to the planet.

Natural Spider Repellents

First off, let’s talk plants and oils. Did you know that spiders aren’t fans of certain strong smells? Plants like lavender, mint, and eucalyptus can be great spider repellents. Plant them around your home, and you’ll notice fewer spiders trying to set up shop. Not much of a green thumb? No worries—grab some essential oils like peppermint or tea tree oil. 

Just a few drops around your doors and windows can make a big difference. And here’s a quick DIY spray tip: mix water with a bit of lemon juice or white vinegar and spritz it in the corners. Spiders hate it, and it’s totally natural!

Maintaining a Clean and Clutter-Free Environment

Alright, let’s keep rolling with some good old-fashioned tidiness. Keeping your house clean isn’t just about looking nice—it’s also about being less inviting to spiders. Make sure you vacuum regularly, especially in those out-of-the-way places like basements and attics. Spiders love dark, cluttered spaces, so the cleaner your home, the less attractive it is to them.

And don’t forget about the outdoors! Clearing away leaves, debris, and especially those old webs can make your yard less appealing to spiders. Think of it as housekeeping for your garden. 

A tidy yard means fewer insects for spiders to munch on and fewer reasons for them to come closer to your home. Plus, it keeps other pests away too, so it’s a win-win!

Modifying Home Lighting

Now, let’s shed some light—or rather, less of it—on another simple trick. Spiders aren’t attracted to light, but the bugs they feast on sure are. By dialing down your outdoor lighting, you indirectly make your home less appealing to spiders. 

Consider switching to motion-detector lights or using timers to keep the lights off when they’re not needed. This small change can significantly reduce the buffet line of insects that spiders come for.

Physical Barriers and Exclusion Techniques

Getting more defensive, and sealing up your home can do wonders. Check out the edges of your windows and doors. See any gaps? A bit of weather stripping or a new door sweep can seal them up tight. Don’t forget about screens on windows and vents, too. If there are holes or tears, it’s time for a repair. By blocking these entry points, not only do you keep spiders out, but you also improve your home’s energy efficiency—bonus!

Utilization of Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is kind of like the secret weapon in the pest control world. It’s a powder made from fossilized algae and works well against a bunch of pests, including our not-so-welcome spiders. Just sprinkle some around the foundation of your home, focusing on areas where spiders might sneak in. It’s safe for your garden but lethal for insects, as it dehydrates them upon contact. Just remember to reapply after it rains!

diatomaceous earth

Leveraging Natural Predators

This might sound a bit wild, but promoting natural predators in your yard is like having your own pest control team on duty 24/7. Birds and even some other insects can help keep the spider population down. Consider installing a bird feeder or bird bath to attract these helpful critters. And don’t be too quick to shoo away those ladybugs and praying mantises—they’re great at munching on the bugs that might otherwise feed your spider guests.

Regular Practices to Keep Spiders Away

Consistency is key when it comes to keeping spiders at bay. Regularly check and clear out any spider webs you find with a duster or vacuum. This removes existing spiders while also preventing future generations since some spiders lay eggs in their webs. Moreover, tackle the root of the problem by eliminating other insects in your home. No food means no spiders. Simple traps for flies, mosquitoes, and ants can cut off their food supply, making your home less inviting.

Wrapping It Up

Combining these methods can effectively reduce the number of spiders in your home. From natural deterrents to physical barriers, each strategy plays a crucial role in keeping those creepy crawlies out. Remember, the goal isn’t just to get rid of spiders but to create an environment where they’re less likely to visit in the first place. Stick with it, and soon you’ll see fewer spiders hanging around. Thanks for following along, and here’s to a spider-free home!

Putting a year-round pest control plan from Moyer into place is a surefire way to make sure that spiders and other pests don’t take up residence in your home; in fact, all three of our home protection plans include spider prevention and treatment! Give us a call at 215.799.2010 or fill out the form below and we will contact you.

Updated: 5/20/2024


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