Spider season is upon us! Chances are, you’ve seen a couple of these creepy crawlers in and around your home lately. While most of the common house spiders don’t pose any real threat to you and your family, they’re still considered unwanted houseguests by the majority of people. So why are you seeing spiders and how you can keep them out?
Why are you seeing spiders?
While spiders are active throughout the year, they’re more likely to come indoors in the late summer and fall months. Outdoor spiders usually reproduce in the Spring, so young spiders slowly mature through Summer and become adult spiders later in the year, making them more visible to us. As male spiders mature, they begin seeking a mate, which may be inside your home (eek!).
It’s also common to have a spider problem if you have pets. Why? Because people with pets usually have a yard and your pet’s playground can attract flies. Flies provide a food source for spiders, making them more likely to hang out around your home.
To find out what type of spiders you’re seeing, visit our Spider Learning Center.
What health threats do spiders pose?
Not all spiders are dangerous. And if you’re less creeped out by spiders than other common pests, like roaches, flies, and mosquitoes, then it may be best to coexist. Spiders will eat these pests…free pest control! They also eat other spiders, thereby reducing your spider population naturally.
On the other hand, spiders can pose certain risks to your family. If spiders feel threatened, they may bite…and spider bites can be painful and unpredictable. The reaction caused by spider bites is different for everyone, depending on the type of spider and the individual that’s bitten.
How to control spiders in your house
If you’re don’t like the idea of spiders hanging out around your house, there are a few things you can do to help prevent them from coming inside.
1. Avoid bringing in anything that spiders may travel in – wood, debris, plants, etc. (anything that’s been sitting outside for an extended period of time)
2. Regular pest control – professional or DIY – to keep other common pests out of your home. If you have other pests, spiders are likely to make an appearance, looking for a steady food source
3. Dust your home frequently, including areas where spiders like to live: corners, windows, any dark areas that are less frequented
4. Keep mulch away from the perimeter of your home
5. Eliminate pet waste from your yard regularly
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