Spiders are common overwintering pests, coming inside your home in search of food, shelter, and even a mate. They prefer quiet, secluded places where they won’t be disturbed, making your home the ideal place for them to hide out.
Spiders are attracted to households for several reasons. Spiders eat other insects, such as mosquitoes, flies, and roaches; if you have an overabundance of these other household pests, spiders will also come in search of a food supply. Spiders will also come inside for a warm place to stay until warmer weather arrives. During mating season, spiders will also come indoors in search of a mate, especially if you already have spiders present in your home.
Spiders are beneficial to have around your home because they can be a form of natural pest control against other pests. However, if you want to keep spiders out of your home, consider these spider prevention tips:
- Check your foundations for cracks and repair them immediately.
- Check windows and doors each season. Repair any cracks and check seals.
- Declutter, especially in basements, attics, closets, and pantries; this limits the places they can hide.
- Vacuum and dust frequently, especially in rooms that are seldom used.
- Check any items before bringing them indoors, including pets, firewood, plants, boxes, decorations, etc.).
- Invest in routine pest control. Eliminating other pests limits food sources for spiders, leaving them to search other places for a meal.
If you have a problem with spiders or other household pests, contact your local pest control company for an evaluation.