If you’ve noticed an increase of spiders inside your Florida home, it can be quite alarming for most homeowners! While most spiders are not dangerous to humans and are considered a benefit to our environment, it doesn’t mean you want them inside your house. With several species found in Florida, including daddy long legs, southern house spider, black widows, and more, it’s inevitable to come across one, but it’s easy to prevent, reduce, or eliminate their presence around your home. Check out the reasons why spiders are entering your home and easy spider prevention tips to avoid them in the future.
Why Do Spiders Enter Homes?
Spiders enter homes to search for food and find a habitat to continue looking for prey to feed on. Spiders eat insects, so if you’ve found webs around your home, it’s likely that those spiders found their food source. Inspect the inside and outside of your home for spider signs, these include spider webs, egg sacs, insects they feed on, or the spiders themselves.
How Can I Stop Spiders from Invading My Home?
There are several ways you can help reduce spider activity on your property. Spiders are looking for food, so it’s important to reduce the amount available to them by removing other household pests from your property. You can reduce the insects on your property by:
- Keeping your outside garbage cans covered and sealed with a tight lid
- Keep your exterior lights off at night or replace your white lights with yellow lights
- Address any moisture problems throughout your home, including clogged gutters, leaky pipes, crawlspace issues.
- Some insects like certain vegetation, such as weeds, look to reduce some around your home.
Not only is it important to reduce the insect population to avoid spiders, but it is equally important to deter them from even entering your home. Consider these spider prevention tips to avoid them from invading indoors:
- Seal any holes or openings found in your windows, doors, and foundation.
- Repair torn screens, broken windowpanes, and damaged seals.
- Spiders can slip under doors, consider installing weatherstripping to close that gap.
- Spiders like to hide in clutter, so remove unnecessary items in your yard such as old tires, rock piles, old lumber, and even old vehicles.
- Keep a tidy home and remove old newspapers or magazines.
If you’ve noticed more spider activity than you’re used to, consider calling your local Florida pest control company for help. These professionals will provide you with a thorough inspection and recurring pest control plan to help avoid spiders and other household pests in the future.