As the temperatures continue to drop and the sky grays, you prepare for the onslaught of winter by cozying up your home. Your home stands as a beacon of light against the bleak landscape—an inviting symbol for all those who see it…but just who are you attracting?
Contrary to popular belief, spiders do not flee to people’s homes to escape the winter cold…but there is a good possibility that you are seeing more of them in your space. As weather conditions continue to worsen as the winter progresses, we tend to spend more time indoors, which can make us more familiar with our surroundings—and the spiders that inhabit it…
Okay, just because spiders aren’t pouring into our homes at alarming numbers doesn’t mean we want to keep the stragglers already present. That leads us to questions like where are they hiding, and more importantly, how can we prevent them?Let AAA Exterminating, a pest control company in Indianapolis with over 65 years of experience, help you spider-proof your home! Read below for more spider knowledge and learn how to prevent them!
They Reside in the Shadows
Think of spiders as creatures of solitude. They seek out undisturbed areas within your home to weave their webs and look for food. They tend to live in areas with moisture, because water draws other insects which can then be preyed upon by the spider.
Spiders are often drawn to cluttered areas within a home, because it provides more opportunities for them to hide and spin their webs. Common areas to spot spiders include:
- Storage Rooms
- Cracks in your walls
- Bathroom Cabinets
- Under the Kitchen Sink
- Under furniture
Spiders Eat What in My House?
This is not the answer most homeowners want to hear, but spiders feed on other pests within the home.
Common spider snacks include:
As discussed above, spiders tend to hang out near moist areas, like below kitchen sinks, where other insects are likely to gather for water. On average, the typical house spider can survive four to eight weeks without food. Though spiders do not need to eat frequently, they will if they have a plentiful food source.
How to Prevent Spiders in Your Home
Though spiders eat other pests within the home, they can still cause a great amount of fear and anxiety (especially for arachnophobes), which is why they must go!
So how does one prevent sharing their home with spiders…?
#1 Prevent Their Entrance
Spiders are masters at sneaking into homes—often through small cracks and unsecure doors leading to the outside. So to stop their entrance, you must seal up common entry points such as:
- Window or door screens that have small holes and tears
- Small cracks in the home’s foundation and exterior walls
- Window gaps
By sealing gaps and cracks, spiders will have less of a chance to slip in unnoticed.
#2 Stop Stowaways
Spiders love to hide in old boxes—especially ones that you may have stacked in the garage or piled in your car. Before you carry any box or storage container into your home, make sure you shake it out or check it for spiders.
Additionally, when storing clothes or other items, place your belongings into tightly secure, plastic containers. This helps prevent spiders from entering your storage boxes and building webs or laying their eggs.
#3 Kill Their Food Source
Without a food source, spiders are not likely to stick around. The best way to ensure that their food source is eliminated is to employ common pest control measures. This can include using home and perimeter spray to control pests or using a pest control company in Indianapolis, Indiana to curb insects.
Still Can’t Shake Them?
Listed above are just a few ways to prevent spiders from entering your home, but sometimes more thorough measures are needed—especially if you have an infestation.
Contact AAA Exterminating to remove spiders and other common household pests or to get answers to your extermination questions. As a recent winner of the 2018 Angie’s List Super Service Award, AAA Exterminating is an Indianapolis pest control company dedicated to providing exceptional exterminating services and professionalism that can’t be beat!
Call (317) 773-3797 for more information or pest control help!