13 Spider Control Tips For Homeowners

One of the most prevalent phobias around the world is the fear of spiders. Aside from those horror films that use spiders as villains, this fear may have also originated from the fact that spiders are everywhere, even in your own homes. The thought of sharing your home with spiders can be a nuisance, annoying, and dangerous at the same time. Their cobwebs can be a sore in the eye, especially if you see them in your living room corners or bedroom corners. 

While spiders aren’t all that bad and may not always pose a threat, still, their existence can be frustrating to deal with. Imagine going through your closet or passing by the laundry room, and you suddenly run into cobwebs sticking to your hair and skin. What’s worst, you later find the spider crawling into your feet or arms and freak yourself and the entire family. Thankfully, these spider-encounter scenarios can be prevented if you take preventive steps to keep them out of your home. 

13 Spider Control Tips 

Pest infestation is a common household issue for many homeowners. Spiders are considered one of them, and they often infest around the kitchen, attics, basements, and sometimes, even in your bedrooms. Getting rid of them entirely may not be possible (or ideal), but there are steps to help you control and minimize their population. 

Check out these thirteen tips to help minimize and control spider infestation in your home.

1. Call A Professional Pest Controller 

Before you begin taking precautionary steps to reduce spiders in your home, start first by calling professional pest controllers. This is ideal, especially if you suspect that spiders currently infest you and you still haven’t identified their species yet. Pest controllers like The Yard Butler and other pest control companies will help remove these spiders and keep them out of your home.

They can also identify what type of spiders are infesting your home and will use the corresponding pesticides for that specific species. You can ensure that the population of spiders and other pests invading your home will reduce as these professionals have the proper and complete equipment to do the job. 

2. Clean Your Home Regularly 

Now that the number of spiders in your home is reduced, there are certain steps you can do to keep it that way for as long as possible. One way to keep spiders at bay is by regularly cleaning your home. Spiders thrive in dirty, tight, and cluttered areas as it gives them space to hide and create cobwebs. Moreover, dust and food particles can also attract small insects, which eventually cause the spiders to follow them. 

Make sure you set aside enough time to do some quick home cleaning every day. Make an effort to keep those hard-to-reach corners free from clutter and dust. After having meals, remember to wipe the tables and floors to prevent food particles from sitting on these surfaces for hours and attracting spiders. For your trash bins, remember to take them out every day and never let your trashes pile. 

3. Keep Attics, Basements, And Garage Clutter-free 

Most spiders create their cobwebs in secluded, hidden, and undisturbed areas, namely your attic, basement, and garage. To discourage spiders from building their webs on these areas, make an effort to keep your basements, attics, and garage clutter-free. If you have some unwanted or unused items, you may choose to donate, sell, or dispose of them properly instead of storing them in these rooms. If you wish to store things you occasionally use, consider placing them in plastic containers than directly dumping them to your attic or basement. 

4. Seal Cracks And Holes From Your Walls 

Spiders from your garden and even the other species outdoors can potentially invade your home through those existing holes and cracks you have around the house. Make time to search and roam around your house and see if you can find some cracked walls and damaged window screens for spiders’ entry. 

For the cracked roofs, walls, and window screens, you can use caulk to seal them. If you have holes for your wires and cables, use caulk around the wires. Meanwhile, for larger openings such as chimneys or vents, you may use wire mesh to seal them up. 

5. Inspect Grocery Bags And Boxes Before Bringing Them Inside 

Another way spiders can invade your home is through those grocery bags and boxes you bring with you indoors. This is true, especially if you place your bags and packages on the driveway or anywhere on the ground while you’re busy unloading other stuff. This can be an opportunity for outside spiders and other insects to climb onto your boxes and bags and carry them with you inside. So, before going indoors, remember to inspect those heavy loads of grocery bags and boxes before taking them in to reduce the risk of spider infestation. 

6. Remove Indoor Plants 

As much as plants bring beauty to your home, they can also become favorite hiding spots for spiders and other insects. You see, spiders aren’t the bravest types of bugs which means they’d rather thrive and hide under your plants’ pots, stones, or leaves. Some spiders would even create their webs across the leaves as they wait for other insects to land into your plants and be trap in their webs. So, to ensure those spiders won’t have any possible hiding space, remove those indoor plants and place them outdoors or on your patio. 

7. Create A Vinegar And Water Mixture 

While pesticides effectively keep spiders at bay, they may not be the healthiest and safest option for your home. To create a natural spider repellent, make a white vinegar and water mixture and put it in a spray bottle. Then, you can use it to spray on every little crevice around the house and scare off the spiders. On top of that, you need not worry about chemical smells from commercial pesticides. The vinegar’s smell will disappear quickly once it dries. 

8. Use Lemon Peels 

Another way to naturally reduce spider infestation is by using lemon peels. Spiders aren’t a fan of citrus, which means you can use this weakness against them. If you have lemon peels, use them to rub and wipe all over your bookshelves, windowsills, door frames, and other possible areas they can hide. Do this daily, and you can surely keep spiders off-limits.

9. Get A Pet 

Having pets around the house can actually help control and minimize spider infestation. Dogs and cats are experienced hunters, and they’d love to handle one of these spiders who’d try to crawl their way into your floors, furniture, and tables. Now you have another good reason to get a pet.

10. Use Sticky Traps

Most sticky traps are designed to trap house flies and other insects. Since spiders are attracted and would often feed on flies, they’ll mostly get trapped on sticky traps too. So, if you think the spiders around your house are starting to get out of control, placing sticky traps around your house can be a great idea. Place them in areas where spiders are more likely to pass through or in the hidden corners of your kitchen where flies and insects would often infest.

11. Turn Off Your Lights 

While the lights themselves don’t really attract spiders, flies, and other insects love to feast on lighted bulbs and other forms of light. As you already know, wherever the flies go, the spiders follow, which means the more insects feast on your lights, the higher chances that spiders are lurking nearby. 

To prevent the spiders from having a buffet feast around your lights, it may be best to turn your lights off at night, especially the lights indoors. You can use opaque shades to keep your indoor lights from shining through outside, attracting insects to linger around your windows. 

12. Move Your Bins 

Another way you’re attracting spiders inside your homes is through your trash bins. Flies love to infest on bins, especially if they’re left open while flooded with waste as they serve as their food court. To avoid flies and spiders from invading your trash bins, it’s best to move your trash bins away from doors or windows where these pests can easily sneak in. Better yet, you can place your trash bins somewhere away from your home to also keep flies and spiders outdoors. 

Moreover, always use trash bins with lids to keep them close. If you have trash bins inside your home, especially in the kitchen, remember to take them out and empty them every day to keep flies and spiders at bay.

13. Wash Your Fruits And Your Fruit Bowls 

Despite keeping your home and your kitchen countertops clean, you might be wondering how you still occasionally find flies and spiders creeping into your kitchen. If you keep a fruit bowl on your countertop or the dining table, that could be the root cause. You see, fruits, especially if they’re unwashed, tend to attract fruit flies, and fruit flies make good meals for spiders.

To capture their meals which are the fruit flies, these spiders would start creating their webs across your kitchen countertop or even on the tiny corners around your untouched fruits and bowls. To be on the safe side and discourage spiders from infesting your kitchen, always make time to wash your fruits after buying them from the market. Most importantly, remember to wash your fruit bowls every now and then to ensure no fruit flies and spiders live underneath. 

Wrap Up 

Most house spiders cause no harm unless they’re the lethal kind, such as the black widow spiders or tarantulas, which are very rare. Your house spiders can even be helpful indoors as they hunt and feed on harmful insects like mosquitoes, houseflies, and other bugs. But to keep the number of spiders in control, these tips can help you get rid of them and their cobwebs out of your house.

Ian Mutuli
Ian Mutuli
iantos99@hotmail.com

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.