Keeping Spiders Out of the Home This Fall
There are many things to love about fall, but spiders aren’t one of them! With the temperatures cooling off here in New Jersey, the spiders are thriving. You’ve probably noticed an increase in them crawling around your home. While most household spiders are not aggressive and pose no threat to humans, this time of the year is not easy for arachnophobes.
To minimize the amount of spider activity you have in your home, here are some tips to follow.
Seal Up Cracks
One of the best ways to prevent spiders from entering your home is to seal off cracks and gaps. This may sound like old advice, but it’s amazing how many people don’t take the time to do it. Some things will be obvious such as holes in the screens. Other spots will not be as obvious, so take time to walk around your home and identify areas around doors and windows where spiders can sneak through.
Keep Your Home Clean
Spiders will invade houses when there is stuff for them to feed off of, such as insects. By keeping your home clean and uncluttered, you avoid attracting bugs and spiders at the same time. Clean up crumbs and spills immediately. Keep blankets, toys, and piles of clothes off the floors. Vacuum up spiders, webs, and egg sacs as you see them.
Turn Off Outdoor Lights
It may look pretty to leave your outdoor lights on, but they are known for attracting insects that spiders enjoy eating. Unless you’re having guests over, it’s best to keep these lights turned off. Also, lighter colored siding is more attractive to spiders because they can see their prey better. You can’t change the color of your siding for the sake of fewer spiders, but it’s something to think about if you’re in the process of remodeling.
Spray Your Home with Essential Oils
Some people have a lot of success spraying down the perimeters of their home with peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil. Spiders supposedly dislike the smell of peppermint and citrus, so it’s possible that you can keep them away by using these natural ingredients. You can also try vinegar, as spiders are supposed to hate this smell too; don’t we all?
Call a Pest Control Company
In some cases, spiders are more than a nuisance. If you live by a field, for example, you might have more spiders than you can handle. Also, once the webs collect bugs, they are not a pretty sight. If this is the case, call your local pest control company. With effective and humane ways to deal with spider populations, you can get the problem under control and sleep tight once again.