Fall is here, and the weather is cooling off, which can only mean one thing: It’s almost spider season! That doesn’t sound fun, does it?
The good news is that most spiders are harmless to humans and will only bite if feeling cornered. The bad news is that your home is a likely destination for these eight-legged wonders.
Spiders are carnivorous and eat other household pests, making them one of the most helpful of pests. But that doesn’t make them any less scary! Especially if you discover a spider infestation in your home.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prevent them from coming into your home. Here are a few tips to keep spiders out and what to do if they still manage to make it inside.
Spider-proof Your Home
Like many other insects, spiders are attracted to the warmth of your home when it gets colder out. They also like to look for places where there is water and food source, meaning basements, crawlspaces, and attics are common destinations for them.
And like many insects, they get into your home through small cracks in the foundation, window and door frames, etc. Luckily, it’s never too late to seal up your house with caulk or other sealants. You should also consider covering crawlspace & attic vents with fine mesh to keep spiders and other insects from getting in.
It’s also a good idea to remove any potted plants and trim any foliage near your doorways. Spiders love hiding in these and can quickly jump into your home (or even on you!) when you open the door.
A Good Cleaning Can Help
Vacuuming up any spiders, spider webs, and egg sacks you find can help reduce an infestation. Pay particular attention to basements, unfinished areas, and garages. Be sure to throw away the vacuum bag as soon as you do that, though, to prevent them from simply setting up a nest right in your vacuum.