Why Are There So Many Spiders In My House?
The thing you have to realize about spiders is that they feed on other insects. So if you’re noticing a large uptick in the number of spiders you’re seeing around the house, you’re likely acting as a great food supply for them. Let’s discuss a few other reasons why your house seems to be the chosen one for the local spider population, and what you can do to help the problem.
Your House Is Home to Other Insects
Spiders create spider webs, so of course they’ll feel more at home in a house with plenty of spider webs. Be sure to clear these webs away as part of your regular cleaning routine. In addition, be sure to keep an eye out for other insects and promptly get rid of any dead ones you find lying around.
The absolute best way to deter any pest from coming back again and again is to cut off their food supply, forcing them to get their nourishment elsewhere.
You Have Excess Clutter Around the House
Dark, dirty, dusty, and cluttered areas are a spider’s favorite spots to hang out. Have you ever noticed how spiders tend to weave their webs in corners? Well having stacks of boxes and piles of clutter gives spiders plenty of those tucked away crevices they love to create new webs. Keep clutter to a minimum, and make sure that storage areas are well organized.
Holes and Cracks Are Entryways
Holes and cracks around windows and doors are notorious for leaking heated or air conditioned air, and HVAC professionals will urge you to seal up your home for better energy efficiency. But those holes and cracks aren’t just letting air out, they’re letting bugs in! Insects are particularly attracted to the heat of homes as the weather cools down in the fall. Don’t let your home be the place they choose to hang out for the winter season.
Replacing torn screens or worn out weatherstripping and seals on windows and doors is a great place to start to keep spiders out.
You Have a Damp Basement
As we’ve already mentioned, many species of spiders love dark, damp spaces and prefer to weave their webs in quiet, undisturbed places. Sound familiar? If you struggle with a damp basement, this could be a big source of your issues.
Some natural remedies and quick fixes may help you deter the spiders and alleviate the problem. Certain scents like peppermint and vinegar repel many different insects, spiders included. You may consider spraying a bit of either around the perimeter of your basement. In addition, you can work to reduce the moisture in your basement by purchasing a dehumidifier, which will benefit you in other ways as well (i.e. Reduce the risk of mold!).