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5 Tips for Outdoor Spider Control

Spiders love to spend time in your yard because they can find food, shelter, and water. Keeping spiders out of your yard can help prevent spiders from sneaking into your home. With a few preventative measures, you can keep your yard free of spiders. We’ve made a list of five tips to help you control spiders in your yard.

1. Maintain Your Yard

Mowing lawn

Taking care of your yard can help to control spiders.

  • Remove items that could act as hiding spots including leaf litter, bricks, buckets, and flowerpots.
  • You’ll also want to trim shrubs, plants, and trees. Be sure these aren’t touching the side of your home.
  • Regularly mow your lawn to keep grass short.
  • Knock down any spider webs you see. You can use a broom or spray it with water. Spiders won’t want to stick around if you keep tearing down their web.
  • Don’t store woodpiles close to your home.

2. Minimize Moisture

Buckets filled with water

Spiders need water and gravitate toward damp areas. You’ll want to minimize moisture in your yard.

  • Clean your gutters to ensure there isn’t water build-up.
  • Remove items in your yard where water can collect including buckets, watering cans, and old tires.
  • Repair or replace leaky hoses or spigots.
  • Replace water in birdbaths, kiddie pools, and pet water bowls.

3. Get Rid of Other Pests

Flies eating crumbs

Spiders feed on a variety of pests including mosquitoes, ants, and flies. Minimizing bugs in your yard will require spiders to look elsewhere for food.

  • Remove trash from your yard that could attract flies and ants.
  • When possible, turn off any outdoor lighting since it could attract pests. When using lights, make sure to use a warm-hued bulb. These are less attractive to bugs.
  • If you have a garden, pick up any fallen produce to avoid attracting flies.
  • Taking care of your yard will not only help to discourage spiders, it will also help to deter other pests from sticking around.

4. Plant Spider-Repelling Plants


Some plants have fragrances that naturally repel spiders. Consider adding a few of these spider-repelling plants to your yard and garden.

  • Citronella
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Basil
  • Rosemary

5. Create a Protective Barrier

Yard Bug Spray & Home Bug Spray

Spraying your yard with a plant-based insecticide spray can help keep spiders away. Our Yard Bug Spray kills pests on contact and provides residual repellency. These repellent properties act as a barrier that helps to keep spiders out. Spray the perimeter of your yard to help deter these pests. You can also spray the perimeter of your house with our plant-based Home Bug Spray to keep spiders from sneaking inside.

Though spiders can be beneficial, you don’t want them taking over your space. Making your yard as unwelcoming as possible can help control these pests outside and in your home. If spiders have invaded your yard, we have your back! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Pest Control products for a more environmentally and family-friendly solution.

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