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What Attracts Spiders to Your Yard?

Spiders are common invaders of homes and yards. If these arachnids find your yard welcoming, it could be difficult to get them to leave. Identifying and removing potential attractants will make your yard less inviting to these creepy crawlies. We’ve made a list of things that can attract spiders to your yard.

Food Sources

Fly on leaf

Spiders head into yards looking for something to eat. Unlike other pests, spiders aren’t attracted to your leftovers. They feed on bugs like flies, crickets, cockroaches, and garden pests. If other bugs are hanging out in your yard, then spiders could show up. Eliminating other pest problems can help to prevent a spider infestation.

Vegetation & Yard Debris

Garden shrubs

The vegetation in your yard could be attracting spiders. Not only can spiders hide in vegetation, they can also build their webs on shrubs and bushes. Keeping your lawn and vegetation trimmed can help to minimize spider activity. Woodpiles and yard debris, like leaves, twigs, and grass clippings, can also act as sources of shelter. 

Other Sources of Shelter

Paving stones in yard

Though spiders like vegetation, they can find other places to hide in your yard. Spiders prefer dark, warm, and secluded areas. They often hide under rocks or paving stones. Buckets, flowerpots, and other items in your yard can provide shelter too. You’re also likely to spot spiders in crawlspaces and under sheds and decks.

Outdoor Lights

Outdoor lights

While spiders like to stay in the dark, some bugs are attracted to lights. Outdoor lighting can cause bugs to hang out in your yard. Spiders will head in the direction of these pests. Minimizing lighting at night or swapping your white light bulbs for less attractive bulbs can help to keep other bugs away. If spiders can’t find something to eat, they will move on to a new location.


Buckets filled with water

Excess moisture in your yard can be attractive to spiders. Some spiders thrive in damp environments, and others just need a little water to stay hydrated. Items that collect water, like watering cans or toys left outside, can provide spiders with the moisture they need. You’ll also want to be on the lookout for leaky spigots and hoses that could cause spiders to visit.

If spiders have invaded your yard, then it won’t take long for them to find their way into your home. Spider-proofing your yard can help you avoid an infestation. If you’re dealing with creepy crawlies, 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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