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How to Keep Spiders Away

Spotting spiders in your home can be an unsettling sight. When they make their way indoors, spiders often plan on hanging around for a while. Thankfully, there are things you can do to keep spiders from taking over your space. Check out a few tips to help keep spiders away.

Seal Entry Points

Caulking near window

The best way to avoid a run-in with spiders is to seal potential entry points. If these creepy crawlies can’t find a way into your home, they’ll move on to a new location. 

  • Examine your home’s foundation and exterior for cracks or holes where spiders could enter. Seal any openings you find with caulk or steel wool.
  • Consider adding screens to doors, windows, and vents.
  • Repair or replace torn door or window screens.
  • Seal gaps near where wires or pipes enter your home.
  • Install door sweeps to minimize gaps under doors.

Get Rid of Other Pests


When spiders enter your home, they’re often looking for something to eat. These arachnids eat insects like ants, cockroaches, and flies. Keeping your home free of these pests will help to prevent spiders.

  • Regularly sweep, mop, and wipe down counters to remove crumbs and spills that insects can eat.
  • Minimize moisture build-up in your home by ensuring there are no leaky pipes or clogged drains.
  • Store your pantry items and pet food in sealed containers to avoid attracting bugs.
  • Some insects are attracted to bright lights. Warm-hued light bulbs are less attractive to insects, so changing up your lighting can help to deter pests.

Keep Your House Clean


A messy home can be a welcoming sight to spiders looking for a place to hide. Taking the time to tidy up your space can help to keep these pests away.

  • Clutter in your home provides spiders with potential hiding spots. Keep your space organized and avoid leaving your things on the floor.
  • Spiders are drawn to dark and undisturbed areas including attics, basements, garages, and closets. Don’t forget about these areas when you’re cleaning.
  • Spiders and other pests can hide in cardboard boxes. It’s best to store your items in a plastic bin with a secure lid.
  • Dust and vacuum regularly to help remove spiders and their eggs.

Take Care of Your Outdoor Space

Trimming plant

If spiders are hanging out in your yard, there’s a good chance they’ll try to find a way inside too. To keep spiders out of your home, you’ll want to keep your outdoor space clean and remove attractants.

  • Spiders like to hide under leaves, grass clippings, and other yard debris. Minimizing these items will help to discourage spider activity.
  • Keep your shrubs and plants trimmed. It’s important to create distance between your plants and the side of your home to make it harder for spiders to sneak inside.
  • Store woodpiles away from your house, and check for spiders before bringing firewood into your home.
  • Planting spider-repelling plants, like mint, thyme, lavender, and marigolds, can help to keep spiders away.

Knock Down Spider Webs

Spider on web

Spiders are known for the webs that they weave. Knocking down webs can help to discourage spiders from hanging out in your home.

  • Check the exterior and interior of your home for spider webs.
  • Spiders often spin webs in corners of rooms, especially in attics and basements. Be sure to carefully check these areas for webs.
  • Use a duster, vacuum, or cobweb brush to remove any webs you find.
  • Spiders will also create webs on vegetation and patio furniture, so you’ll want to check these areas too.

Use Pest Control Products


Spider & Insect Dust

When pests invade your home, you may need some backup. Insecticide sprays, dusts, and traps can help to control spider problems.  

  • Use a Plant-Based Insecticide Spray: Our Home Bug Spray kills pests on contact, making it great for spot-treating spiders. Its repellent properties can help to create a protective barrier that keeps spiders out when you spray near common entry points.
  • Use a Plant-Based Insecticide Dust: For long-lasting protection, an insecticide dust is ideal. Our Spider & Insect Dust kills spiders and other pests on contact and provides residual repellency. It can be applied to areas where spiders like to hide including in cracks and crevices.
  • Use a Spider & Insect Trap: Our Spider & Insect Trap works 24/7 to capture spiders and other crawling insects. You can place the trap along walls or edges, near entry points, and in other areas where spiders have been seen.

Having spiders as roommates can be a little frightening. With a few preventative measures, you can keep your home free of these pests. If spiders or other creepy crawlies are bugging you, we have your back! For a more environmentally and family-friendly solution, check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Pest Control products.

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