Having a bunch of creepy crawlies in your yard and home is unsettling. Spiders can be beneficial but not when you’re dealing with an infestation. To keep spiders away, you’ll want to remove attractants that could be leading them to your home. Check out five tips to prevent spiders from hanging out in your space.
1. Minimize Hiding Spots
Spiders love having a place to hide, and they prefer dark and secluded areas. If spiders can’t find a source of shelter, they will be less likely to stick around.
- Trim your lawn, shrubs, and bushes since spiders hide in overgrown vegetation.
- Remove yard debris including grass clippings, leaves, and rocks.
- Keep your woodpiles stored off the ground and away from your home.
- Pick up toys, buckets, flowerpots, and other items where spiders can hide.
- Remove clutter from your home, and avoid storing items in cardboard boxes.
2. Remove Spider Webs
Spiders are notorious for spinning webs in yards and homes. Knocking down spider webs can help to deter spider activity.
- Check the exterior and interior of your home for spider webs.
- Use a broom, cobweb brush, or vacuum to remove spider webs.
- Remove webs on bushes, shrubs, and other vegetation.
- Spiders can build webs on patio furniture, so check your chairs and tables for webs.
- Be on the lookout for spider webs in your home. They are likely to be seen in attics and basements, especially in the corner of rooms.
3. Get Rid of Other Pests
Spiders feed on bugs like mosquitoes, flies, ants, and cockroaches. Keeping your home and yard free of other bugs will help to keep spiders away too.
- Clean up crumbs and spills that can attract hungry bugs.
- Store your pantry items and your pet’s food in sealed containers.
- Remove trash from your home and yard, and place it in bins with tight-fitting lids.
- Regularly sweep and vacuum.
- Avoid moisture build-up by repairing leaks, keeping your gutters clean, and removing items in your yard that collect water.
- Minimize outdoor lighting or swap your white light bulbs for warm-hued bulbs that are less attractive to bugs.
4. Don’t Let Spiders in Your Home
If spiders are hanging out in your yard, it won’t be long before they try to make their way indoors. To keep your home free of these arachnids, seal potential entry points and avoid bringing spiders in with you.
- Check your home for cracks, gaps, or holes where spiders could slip inside, and seal them with caulk or steel wool.
- Repair or replace damaged door and window screens.
- Seal any gaps where utility and cable lines enter your home.
- If your doors and windows don’t have screens, don’t leave them open.
- Before carrying in firewood, toys, flowerpots, or items stored outdoors or in your shed, make sure there aren’t any spiders hiding on them.
5. Create a Protective Barrier
Plant-based insecticide sprays can help to keep spiders and other bugs from hanging out in your yard and home.
- Spraying the perimeter of your yard can help to keep bugs out. Our Yard Bug Spray kills pests on contact and provides residual repellency. The repellent properties help to create a protective barrier that deters pests from entering your yard.
- You can also spray common entry points and the perimeter of your house with our Home Bug Spray. It kills and repels pests, helping to keep spiders from sneaking into your home.