How to Prevent Spiders and Other Unwanted Pests

Early fall is the peak of spider season. This is traditionally the time when male spiders go in search of a mate — hence the increase in recent spider sightings in your home.

While most common house spiders are harmless, they are often seen as an unpleasant nuisance.

So what can you do to prevent or mitigate spider sightings in your home? Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent spiders and unwanted other pests from entering your space.

1. Keep a regular cleaning schedule.

Keeping your home clean and tidy to keep bugs out may sound self-explanatory. But according to Terminix, dusting and vacuuming regularly rids your home of webs, spider eggs, and nymphs. In addition, be sure to keep food sealed and kept away in a pantry. Spiders usually enter homes in search of a food source (bugs) and a warm place to live.

2. Keep windows and doors closed.

Bugs from the outside often find their way inside through cracked windows or doors, and bugs are a spider’s primary food source. Hence, keeping bugs out, keeps spiders out. You may choose to install window screens and seal any door and window cracks with caulk.

3. Remove webs both inside and outside.

Frequently check both the interior and perimeter of your house for spider webs. Remove the webs with either a vacuum or broom. In addition, check for clutter in outdoor spaces, piles of wood and other yard debris. Maintain your yard and have the grass cut frequently — especially during the warmer months.

4. Keep outdoor porch lights off when not in use.

Lights attract bugs. Bugs attract spiders. While it is a good safety measure to keep your porch lights on, consider turning them off on occasion so bugs don’t congregate there and attract spiders and their webs. Be sure to also check flood lights.

5. Consider using natural remedies.

Several essential oils and other natural remedies have been said to warn off spiders. Pepper oil, tea tree oil, rose oil, and peppermint oils repel spiders away because of their strong scent. Combine 15 to 20 drops of the essential oil and some water to a spray bottle and spritz corners of your home and other spider-prone areas.

6. Clean around the perimeter of your home.

Check the perimeter of your home for anything that might attract spiders — cardboard boxes, wood piles, tall weeds, leaves, spare tires or other trash. Remove any trash and debris from the area. In addition, check the basement and attic for clutter that might attract spiders.

7. Schedule regular visits from a pest-control professional.

Scheduling regular visits with a pest control professional may help to reduce the amount of bugs entering your home. In addition, if you notice an increase of pesky bugs or spiders, call a trusted professional to spray the home. Most pest control companies now offer more natural, eco-friendly sprays with fewer toxins.