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Spiders feature in horror films for a reason—they’re creepy crawly, and their webs have a Halloween vibe. Poisonous spiders can cause serious health problems and can even be deadly. The majority of spiders (other than black widows, brown recluses, hobo spiders, mouse spiders, and black house spiders) are actually harmless, but most people don’t want to share their home with them.
Note that not all spiders build webs, especially the poisonous kind. Just because you don’t see a web doesn’t mean you don’t have spiders!
How Spiders Enter
Spiders usually come into homes through open windows and doors and through gaps around door and window frames. They can also get in by being inside boxes or other items brought in from the garage or elsewhere. Usually spiders wander in while looking for food sources.
Where Spiders Are Found
You can find spiders in just about any part of your home. Some spiders are drawn to moisture, so they like basements and crawl spaces. Some prefer dry, warm areas and are often found in air vents, ceilings, and attics. Most spiders seek out dark areas.
How You Can Reduce Spiders in Your Home
There are several things you can do to help prevent a spider problem from becoming worse, including the following:
- Ensure there are no gaps in window frames and door frames.
- Keep doors closed.
- Tear down webs.
- Eliminate their food supply (bugs).
- Keep garages free of clutter.
- Examine boxes and bags before bringing them in from the garage or down from the attic.
- Vacuum regularly.
- If you do experience spiders in your home, contact us for help!
Spiders can be challenging to keep out, but once you understand spiders’ habits and functions, you can make your home less hospitable to them. Infestations will require additional measures, particularly if you’re dealing with poisonous spiders.