Spiders are helpful and can even be beneficial, eating moths and other bugs, when they live outside. But this time of year as the leaves are turning and the temperatures dropping they forget that they’d be happier living outside and try to creep and crawl their way indoors. They make webs and leave messes, not to mention they’ll bite if they’re unlucky enough to crawl somewhere they shouldn’t – like onto your couch or into your clothes.
How can you prevent spider bites?
- Eliminate bright outdoor lighting. The warmth attracts bugs that spiders feed on.
- Trim weeds and grass around your property and remove debris. They provide hiding spaces for spiders and their prey.
- Seal or caulk any holes that could allow spiders from outside access to the inside of your home.
- Vacuum spider webs and egg sacs promptly if found indoors.
- Protect yourself if cleaning attics or dark closets by wearing gloves in case you encounter spiders.
- Use extra caution when unpacking boxes or clothing that has been unused for a long period of time.
Most spiders are generally harmless unless they feel threatened, but there are poisonous spiders in our area. Brown recluse and black widow spiders prefer dark areas where they won’t be bothered, but they’re often found in attics or basements and other places in your home that aren’t frequently used. Bites from these poisonous spiders can be very painful and harmful, especially to children and the elderly.
In addition to taking preventative measures yourself, it’s a good idea to have a local pest control company treat your home for spiders. If you’re seeing more spiders than usual as the weather cools down, it’s perfectly normal and a pest control expert can help keep your home free of the unwanted pests.