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What Attracts Spiders in Your House?

Mar 14, 2022

While most spiders you find in your home do not pose a major threat to humans, they’re usually unwelcome houseguests for many homeowners. It is important to learn what attracts spiders in order to prevent them from entering your home.

Spiders can easily enter your home through openings such as doors, windows, and even air vents. In addition, their size also allows them to crawl into a home through tiny cracks, gaps, and unfilled holes in the home’s foundation. 

From experience, the best way to prevent spiders from entering your home is to seal any openings, such as windows or cracks in the foundation. You can place mesh screens over vents and other potential entry points. 

Weather changes always attract spiders into any home. Therefore, it is important to understand that spiders have adapted to life indoors and prefer warmer weather. Weather changes can drive outdoor spiders inside, and spiders will seek out cooler temperatures during months of high heat. 

Most importantly, if there are other pests in your home, you can almost guarantee that spiders will move in as well. Since spiders typically feed on other insects, a home full of other pests will be a main source for comfort and food. 

One of the best ways to keep pests (and therefore spiders) out of the home is to keep things tidy and clean. Homeowners should be regularly cleaning floors, tidying up any clutter, keeping storage bins sealed and off the ground, and clearing out vegetation and brush around the home.

Spiders prefer dark, isolated spaces like crawl spaces, garages, and basements. Dark, still, isolated spaces—such as crawl spaces, garages, and basements—are a common living site for spiders. This can also be observed in outdoor areas, such as sheds, piles of wood, and overgrown plants. Spiders tend to prefer quiet and hidden spaces so they can easily find food and water, as well as hide if necessary. Cluttered areas are also desirable to spiders for this reason.

Though spiders are generally drawn to quiet, undisturbed areas, there is some variance in their preferred living environments. Some species, such as the cellar spider, are attracted to moisture; they are most likely to be found in basements and other damp areas of a home. Other species, including the brown recluse spider, will hide out in drier climates such as attics and closets. Despite these preferences, however, most common house spiders can adapt to their surroundings, often spending their entire lives indoors.

If you’re looking for relief from all of the spiders you keep seeing around your home, or simply require general pest control, please do not hesitate to give us a call.