How to Stop Spiders from Moving Into Your House This Autumn
For many people, the phrase “there’s a spider in the house” is incentive to call for help, to grab a tissue or three with which to squish it, or to move out of town, burn down the building, and call in an air strike to deal with whatever’s left.
OK, maybe not that last one. At least, not unless an egg sac has hatched and flooded your house with baby arachnids.
But even if you’re all right with spiders, there are some species you REALLY don’t want in your house – especially if they’re pregnant. Unfortunately, as the weather starts to cool down, in your house is exactly where many spiders are going to go in order to escape the cold.
In this article, we’ll tell you about some of the more dangerous spiders you might encounter, and how to prevent them from entering your home.
Some spiders are helpful, but other can hurt or even kill you.
While most spiders are beneficial and harmless hunters that kill other pests in your house, there can be too much of a good thing, and some spiders are terrible houseguests.
Pennsylvania is home to the infamous black widow spider, and brown recluses have been known to get imported by accident and force the shutdown of entire facilities.
Black widow bites are usually painful but nonlethal, but children, elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems can develop serious complications after being bitten.
Sac spiders, which have been known to bite repeatedly while scrambling across humans’ skin, can cause erythema, edema and severe itching, as well as fever, malaise, muscle cramps and nausea. Victims may also get a necrotic lesion and ulceration at the site of the bite.
Wolf spiders are not generally dangerous, but they will bite if they get trapped next to your skin or if you frighten them by trying to pick them up. Their venom tends to inflict short-lived pain and redness, and is unlikely to cause a serious reaction.
A wide variety of other, less dangerous spiders might also be crawling in your lawn and garden and on the outside of your house, but they generally don’t pose a problem unless they go inside and reproduce.
So how can you prevent spiders – especially the dangerous ones – from sneaking into your home?
How to keep spiders out of your house, and remove the spiders that are already inside:
As with most bug infestations, an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure, especially in light of the fact that autumn is mating season for many spider species.
Different types of spiders lay different numbers of eggs at different frequencies, but some can deposit as many as 3,000 eggs in a single sac, so it’s better to deal with the problem before they go forth and multiply.
To keep spiders out of your house, you can:
- Place five drops of peppermint oil in a sixteen-ounce spray bottle with water and a shot of dish soap, and spray every few days around doors, windows, and the outside perimeter of your home, as well as in any dark corner where spiders might hide. You can do the same with a mix of vinegar and water.
- Remove clutter that spiders can hide in, as well as any webs you find, both in and around your house. This includes things like leaves, grass clippings and wood piles.
- Rub citrus peels on windowsills, baseboards and bookshelves, or use lemon-scented furniture polish.
- Seal any gaps around your windows and doors with caulk, and repair any holes in your screens.
- Check your pets and children when they come inside, and inspect your produce before putting it in your shopping bag.
If there are already spiders in your house, vacuum any crevices where their webs and egg sacs might be, such as the corners of your closet and under your furniture.
These methods will help to keep your house’s spider population down, but sometimes, prevention comes too late and you already have a large brood of eight-legged guests in your home.
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