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Why House Spiders Are Common Winter Pests

house spider on the wall

While many pests make us cringe, spiders seem to bring out our fears more than most others. Even when we know they have their good points, like keeping other bug populations down, there’s still something about them that most people find disconcerting. This is especially true when we find them in our own house.

Why House Spiders Are Common Winter Pests

Spiders can be found in homes during any time of year, but they are especially common winter pests. In the spring, summer, and fall the temperatures outside are mild enough for them to live quite comfortably outdoors. However, when winter is in full swing, most of their food supply moves inside. That’s why they start moving into people’s homes as well.

Even if you keep a clean house, you’re likely to find at least a few spiders here and there around your home this winter. Now that you know why they come inside, you might wonder how they invade.

How House Spiders Get Inside Your Home

House spiders find their way inside in the same way any pest will get into your home, they find entry points and use them. If you’re thinking that you keep your doors and windows closed, so they couldn’t possibly get in, think again. Your house probably has many entry points that you are unaware of, for example:

  • If your foundation walls have any cracks, a spider could easily slip through.
  • Screens of your windows or doors that have a hole or tear will allow them to get in that way.
  • If your siding is damaged, they could come in through it.
  • Doors or windows with gaps around them provide an easy entry point.
  • If spiders are hanging around near your porch lights (a great spot for catching bugs), they can slip inside when you open the door.

How to Prevent House Spiders from Getting Inside Your Home

To prevent spiders from getting inside, you’ll want to eliminate their entry points:

  • Seal any cracks around your foundation.
  • Repair torn screens and damaged siding.
  • Caulk gaps around doors and windows.
  • Turn your outside lights off at night, or replace the bulbs with insect-resistant ones.
  • You can also try these suggestions to lessen your chances of a spider invasion:
  • Move shrubbery away from the perimeter of your house.
  • Vacuum up webs as you find them inside.
  • Make sure no other pests have invaded your home. Spiders will often infest a home that has a good food source.
  • Get in touch with a pest control company.

How Professional Pest Control Can Help

If you find more than a few house spiders in your home and you’re having trouble eliminating them, it may be time to call a professional pest control company like Aiken Pest Control. Aiken can eliminate any current spider problem you have, and provide continued protection against spiders after we take care of the infestation. We also offer preventative options, so you can handle a problem before it begins.

There’s no need to live in fear of those creepy crawly spiders living in your home! Let Aiken help alleviate those fears by clicking here.