In addition to the many Halloween spider decorations you may be seeing in your neighbor’s yards, have you been noticing more spiders inside your home? Like many other types of pests, spiders start to make their way indoors when fall rolls around. Many are searching for a mate, and others are looking to escape the cooling temperatures outdoors in the Atlanta area. No one wants to deal with spiders in their home, which is why it’s important to know how to spider-proof your home. Read on for Active Pest Control’s top tips for keeping spiders outside this fall.
3 Ways to Keep Spiders Out
Although most spiders are completely harmless, few people want to deal with them inside their homes. Five ways you can prevent spiders from getting indoors this fall include:
- Seal any cracks in your home, doors, and windows. Patch up cracks, holes, and gaps to keep spiders from easily crawling inside.
- Keep a tidy, clutter-free home. Always store food in airtight containers to avoid insects that spiders will feed on. Clean your home to get rid of potential spider hiding spots.
- Trim back vegetation and landscape. Spiders are attracted to bushes, shrubs, woodpiles, compost piles, and more that may be found in your yard. Keep your grass mowed and all vegetation trimmed.
How to Get Rid of Spiders Naturally
There a number of all-natural ways you can prevent spiders. One of these methods is by scattering diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of your home. A fine layer of diatomaceous earth will kill any spider that crawls across it. Another natural spider repellent is using natural oils and vinegar. Peppermint, tea-tree, citrus, and eucalyptus essential oils are all known to deter spiders. You can fill a spray bottle with a mixture of 15–20 drops and water, and apply it to the cracks and corners of your home. All-natural methods aren’t proven to work every time, but may help reduce the amount of spiders in your home
Preventing Spiders in the Fall
Let’s face it: No one wants to deal with spiders inside their property. Even though most don’t cause harm, many people fear these insects and avoid all contact with them. If you’re noticing a large amount of spiders in your home and prevention methods aren’t doing the trick, it may be time to call in a professional. A company such as Active Pest Control can help eliminate spider attractants in your home to keep them out for good.
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