5 Tips to Avoid Spiders in Your Home
Out of all of the insects in the world, spiders are probably the one that people hate and are scared of most. Whether you have already noticed spiders in your home or cringe at the thought of them ever gaining access, you want to take steps and pest control precautions to ensure an infestation never occurs. Below are 5 tips to avoid having spiders in your home.
1. Keep it tidy
Spiders do not like to hang out in the open. They want to get into your home and hide under things until the coast is clear to venture out and look for food. As a result, you need to keep your home tidy.
To avoid the presence of spiders, ensure there is no clutter on your floors. Vacuum regularly around and under tables, couches, and sofas. Also dust your ceilings and light fixtures. Performing these cleaning tasks regularly will kill any spiders and knock down any webs they have made. Refrain from leaving any food lying around. This will attract ants and other pests which will in turn attract the spiders that eat them.
Spiders hate things with really strong aromas. As such, it is useful to keep peppermint oil handy in your home because it provides a pleasant smell while at the same time keeping away spiders.
To keep spiders away, dip cotton balls into peppermint oil and leave them strategically around your house. These spots can include under sinks, inside cupboards, and any storage boxes. Replace these cotton balls once a week so the smell is always potent. You can also put it in a spray bottle and spritz around your house periodically to keep spiders at bay.
3. Maintain the exterior
It is natural to think that you need to solely concentrate on the interior of your home because that is where the spiders are and you want them gone. However, they come from the outside and therefore you need to attend to this area of your home as well.
To keep spiders from getting into your home, look for any cracks and crevices around doors or windows and fill them with caulking. Also replace any torn window screens that provide easy access indoors. Keep any vegetation from touching your exterior walls and cover up open chimney flues.
4. Apply pesticides
Pesticides are substances used to kill pests and are therefore an effective way to kill spiders once they have entered your home. This is particularly necessary if you have a spider infestation as opposed to finding an occasional one.
While you can buy spider pesticides yourself from your local hardware store, to be effective it is a job best left to pest control professionals. He/she can attend your home and either spray a pesticide around the perimeter of your home to keep spiders from entering or apply a solution indoors that kills any that walk through it. Either solution is non-toxic so you do not have to leave your home or worry about the harm it will do to people in the area.
Similar to peppermint oil, spiders despise the smell of vinegar. This is largely due to the fact it is so acidic.
If you find a spider or web in your home, spray it with a diluted solution of vinegar and water. Spritz underneath sinks, in cupboards and closets, and in corners. Vinegar is also an effective cleaning agent so spraying it on your floors and wiping with a cloth or sponge will leave the surface looking great and will keep spiders away at the same time.