It would be nice if pests understood that homes are not built for them and are off-limits. Much of our energy could be put into other things if we knew that our houses would remain pest free, even if we didn’t get to fixing that little hole in our screen door right away, or if we kept the windows wide open to enjoy the fresh air. Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. However, there are ways to seal off your home so that you don’t have to worry about pests like summer spiders.
When are spiders a problem?
Spiders often become a problem for homeowners in the winter when the temperature dips and they need to find a reliable food source. They often make their way into warm homes during this season, especially if other pests have already found their way in.
However, that doesn’t mean that they won’t come inside in the hot summer months. In fact, when the weather gets too hot, spiders will often seek the cool retreat offered inside a house. With this in mind, it’s easy to understand why spiders can be a problem for homeowners year-round.
How Summer Spiders Get Inside & How to Seal Off Your Home Against Them
Spiders vary in size by quite a lot, but even larger spiders don’t need a big opening in order to get into your home.
Some of the ways they get inside include:
Open windows or doors.
Holes in a screen.
Gaps around window and door casings.
Cracks in a home’s foundation.
Holes in a home’s siding.
Once you know how summer spiders get into your house, it's easier to figure out how to protect your home against them. Sealing off your house completely may not be possible, but you can certainly make it more difficult for spiders to get inside.
You can also take some of the following steps to make your home less appealing to spiders:
Keep doors and windows closed when not in use.
If you keep them open, make sure you have screens installed that have no holes or tears.
Seal all gaps around windows and doors.
Seal cracks in your foundation.
Repair all damage to your home’s siding.
Cut back vegetation so that it doesn’t touch your home.
Install outdoor lights that don’t attract bugs.
Keep counters and floors free of crumbs and food messes that will attract the pests that fit spiders' category of prey.
Vacuum frequently, being sure to remove spider webs.
What To Do If Summer Spiders Become A Problem
If you find that summer spiders are invading despite your best efforts to keep them out, give Innovative Pest Control a call. We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to take care of a homeowner’s spider problems, whether it be nuisance spiders or venomous spiders. We’ll also help you seal off your house to prevent a future infestation. Call us to schedule your free inspection and get started with our home pest control services.