There are thousands of species of spiders. They produce a silk-like adhesive to spin webs, and the size of the web depends on the type of spider. The webs are a tool to trap food. Spiders don’t live in webs; they live in cracks, crevices, or burrows. This can make it difficult to rid a home of spiders.
How Spiders Get in
Spiders enter a home in one of two ways. They can come in through ill-fitting window screens or frames with gaps. They can also sneak through the door, if it (or the frame) has gaps or cracks around it. One other, less common means of entry is they “hitch a ride” on shopping bags or other items carried into the home from outside.
Food sources attract spiders to any safe location where they can spin a web and lay in wait for their next meal. However, when several spiders enter your house, you’re encountering an invasion, much like (the more common) ant problem. When this occurs, professional help is often required.
Common Spider Hideouts
- Attics, garages, and sheds are great spider nesting places because stored items often go undisturbed for months, providing a peaceful place to build webs. Check and clean these areas regularly.
- Wood piles against or near the house offer another habitat spiders like, attracting many types of bugs for food source. Place any wood pile away from the home.
- Rock piles around the exterior of a residence can attract spiders, because other bugs (i.e. food) like to go there as well.
If you experience a spider problem beyond the occasional insect sighting, call a professional. Spiders can be insidious; an “anti-bug” aerosol spray purchased at the hardware store won’t get rid of them. Mr. Pest Control’s trained team will end any spider problem — call (705) 739-7378.