Spiders are one of the most unsettling types of pests you see crawling across your bathroom wall. Between their eight, needle-like legs, their macabre hunting methods, and the speed at which they scurry under the couch and out of sight, there’s more than enough about them to send shivers down your spine. While spiders are usually not one of the more harmful pests and can actually be a bit of an asset around the house, it’s fair if you don’t want them strutting through your living room while you’re entertaining guests. Therefore, here are three ways to prevent spiders in your house, or if you prefer, relocate them.
Use Natural Deterrents
You don’t need to invest in expensive and harmful pest treatments to handle a spider infestation. Instead, there are numerous natural ways to keep them out. One of these is vinegar. Just combine vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray it around window sills and door frames once every couple of days to repel spiders. You could also use peppermint, cinnamon, or tea tree essential oils, and they’ll work just as well. Some other methods involve rubbing critical areas in your house with citrus peels or scattering horse chestnuts.
Clean the House
Since spiders need their webs to find food, you can drive them away by destroying them wherever you see them. Look under furniture, inside plants, in corners, around windows and behind television sets, and brush away any cobwebs you find. Remember, you don’t need to scour your whole house. Spiders are harmless in basements, crawlspaces and attics, and can even help kill other pests like flies and mosquitoes. As long as you keep them confined to certain areas, you can both live together in peace.
Maintain Your Home’s Exterior
Finally, one of the best ways to prevent spiders from coming inside your house is by doing some work outside your house. For example, try to keep any outside lights off. These lights attract flying insects, which in turn attract spiders. Also, trim any bushes leaning up against your house, as spiders can use them as bridges to get into your windows. Finally, seal any cracks around the foundation with cement or caulk.
Unless you’re planning a Halloween party sometime in the near future, it’s in your best interest to minimize how many spiders you have in your house. Fortunately, there are many easy methods of keeping spiders out of your hair which you can do during the weekend. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Sorenson Pest Control today.