Spiders…ugh! They’re creepy, they’re crawly and they may be inside your home. Common house spiders hide indoors; outdoor spiders live in the garden but will happily hitch a ride inside. There’s approximately 4,000 species of spiders in the U.S. Show them the door with Miss Muffet’s Revenge Spider Killer.
The Common House Spider
Several types of spiders are classified as house spiders but the common house spider (Latin name- Parasteatoda tepidariorum) is most often seen.
What does a common house spider look like?
- Usually yellow-brown or gray with dark stripes or markings, and eight legs.
- Females measure from 5mm to 8mm in length; males measure at 4mm.
- An elongated body, divided into two parts – cephalothorax (front) and the abdomen (back).
To find out more about different types spiders and how toxic their bite may be check out our blog article here.
Why are spiders in my home?
Common house spiders feed on mites and other small insects in your home. Even an perfectly clean home may have a few insects lurking about for a spider to devour.
House spiders build irregular, tangled webs to catch their prey. You may find cobwebs in ceiling corners, on window sills and attached to indoor fixtures like lighting or wall décor. Spiders are also found inside sheds, garages and barns and near outdoor lights that attract bugs at night. The main three places you will find spiders are:
In storage areas-
A cluttered basement, garage or attic is a favorite hiding place for arachnids. Spiders hide in quiet, undisturbed locations. Keeping a clean and clutter-free storage area can prevent spiders from setting up house, in your house.
Some spiders hide in two places; in one spot during the day and another at night. Hiding underneath furniture is a favorite hang-out. Run your vacuum under your furniture regularly to get rid of them.
Under the kitchen or bathroom sink-
Spiders need water to survive so you can often find them hiding in dark places near your plumbing. Keep under-sink areas organized and clean to keep spiders at bay.
Other favorites hiding places are stairwells, garages, crawl spaces, closets and underneath stairs.
When it turns cold, outdoor spiders (garden spiders, grass spiders) may seek warmth and temporary shelter in your home.
Here’s a few ways that outdoor spiders can get inside:
- On or inside moving boxes
- In firewood
- Underneath doors
- Through holes in window and door screens
Have you ever found a spider in your shower, tub or sink? Spiders are thirsty creatures and will seek out any available water in your home. Once spiders hide inside your sink, the slippery surface will prevent them from climbing out. Contrary to popular belief, spiders do not come up through drains as most modern plumbing has a barrier or trap that prevents entry.
Four Ways to prevent spiders from getting inside your home:
- Install or mend window and door screens.
- Add a door sweep to exterior doors.
- Seal all cracks and voids around your home’s exterior and foundation.
- Carefully check for spiders before bringing firewood or moving boxes inside.
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