While homeowners don’t want any pests in their homes, they especially don’t want spiders. In fact, spiders are one of the most feared pests. While many spiders are generally harmless and helpful when it comes to gardens, others can be very dangerous.
Spiders are pretty adept when it comes to finding the best hiding places. So where are they hiding? We at United Pest Solutions have come up with the top 9 places spiders commonly hide.
1. Within Clutter
Books, newspapers, and other extra stuff piled in your garage or basement make wonderful hiding spots for spiders you may not want living in your home. If you have a lot of storage, use airtight containers and keep them stored off the ground.
2. In Ceiling Corners
This is the most common spot to see a spider in your home. While not exactly a hiding place, you should know spiders love corners because they are great for web-building and are often undisturbed. To help prevent spiders hanging out in the corners of your home, you may want to dust frequently.
3. In Garages
Spiders are attracted to places that are dark and secluded — areas where they will not be disturbed. So garages, attics, basements, and sheds are often infested by spiders. To help prevent spiders from gaining entry into these spaces, seal all potential entry points such as holes and cracks. You may also want to consider installing door sweeps.
4. In Closets
As mentioned previously, spiders are attracted to dark, secluded areas so you should be aware this might include up high in your closets or in shoes.
5. Beneath Sinks
Like most pests, spiders also thrive in moist conditions — which can be found beneath your sinks. Check beneath your sinks to ensure there are no leaks to help prevent water damage and prevent pests.
6. Under Furniture
Again, it’s about seclusion and darkness, both of which can be found underneath your furniture. To help prevent spiders from making homes underneath your favorite love seat, vacuum and clean underneath it often.
7. In Debris Piles
Woodpiles and rock piles attract many pests including spiders. If you keep firewood on your property, you may want to store it somewhere in your home or cover it firmly with plastic. Another option is to store it at least 20 feet away from your home and elevated off the ground. This will also help keep other pests, including rodents away from your home.
8. Within Wall Cracks
Wolf spiders often find their way into homes through cracks, crevices, and other small openings around your home. Seal cracks on the outside of your home and ensure screens are properly secured on your windows and doors. You’ll also want to install door sweeps to the bottoms of doors.
9. In Vegetation
Spiders, like most other pests, are attracted to vegetation including shrubs, trees, and plants. Keep your shrubs well-trimmed and away from your home.
If you keep clutter to a minimum and clean your home regularly there will be fewer places for spiders to hide. Once you have taken these preventive measures, you may also want to consider contacting your local pest company, like United Pest Solutions to discuss a year-round pest control plan. Technicians will not only help prevent spiders from invading your home but also eliminate insects that spiders see as a source of food.