Hate Spiders? Here's How to Keep Them out of Your Home

Spiders aren't the most popular of creatures, with their long legs, unnervingly fast movements, and potentially dangerous bites. In fact, arachnophobia is one of the top ten phobias in the world, affecting women more commonly than men. Whether you're afraid of spiders yourself, or live with someone who is, there are plenty of steps you can take to keep them out of your home.

Preventative measures like keeping your home clean and tidy, checking for gaps in walls or around windows, and putting down substances to repel spiders should prevent an infestation from occurring. Read on for details.

Keep home clean and tidy

Keeping your home clean and tidy reduces the risk that spiders will slip by unnoticed or make their homes amongst piles of mess. Regular vacuuming and dusting to remove any webs will prevent spiders from making themselves too comfortable and should encourage them to go elsewhere.

You should be especially vigilant in storage areas that contain lots of boxes. These often attract spiders as there are plenty of surfaces to spin webs to and from. Moving the boxes around regularly while cleaning will help, and you'll be able to remove any spiders you come across before they have the chance to lay eggs.

Seal any gaps

Spiders sometimes get into the home through open doors and windows, but more commonly they sneak through gaps in your walls or floorboards. The area around windows or skirting boards is often the culprit as well.

You should identify any gaps around your home, and fill these in using multi-purpose filler, caulk or putty. Make sure you do a thorough job, as spiders can squeeze through surprisingly tiny gaps. Check the seals around windows and doors and replace any if broken.

If you suspect spiders are coming through air vents or other avenues that can't be sealed, ask a professional for help. They may be able to stick glue traps inside the vents, or install fine mesh to prevent spiders from entering.

Try homemade spider repellents

There are plenty of safe, homemade solutions that you can use to repel spiders. Try making up a spray consisting of peppermint oil, vinegar or citrus, and applying it around high risk areas like windows, doors and vents. Spiders are put off by chestnuts, so leaving a few around the house could help -- they also make pleasant decorations and could be included in pot pourri or laundry scenting bags. Cedar is also unpleasant to spiders, so placing mulch around the outside your home should help keep them, and other insects, at bay.

If you're dealing with dangerous spiders, or none of these methods are helping, contact a local pest control service, such as Allstate Pest Control, for professional treatment and removal.

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