Most of the spiders you'll encounter inside your Auburn home aren't dangerous. While all spiders have fangs, they aren't looking to bite you. And, while all spiders have venom, most spiders don't have venom that will make you sick enough to go to the hospital. Spiders are mostly harmless. But it is hard to keep that in mind when you step out of the shower and almost step on a big, fat, hairy wolf spider. Or when a spider crawls across you while you're watching television. This is why they're not welcome in most Auburn homes. Fortunately, you don't have to live with Auburn spiders. There are eco-friendly ways to keep spiders out. All you have to do is roll your sleeves up and do some work.

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1. Web Removal

A big reason spiders get into your home is that you don't get control of them when they establish themselves near or inside your home. If you see webs under your deck, or inside your garage, it is easy to pass them by and think, "I'll get rid of those later." But doing this can significantly increase your spider problems. 

Do you know that one web can have an egg sac with 300 eggs in it? Yup. And we don't have to tell you what happens when all of those eggs hatch. That's why it is essential to remove spider webs as soon as you can.

  • Inspect secluded spaces inside your home and use a vacuum to suck up any webs you find. Dispose of the bag outside.

  • Inspect your exterior and use a web-removal tool to get webs off your home.

2. Insect Reduction

Spiders live where there is food to eat. Since spiders eat insects, you can actually have an impact on spider populations around your Auburn home by reducing the number of insects. Here are a few tips to help with this.

  • Many insects are attracted to light. Keep exterior lights off where possible. Replace white lights with yellow lights as yellow light is more resistant to insects.

  • Store bagged trash in covered trash receptacles and remove trash from your property weekly to prevent receptacles from having an odor.

  • Remove weeds and trim landscape vegetation to limit insect habitation options.

3. Reduce Moisture

Spiders, insects, and invertebrates are attracted to damp habitats. If the perimeter around your home is damp, you will have more trouble with spiders. Use these tips to get control of your moisture troubles.

  • Clean out your gutters. This prevents rainwater from spilling over and soaking the ground.

  • Fix spigots and hoses. This won't just reduce spiders, it will help you save money on your water bill.

  • If you use sprinklers to water your plants, make sure they're on a timer. Only give your plants the water they need. Overwatering doesn't just increase spiders, it can make your plants unhealthy.

  • Water your plants in the early morning. This gives the sun time to dry the moisture up during the day. You don't want moisture lingering overnight.

4. Seal Potential Entry Points

One of the best ways to keep spiders and other pests out of your home is to do a close inspection of your exterior and seal any holes, cracks, or gaps. While it is impossible to locate and seal every possible entry point, it is well worth the effort to try. Spiders get in through gaps around pipes, wires, and conduits. They also commonly exploit gaps in exterior doors. Inspect your door sweeps, weatherstripping, and the outside edges around your door frames.

5. Remove Yard Debris And Clutter

Spiders hide in holes, crevices, and voids. You can see evidence of this when you walk around your property. You'll find webs in these places. The best way to prevent interior spider problems is to give spiders fewer places to establish themselves in your yard. 

  • Remove objects that don't need to be in your yard.

  • Fill in ground holes.

  • Remove weeds and unnecessary vegetation.

  • Seal the openings to voids within objects and structures.

  • Rake or blow leaves away from your exterior and remove them from your property.

Professional Spider Control

It isn't easy keeping spiders out of your home. It takes a lot of hard work. But we can help make the task easier. At Prewett Pest Control, we provide exterior pest control to help you get control of spiders, insects, and invertebrates around your Auburn home. We also give you protection from over 30 common Alabama pests, some of which aren't nearly as harmless as most spiders. Reach out to us today with any questions you have or schedule a visit from one of our friendly pest professionals. Find out why Auburn residents love Prewett Pest Control.


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