TIPS FOR CONTROLING SPIDERS
OUTSIDE THE HOME
- Clean up wood piles and other debris that can create hiding places attractive to spiders
- Keep shrubs and other items far enough from your home to allow sun and air to penetrate the space between the plants and the house
- Remove webs from patio furniture, decks, and other items in your yard
- Insect prey will attract spiders. Use yellow or sodium vapor bulbs for outdoor lighting to reduce the light's attractiveness to insects.
- In the garden, spiders may be helpful in controlling plant-eating pests. Most spiders do not damage garden plants. Spraying plants with water from a hose is often sufficient to remove spiders from plants prior to harvest
INSIDE THE HOME
- Avoid clutter.
- Control humidity in attics, basements, and other dark areas
- Seal stored boxes with tape
- Vacuum up spiders, egg cases, and webs if you find them inside
- Spiders typically enter homes through cracks and crevices around the foundation, or doors and windows.
- Seal or caulk these areas
- Make sure windows and doors fit tightly