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

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