Around the time fall comes around, you might start to see spiders entering your home to escape extreme weather conditions or cold temperatures. While a spider pest control company can you help rid of spiders that have already made their way into your house, there are several precautions you can take to stop them from getting inside in the first place. Keep your house spider-free with these three tips.
1. Close Any Gaps in Windows, Walls or Doors
Spiders can easily crawl into your house through small gaps beneath or around your doors, cracks on the outside of your window, holes in screens, and utility openings on the outside of your house. Use caulk to seal any cracks or holes you see and fill any gaps around utility openings. Repair any rips in your door and window screens or replace them completely. Use weather stripping on the bottom of sliding glass doors and door sweeps on all other exterior doors.
2. Spray or Diffuse Peppermint Oil
Many people claim that peppermint oil is a natural spider repellent and can even help keep other bugs away, such as some species of ants. One effective way to use peppermint oil is to mix several drops with water and some dish soap in a small spray bottle. Spray this solution on areas that spiders often enter your home from. You can also use a diffuser to spread the scent throughout your home.
3. Remove Webs and Insects From Your Home
While not all species of spiders create webs, many can spin webs around your house that look unsightly. Removing these webs might encourage spiders in your home to find a new place to build their web outside your home. Also, since spiders prey on other insects, keeping other bugs out of your home will take away the spiders’ food source.