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Remove Spiders from Your Home

Despite the benefits spiders can bring, most people do not want spiders in their homes. While it is difficult to ensure that you will never again see a spider in your home, it is possible to utilize a combination of pesticide application and minor environmental modifications to greatly reduce the chances of having spiders in your home.

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Why do I keep finding spiders in my room/house?

Seeking shelter from colder months is a major reason you may be finding spiders in your rooms. Spiders can’t survive in the freezing cold winter months and must find a place to shack up in order to survive. If you don’t take preventative measures against spiders, or other pests, your home may be the home of some new unwelcome tenants.

Food is a major driving force as to why a spider lives where it does. Spiders will follow the food they eat, namely insects. If you’re seeing a large number of spiders in your home it’s very likely you have another pest infestation you just haven’t seen yet. Often these insects are unseen and go unnoticed because of the spiders themselves.

Noteworthy West Michigan Spiders

Most spiders you find in West Michigan are harmless to humans. These are a few notable species.

Brown Recluse (Venomous)

The Brown Recluse is known for its violin-shaped mark on its back.

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Wolf Spider (Mildly Venomous)

The Wolf Spider has a large family. Most of them are large, dark, and active.

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Black Widow (Venomous)

The Northern Black Widow is most commonly found in the lower western peninsula of Michigan.

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Jumping Spider

Not particularly dangerous, the Jumping Spider is one of the largest found in North America.

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What attracts spiders into your house?

Spiders enter your home looking for food and shelter. Some spiders get trapped inside accidentally. Other spiders are simply visitors looking to shelter up during the cold season. Then there are a few who like to make your home their personal residence where they hunt and breed. Spiders are great at hiding. They will make themselves at home in a dark and dusty attic where they hunt for food, and look for secure places to hide their eggs.

Here are some reasons you may be finding spiders in your room or house.

Too much clutter

Spiders are great at hiding and love doing it. They prefer dark places to live and to hunt. If your home is heavily cluttered consider tidying up so you don’t give spiders any more incentive to move in. Here are some easy things you can do to help eliminate places for spiders to hide.

    • Clean, organize or recycle piled-up books, magazines, and papers. 
    • Organize the area under the sinks
    • Clean and organize cluttered closets
    • Clean and organize your house. Get stuff off the floors and don’t leave trash lying around

Not Cleaning Regularly

Unclean areas provide perfect homes for spiders to live in. Regular thorough cleanings of your home will drastically reduce the spider population in your home

    • Vacuum regularly and thoroughly
    • Under the couch, chairs, bed, etc. are commonly missed areas where spiders like to hide.
    • Clean your light fixtures and ceiling fans 
    • Keep kitchens, bathrooms and entryways swept and mopped

SAFEGUARD PEST SOLUTIONS

PEST ELIMINATION PROGRAM

Keep the pests out with Safeguard’s Pest Elimination Program. 

The PEP program is designed to keep bugs where they belong – outside of your home! The PEP Service targets the exact treatment formula and rotation schedule needed to keep your home free from pesky home invaders such as ants, stink bugs, spiders, wasps, Japanese beetles and more

Satisfaction Guaranteed

If you have any problems inside your home while signed up with PEP, Safeguard will take care of you at no extra costs. And—in addition to this great value, we’ll happily remove any unwanted wasp, bee and yellow jacket nests. Need pest control? Safeguard Pest Solutions is here for you.

(PEP does not include pests that can be carried in by pets or loved ones such as fleas, ticks, bed bugs, and similar. We are happy to discuss included and non-included services prior to sign-up.)

How do you keep spiders out of the house?

Watch your landscaping. Make sure the exterior of your home is free of leaves, grass clippings, woodpiles, and any other notorious insect hideouts. Spiders and other insects are less likely to enter your home if you keep them away in the first place.

Prevent spiders from entering your home by tidying up outdoor areas around your house.

    • Keep shrubs and trees trimmed and cut back away from your house.
    • Firewood stacks are prime real-estate for spiders. Keep them away from the foundation of your home.
    • Keep the chimney flue closed when it’s not in use.

 

Cracks in your home or foundation will allow spiders to enter your home.

Do a thorough search around your home. Look for cracks or gaps from the outside to the inside. Seal up all large and small cracks or gaps you find. Spiders can fit in surprisingly small holes and cracks

    • Seal up all cracks and gaps you find in your foundation, around doors and windows, and anywhere else you may find one.
    • Install screens in all windows and doors.
    • Proper weatherstripping is essential. Repair any worn down weather stripping around your doors.

Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to spiders and other pests. Regular pest control service is your best solution to controlling a current spider infestation.

Will a spider attack me?

Humans are far more dangerous to spiders than spiders are to humans. Spiders are not out to get you and actively try to avoid humans. Most spiders don’t bite, and many couldn’t bite you if they wanted to. Even if you are bitten by a spider it’s very unlikely you get anything more than a small itchy red bump. 98% of spiders are harmless to humans. Even the dangerous few like black widows and brown recluses rarely bite. And of those bites very few cause serious injury. In the United States each year, about 2,200 people report being bitten by a black widow, but most do not need medical treatment. A number of spider bites are “dry” bites that have no venom injected. In the United States, no deaths due to black widows have been reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers since 1983.

Can house spiders hurt you?

Most common house spiders pose very little to no threat to humans. A house spider may bite if it feels threatened. A house spider bite is essentially harmless to humans. At most you may experience a minor irritation like a small itchy red bump. We are much more dangerous to spiders than they are to us. Bites are extremely rare among the few dangerous species like Black Widows or recluses.

THE BENEFITS OF SPIDERS

Despite their bad reputation, spiders are extremely useful in our gardens and ecosystem. They are nature’s top pest control agents. Spiders aid in controlling other common pests like mosquitoes, cockroaches, grasshoppers, and flies. All of these insects have been known to devastate crops, gardens, and homes. In fact, it’s estimated that worldwide, spiders eat 400-800 million metric tons of insects every year.

Chemical control can only do so much. Spiders can aid in limiting the population of the pests and can do more! Spiders significantly decrease the onset of several diseases such as malaria from mosquitoes and typhoid from house flies. In addition to being crop protectors and disease defenders, spiders’ venom is currently being studied by scientists as a way to help to treat arthritis. Medical applications that also involve the uses of spider silk and spider venom are increasing in number.

Is it bad to kill a spider?

It’s not inherently bad to kill spiders. Spiders prefer to leave humans alone. They eat other insects including potential disease carriers like mosquitoes. Killing spiders can be detrimental to the ecosystem. If you only find 1 occasional spider in your home you may consider trapping it and releasing it outside. If you’re one of the many people terrified by arachnids, that may not be an option for you. It’s understandable that having spiders living in your home can be stressful. If you believe your home is infested with spiders it’s a good idea to seek professional help.

There are around 4000 species of spiders in the United States. Fortunately, only 2 venomous species are found in Michigan. The Brown Recluse and the Black Widow are the only 2 spider species found in Michigan that pose any kind of serious risk to humans.

What will keep spiders away?

A common household item that will help keep spiders away from your home is vinegar. 

  • Half vinegar & water spray
    • Spray directly on spiders, webs, and in places you find them.
  •  Clean House
    • Spiders like to hide in nooks and crannies
    • Use plastic containers instead of cardboard (harder to climb in)
    • Regular dusting and vacuuming
    • Half vinegar & water spray

What smells do spiders hate?

  • Peppermint Oil
  • Tea Tree
  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Cinnamon

Be sure to change the fragrance regularly to help ensure this works.