When temperatures drop, spiders tend to move inside our Fenton homes. This isn't because spiders are especially bothered by the cold. It is more because the insects they feed on outside disappear during the winter, and the interiors of our homes are sometimes the only places they can go to get a meal. If they haven't gotten in yet, there are a few things you can do to keep them out.
You Shall Not Pass!
There are many ways a spider can get into your home. These are some of the most common:
- Gaps in weather stripping. If you're not familiar with what weather stripping is, it is the rubbery material around your doors. This rubber seal keeps heat in your home during the winter and out during the summer. It is also a deterrent for bugs. If a spider crawls along your foundation wall and finds a door with a small gap in the weather stripping, it may decide to check out what is inside, especially if it is a spider that is prone to establishing itself in holes made by wildlife, as is the case with the brown recluse spider.
- Door sweeps. Along with weather stripping, a door may have a door sweep. This is a strong piece of plastic or rubber that is put across the bottom of a door to provide weatherproofing and draft prevention. It keeps bugs out too. Make sure your door sweeps are doing their job when you check your weather stripping.
- Holes around windows. We often think of holes and tears in screens as avenues that spiders use to get into the house but usually, spiders don't get past the interior window after they slip through a damaged screen. But, when spiders find a hole in the seal around a window frame, they can gain access to your frame void or get right into your wall void. Check to make sure the seals around your basement and 1st-story windows are in good condition.
- Any hole. If you have holes in your exterior walls, such as those created by wood-destroying insects and rodents, spiders will take advantage of them. These should be repaired or filled in to keep spiders and other pests out.
There are many entry points spiders can use to get into your home. For the best protection, we recommend routine treatments around the foundation perimeter of your home to take down insects and the spiders that eat them. These routine treatments are part of our Signature Pest Protection program. If you'd like to learn more or schedule service, reach out to us. We're here to help.