As winter approaches, spiders and other arthropods will seek ways to enter your nice warm home.
Fortunately, there are ways to keep spiders and other multi-legged intruders outside, where they belong.
Consider the following suggestions.
1. Seal Up Your Home
Spiders are small and can enter a building through tiny holes and cracks. So, cover vents and chimneys with insect screens that have fine mesh.
Then fix or replace damaged window screens and use caulk to fill in holes and gaps on closed windows and doors.
Finally, get rid of possible hiding spots for spiders, which like to hide in shrubs or woodpiles. They may also hide under rocks, mulch or leaves.
2. Pay Attention to Lighting
Lights don’t attract spiders, but they can attract many of the creatures that spiders like to eat — and they can get into your home, too.
For example, pull down opaque blinds or shades to keep light from shining out of your windows. Consider switching to sodium-vapor lamps for outdoor lights, since they are less likely to attract insects compared to other types of lights.