How to Keep Spiders Out of Your Home
A beautifully spun spider web is something to behold. But the creepy-crawly arachnid it belongs to? That’s a whole other story.
Although spiders are beneficial and prey on many different insect pests, chances are you would rather not have them building their homes inside of yours -- especially if you’re dealing with a dangerous species like Brown Recluse or Black Widow. (Brown Recluses are varying shades of brown, with a dark violin-shaped marking on their backs. Black Widows are shiny black with a red hourglass-shaped mark on their tummies.)
Here are three simple steps to control the spiders already in your house and help keep the rest outdoors, where they belong.
- Seal or repair cracks, holes, and window screen tears to get rid of easy entry points.
- Apply Ortho® Home Defense® Insect Killer for Indoor & Perimeter2 around windows, doors, cabinets, and baseboards. It doesn’t stain, has no odor, and it protects against spiders for up to 12 months when applied to non-porous surfaces. Bonus: It’s really easy to use! (Check out the video above for a quick how-to, and be sure to follow label directions.)
- Get rid of the places outside where they like to hide and lay their eggs. Trim overgrown plants, pick up trash, and clean up wood, debris, or other objects from around your home’s perimeter. Finally, spread Ortho® Home Defense® Insect Killer for Lawns Granules on the lawn around the perimeter of your home to kill spiders seeking to come inside.