Spider Activity & Cool Weather
We recently met up with Vinny Cicileo, Branch Manager, in New York City and he explained,
“Homeowners might start to notice more spiders in and around their homes as the cooler weather rolls in. Much like humans, spiders seek shelter from cooler weather in warm environments. Unfortunately, our homes provide the perfect harborage site for these intruders to ride out the colder months, which can lead to a larger infestation.”
Spiders prefer to spin their webs in dark, undisturbed areas around the house, so homeowners should pay special attention to:
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends keeping these areas particularly clean and free of clutter.
Tips For Spider Removal & Prevention
Cicileo, paired with the NPMA, recommend these tips to avoid contact with spiders:
- Install screens and weather stripping on windows and door sweeps on doors.
- Fix any cracks in siding and walls, especially where pipes or wires enter the home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
- Wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time.
- Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors.
- Store clothing inside plastic containers and check shoes before putting them on, as spiders often hide in these items.
- If you suspect that a spider has bitten you, contact your primary care physician for medical advice.
- If you have a spider infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional.
“Spiders are a beneficial part of the ecosystem, as they provide a natural form of pest control by catching insects in their webs, but that doesn’t mean they have an open invitation to wander inside our homes.” – Vinny Cicileo, Branch Manager
Hide and Go Seek
When it comes to spiders inside your home, they tend to pop up seemingly out of nowhere and at the worst of times.
It is always good to recognize the types of nooks and crannies they seek in the winter, when your home provides a safe, warm haven for these eight-legged pests.
- Basements: Basements are often the exact temperature a spider desires, where storage may be kept or clutter tends to accumulate.
- Garage Space: Specifically if you have a heated garage, spiders can often be found here for the same reasons why a basement is appealing.
- Undisturbed Areas: Spiders prefer to build their webs and live in areas which are hidden and not kept neat and orderly. Since most spiders are either active or passive hunters for their prey, it is likely they may “spring up” unexpectedly and appear out of nowhere.
Spiders are just like humans in their need to self-preserve and make their way into warmer, more comfortable climates when the cold air comes swooping in.
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