How to Keep Spiders Out of Your Home
There are several safe and natural ways to keep spiders out of your Gilbert, AZ home and ensure that they don’t bother you. Spiders are mostly harmless although there are a few poisonous varieties in Arizona, but most people don’t want them wandering around their home. Thankfully, you can keep spiders out your home without having to spray toxic pesticides, and if you have been seeing spiders in your home regularly, try some of these tips before calling in a professional exterminator.
Keep your home neat and clean
One of the best ways to keep spiders out of your Gilbert, AZ home is to simply keep it clean and neat. Spiders love hiding in messy areas because it gives them cover and allows them to build webs, so keep the floors and corners of your home clean from clutter. Also be sure to dust your home regularly to destroy webs. You should also keep your garage clutter free as the garage can be a nexus into your home from the outdoors and can have several hiding spots for spiders.
Caulk windows and cracks
Spiders can be attracted to the heat in your home or dark hiding spots through cracks in your windows or doors. If you have been seeing them on a regular basis be sure to check for any openings around your windows or doors and caulk any openings wherever you can. You may want to hire a professional to do a walk around of the inside and outside of your home and catch any potential openings, and you may need to install tighter fitting screens.
Try citrus or peppermint to keep them away
Citrus scents can also drive spiders away, so you can rub citrus peels near any openings that can’t be caulked, or also try peppermint as well. Mix about 15 drops of peppermint essential oil with water and spray the mixture near openings on the inside and outside of your home. The mixture shouldn’t harm any furniture or wood, but test it on a small spot to be sure. You should also spray the corners of the home and areas that have had spiders in the past.