Spiderweb with spider in the background. Pioneer Pest Management in Portland OR & Vancouver WA talks about spider mating season and how to help keep spiders away.

You may be decorating your home with cobwebs and fake spiders as you prepare for Halloween, but real spiders can be a frightening sight. In fact, it’s estimated that around 3.5% to 6% of people across the world have arachnophobia.

What’s important to note is that spiders are natural predators. They attack and kill insects and generally prefer to keep to themselves, hiding out in cool, dark places. That isn’t to say you won’t ever see them. During the fall, male spiders are in search of a mate. While female spiders stay put, male spiders will walk around your house, even right in the middle of your living room desperately looking for a female spider.

If spiders give you the creeps, keep reading. We at Pioneer Pest Management are sharing our favorite spider control tips.

How to Keep Spiders Away

Spiders will go wherever their prey is which includes small insects and sometimes other spiders. They also like cool, dark, vacant spaces. So here are some tips you can try to help keep them out.

Indoor Spider Control Tips

  • Vacuum and sweep regularly, paying attention to the corners of your home, your ceiling, and underneath furniture
  • Remove clutter like laundry piles, boxes, and toys
  • Store your belongings in plastic containers with airtight lids
  • Replace torn or worn weatherstripping on your doors and windows
  • Install door sweeps

Outdoor Spider Control Tips

  • Seal any cracks on the exterior of your home using a silicone-based caulk, pay particular attention to where utilities meet your home
  • Store firewood out and away from your home
  • Replace your porch light with an insect-resistant type light bulb to deter insects spiders are attracted to
  • Trim back landscaping shrubs so they don’t touch your home
  • Using a broom, sweep down spiderwebs
  • Remove debris and clutter, including leaf piles

These tips can help you in your war against spiders, but if you want to get rid of these creepy pests for good, you’ll want to contact a professional pest control technician, like Pioneer Pest Management. We have a unique knowledge of the spiders native to the Pacific Northwest. We know their habits and how to effectively keep them out using safe and effective measures. So if you’re looking for a fast and reliable way to keep spiders at bay this fall, give us a call.

Eek! Spider Mating Season is Here! in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

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And in the Vancouver WA Area:


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