Fall is upon us! Don’t forget to watch out for the common autumn pest – spiders! Spiders are very common during the fall months because they hurry to feed and lay their eggs. When the temperatures drop, insects and spiders seek shelter and look for a place to hide. You don’t want these eight-legged pests in your home!
Florida is home to many types of harmless spiders although a number of them may be poisonous. Noticing spiders in your home? It may be because they are on the hunt and eat common household insects. They make their way inside when temperatures become cooler, or when there is a lack of food or water outside.
How do Spiders get inside my home?
Spiders can easily be brought into your home, on items from the outdoors such as plants. They sneak into your home through small cracks as well as scurry inside when you open your door. Spiders can make their way inside doors or screens that don’t fit tightly, or vents that aren’t secured.
Where do Spiders hide?
Spiders prefer to hide high in a ceiling corner where you cannot easily reach them. Be careful of blindly reaching into a corner, under furniture, a quiet storage area, behind a box or empty cabinet. It is easy to accidentally brush up against a well-hidden spider! Signs of a potential infestation is the spider’s webs. The webs are funnel shaped and woven into a cobweb made of a silky adhesive that is strong and elastic. In addition to catching insects for food, the silk is also used to create egg sacs.
If I have 1 Spider, can I have more?
House spiders live about two years, continuing to reproduce throughout that lifespan. In general, outdoor Spiders reproduce at some point in spring and young Spiders slowly mature through summer. In the late summer and early fall months, spider populations thrive.
A typical spider’s egg sac can hatch out hundreds of baby spiders. A female can lay several egg sacs.
What do Spiders feed on?
Spiders feed on all kinds of indoor insects such as cockroaches, fungus gnats, carpet beetles, house flies, crickets, Indian meal moths, earwigs, even other spiders. Notice what the spiders are feeding on by checking the remains in and under their webs.
What can I do to eliminate Spiders?
- Vacuum both spiders and webs.
- Seal all openings. Repair cracks leading from the outside in to prevent spiders from finding their way indoors.
- Replace or fix torn window screens and vents.
- Turn your exterior lights off. Outdoor lighting attracts insects that serve as an appetizing food source for spiders.
- Trim shrubs and ornamental plantings away from the perimeter of you home.
- Clean all kitchen surfaces. Food crumbs attract other pests like ants, which, in turn, will attract spiders.
- Regularly sweep and vacuum your floors.
- Eliminate clutter. Clutter is a hiding place for spiders.