Everything You Didn’t Know About Spiders

November 16, 2018

This started as a post about how to keep spiders out of your home, and it turned into a whole lot more.

We learned so much from our research on this topic that we just had to share it with you!

Myth #1: Spiders sneak into your house in the fall to get out of the cold.

Fact: 95% of the spiders you see in your house have NEVER been outside, and they didn’t come in through a crack in the wall. They were born somewhere in your home and have spent their entire lives there (and you were just fine not knowing!). You’re only seeing them more because it’s their mating season, and the males are coming out of hiding in search of females. Spiders deserve love, too!

Myth #2: The humane thing to do is to catch and release spiders outside.

Truth: Indoor spiders are accustomed to very specific environments. It’s likely that setting an indoor spider outside will be a slow death sentence. It seems counterintuitive, but it’s actually recommended to release the spider somewhere in your home that it won’t be a nuisance – like your garage or attic. Just make sure the rooms you want to keep “spider-free” are well-sealed-off.

Myth #3: KILL ALL THE SPIDERS!

Truth: Whoa whoa whoa, calm down. The simple truth is, unless you plan on burning your house down entirely (not recommended), you just can’t get rid of all the spiders. Every house has an established population of indoor spiders – anywhere from 50 to several hundred. Spiders are helpful behind-the-scenes workers: they keep small pests like flies, gnats and mosquitoes at bay. And they will only bite humans in self defense. They’d much rather be left alone, just like you!

Stay in Control

There are still ways to make your favorite living spaces less appealing to spiders.

  1. Keep it clean – put boxes and packages away promptly, dust and vacuum weekly, and remove any cobwebs you see.
  2. Hire an assassin – cats are excellent hunters and will send a clear message that spiders aren’t welcome in their domain.
  3. Get minty – dilute peppermint oil with a bit of water and spray in areas that are likely to attract eight-legged campers, like behind your TV stand or in quiet corners.