Spiders are among the most feared of home invaders, and taking consideration of their reproduction makes for an even scarier thought. It is understandable that there are more phobias associated with spiders than any other pest, just look at their appearance and harmful capabilities. With that being said, there are methods to deal with home spiders, some of which will be covered in this article.

First and foremost, don’t expect perfection when it comes to preventing spider multiplication. It’s important to acknowledge their anatomy, behavior and habits. Biologically, spiders are not very receptive when it comes to chemical agents nor are they cooperative with pesticides. This means that the act of spraying alone is not an effective defense against spiders. Also, consider the fact that spiders are built off the ground and when they walk they’re not dragging their bellies as they move across surfaces. So if there’s insecticide residue on a surface and a spider moves across it, the residue will only touch their feet. To get rid of a spider requires contact via direct spray, shoe, newspaper, or other weapon of choice.

One effective approach to indoor spider control is remembering that spiders are predators and they primarily consume insects. So if you can significantly reduce the presence of other insects and pests around the home, the spiders will be less inclined to hang around. Most spiders like to linger around light sources as a result of their reliance on flying insects that tend to move towards light. Crack and crevice treatment through use of insecticides provide some control, with another option being the use of sticky traps or glue boards. These capture methods don’t involve pesticides or attractants. While some companies that manufacture these mechanisms try to add a scent to the trap, the most attractive thing for a spider is an insect stuck within the glue trap. This tends to be a visual cue that draws the spider into the trap which captures them and leads to their death. The best places to put such traps for spiders are in dark, quiet spaces. Good examples include closets, a space between a wall and a bed, or by any piece of furniture, all of which are common patterns of traffic for spiders.