The things that attract spiders are too many. We are frequently being asked if spiders are attracted to light or dark but the list of things that may cause spider infestation is very long.
So, what is so tempting that attracts spiders namely to your house? Spiders are like any other creature, they need food and shelter. Many species have adapted to the environment indoors. One thing that draws spiders in your home is a plentiful supply of food. The eight-legged predators feast upon insects, either by catching them in nets, hunting or ambushing them. That being said, spiders are excellent pest controllers themselves and often used in biological pest control when it comes to crops and gardens. So an effective way to keep spiders at bay is to cut their food supply. In other words, you better lay waste upon any insects that dare to roam your household. Or if your aim is to attract spiders, invite some flies in and they’ll soon join the party.
What Attracts Spiders in the House?
Spiders are mainly attracted to the insects in your home, which are their primary food source. But what other factors make them crawl into your house or flat and become your “roommates”?
- Insects a.k.a Food – their food choices make them nature’s best domestic pest controllers, as they feed on insects. Anything from drain flies through crickets and mosquitoes to fruit flies, cockroaches, earwigs or clothes moths is part of their menu; See what are the most common insects spiders feed on to see what to keep away from your home.
- Warmth is very attractive to spiders – during cold months spiders seek shelter;
- Water – some spiders don’t even require water. But if there are any which do, they’d prefer to drink water from sink taps or bathtubs. Yet, just to be on the safe side avoid leaving any sources;
- Privacy – for this reason you won’t see them in highly visible spots. Where do spiders hide in rooms? They prefer corners, crevices, dark and less used spaces;
- Second hand furniture – not that it attracts spiders per say, it’s just highly possible to bring a spider egg sac with it;
- Spider Glue Traps – If you wish to lure the small impostors yourself, try spider traps. They contain pheromones that attract spiders. Once they get their eight legs on the “perfumed” surface it gets them stuck in the trap and eventually die. If your aim is to keep them alive you should be careful on how you use these;
- Mating drums – Spiders attract one of their own when mating.In fact, spiders have sound rituals which they do, this means even more spiders will be attracted inside your home when the arachnids mate.
- Domestic waste draws spiders’ natural pray inside your home. To minimize the chance of being infested by the arthropods, simply take care of the household rubbish.
- Cannibalism among spiders also occurs. Spider species such as the daddy long legs spider would eat not just insects but 8-legged creatures too, so leaving spiders at home as a natural form of pest control, doesn’t mean fewer spiders.
- Fruits also attract spiders. It’s highly possible to spot a spider crawling out of a banana or grape and the worst thing is that usually venomous spiders hide inside fruits. Always take a close look at what you put in the shopping bag.
In conclusion, what mainly attracts spiders to your bedroom is insects they feed off. Your home provides many different hiding spots for spiders. Despite recent reports, it’s very rare for spiders in the UK to be dangerous to humans. On the whole, they’re more of a benefit as they eat other insects that do pose a threat to human health. But if you really don’t like them, it is fairly easy to reduce their numbers in your home – either follow our simple tips or give us a call and we’ll take care of the problem for you.
The Favourite Hangout Spots of Spiders
It’s a common myth that spiders migrate inside your home once it gets chilly. Household spiders are adjusted to living indoors and tend to prefer dark, narrow spaces with less to none human activity, as they are very sensitive to movement. They lead quiet lives and love their privacy. Spiders don’t necessarily love a damp environment, it’s just the ideal setting for an abundance of insects, hence spider food. Some of them prefer damp conditions while others linger to dry environments.
But where do spiders live in your house exactly:
- cellars and attics;
- corners of the ceiling;
- behind larger household appliances and indoor furniture;
- in bathrooms;
- in the garage;
- inside vehicles;
- in food, mostly fruits;
- swimming pools;
You will be surprised to learn that ordinary insecticides aren’t all that effective against spiders.So what on Earth kills spiders? If you have to use a chemical to kill spiders, choose one especially formulated for the job. Panther Pest Control can help you find safe chemical solutions to this type of problem if needed.
Are Spiders Attracted to Human or Pet Food?
No, not at all. Spiders can’t digest human or pet food, so it wouldn’t even cross their minds to try. They prefer domestic pests like cockroaches, earwigs or clothes moths and other.
What Attracts Spiders To Humans?
The might not even know you exist until you become a threat to them. Spiders are not attracted to humans per say, rather they might be attracted to the warmth we emit. Or as in most cases, they just accidentally end up on us coming from the ceiling or anywhere above head height where they’ve spun their webs. How does that happen? A curious spider-related fact is they don’t put all their energy into producing brand new silk every time. They recycle their silk by eating it. So, no, they didn’t want to attack you or take a walk along your body. You just interrupted their recycling process and their silk got “glued” on you when you were passing by.
How to Spider-Proof Your Home?There are a few things you can do in order to spider-proof your home and prevent the eight-legged rascals from invading your home and get all cosy in the ceiling corners of every room.
- Frequent dusting;
- Vacuum cleaning holes and crevices;
- Removing webs from corners, ceilings and other likely places;
- Clean second-hand furniture prior to bringing it into your house;
- Sealing tiny crevices and holes- This will close the entrances to your home and, so the little pests won’t be able to get in the house;
Cleaning After a Spider Infestation
Though spiders can’t contaminate your home heavily, it’s clever to disinfect your property once you get rid of the arachnids. It’s never completely clear where they’ve been before and what bacteria the spiders might have brought into the place you live. Make sure to thoroughly clean your home.
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