Using Your Spidey Sense: Understanding, Preventing, And Treating A Spider Infestation

Certain tasks may seem like priorities when it comes to home maintenance, but placing pest control at the top of your to-do list is also smart because some insects can wreak havoc on both your home and your health. Whether you suffer from arachnophobia or live in a climate where poisonous spiders such as black widows and brown recluses frequent, preventing these 8-legged creatures from thriving in your home is imperative. Using this guide and a bit of "spidey sense," you will understand how to treat and prevent a spider infestation.


It is important to note that most homeowners will see one or more spiders periodically. In most cases, dealing with a few spiders here and there should not be a problem. However, if you are noticing one or more of the following signs, you most likely have an infestation that should be addressed immediately:

  • Multiple webs in and around the home
  • Egg sacs in webs, corners of home, or window and door frames
  • Multiple spiders throughout the day/night

Again, do not panic if you are noticing the above signs. Consult a pest professional to determine what type of spiders are infesting your home.


Treating a spider problem is possible. Most pest professionals will start by removing webs that are found in and outside your home. These webs most likely contain spider eggs, which need to be eradicated so you do not have to deal with spiders any further.

Applying an insecticide to problem areas will also be necessary. This will kill any spiders, eggs, and other insects that are lingering in and around the home.


Prevention is your best weapon for treating a spider infestation. If you hire a professional company to treat an infestation, they will be able to inspect your home and yard to determine what is attracting spiders to the area.

One of the easiest ways to prevent spiders and other pests from your home is to focus on your landscaping. Spiders are attracted to high levels of moisture, so make sure to clean up any standing water that is in your yard and around your home's exterior. Mow the lawn and trim shrubs regularly to control moisture and reduce cluttered debris in your yard.

Use caulk to seal any cracks in your home's foundation, crawlspace, and attic area. Consider sealing your crawlspace or installing a vapor barrier in the space to reduce moisture content. Pest control companies offer regular applications of pesticide, which can be applied to the perimeter of your home every few months. This is one of the most effective options for preventing spiders and repelling other pests.

You do not have to live with unappealing and dangerous spiders. With a bit of "spidey sense," you will learn the signs, treatment options, and preventative measures for spider infestations. For more information, contact local pest control services.