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No one likes an unwanted guest in their home, especially when said guests have eight legs. The good news is you can help protect your home from spiders by taking certain precautions.

Benefits of Spiders

While we know spiders aren’t necessarily appealing, we feel the need to stick up for the little fellas. After all, a spider eats about 2,000 insects a year, according to National Geographic News. That’s a lot of insects kept from entering your house or staying there!

spiders eat 2,000 insects a year

Spiders’ silk is inconceivably strong; in fact, it has a higher strength-to-density ratio than steel. Humans have used spiders’ silk for ages. A big benefit is it doesn’t contribute to any type of pollution and is environmentally friendly.

spiders silk has a higher strength-to-density ratio than steel

Another interesting tidbit about spiders? Their venom has hundreds of chemical compounds that could be beneficial to humans. Many scientists are currently testing these compounds to see which ones could potentially heal human disease or offer other benefits.

Preventing Spiders in Your Home

Now that we’ve given spiders their credit, we won’t feel guilty telling you how to keep them out of your house. We understand — you want to keep the bugs outside and appreciate them from afar, not in your home’s nooks and crannies.

Strong Scents

Spiders do not like overwhelming scents, so liberally use your favorite essential oil scent around your house. Peppermint, cinnamon, lavender, or rose are all wonderfully fragrant options. Use a diffuser or simply fill a spray bottle with drops of oil and water and sprinkle around the house to ward off spiders.

As if you should need a good reason to garden, gardening can help in your spider-repellant efforts. Plant a eucalyptus tree, mint, or lavender around your windows and near any openings in your house to keep spiders away.

If essential oils or gardening aren’t your thing, spiders specifically don’t like the smell of garlic, cedar, vinegar, or citrus.

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Spring Cleaning

Spiders know they aren’t winning any favorite bug awards and are smart enough to hide from humans. It’s more difficult to hide in a clean house. Make it a point to vacuum and dust often. Clean up cobwebs to discourage spiders from taking shelter in your shelves and cupboards.

Close Openings

Check your doors and windows for any openings that spiders could crawl through. If you see any, be sure and handle those as soon as you can to prevent more from entering your house.

Lights Out

Lights don’t attract spiders, but they attract spiders’ food. Spiders are motivated to go where their food goes so don’t leave your outdoor lights on unless necessary.

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If pest prevention is something you’d prefer to leave to the experts, please contact us — we’re always happy to help!

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