Along Came A Spider: How To Keep Spiders Away This Winter

Now that you're starting to feel the chill of the winter air, it's time to start thinking about spiders. This is the time of year when spiders start heading indoors to keep warm. If you're like most people, you want spiders to stay as far away from your home as possible. You can make that possible when you take a proactive approach to the deterrent. Here a few easy strategies you can utilize to keep spiders away:

Reach for the Vinegar

If you don't have a big bottle of vinegar in your home, you need to pick one up. Vinegar is a great natural ingredient to have around when you want to keep spiders away. All you need to do is fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and vinegar, and spray the solution around the entire perimeter of your home. Pay close attention to your doorways and window sills. Don't forget to treat both the outside and the inside of your home. If you don't like the smell of vinegar, add about a tablespoon of lemon juice to your solution. You'll keep the spiders away, and freshen your home, all at the same time.

Clear Up Those Dark Corners

If you've got a few dark corners in your, yard, and garage, you've got to clear them up before winter arrives. Those dark corners are the perfect hiding places for spiders. They particularly like the spaces behind boxes, the area behind your washer and dryer, and those dark closets you haven't looked in for months – or even years. Take the time to move everything out, and sweep away the dirt and debris. While you have everything out, use your vinegar solution to make the area less appealing to the spiders.

Use Cedar Chips in Your Gardens

If the gardens around your home are starting to look a little overrun this winter, take the opportunity to brighten things up, and get rid of the spiders. Rake away the dead leaves, and place a fresh layer of cedar chips or bark in your gardens. Spiders are repelled by cedar, which means they'll stay away from your gardens, and your home.

Make Friends With Your Exterminator

If you're seeing an increase in spider activity around your home, it's time to make friends with your exterminator. Have them come out and give your home a thorough pesticide treatment. Make sure they spray the inside and outside of your home, especially along the foundation. Not only will your exterminator get rid of the spiders, they'll also help you identify areas that are inviting the infestations in the first place.

Contact a company like Total Pest Control for more information and assistance.