People deal with the inevitable cold of Northern Kentucky winters in
different ways. So do spiders. Some people stay indoors to eat comfort food
and watch movies snuggled under a blanket; some embrace the cold and enjoy
sledding, snowshoeing, and skiing; others head south until warmer weather
returns. How about the eight-legged critters, that dwell among us?
If you’re thinking they all
come into your house to stay warm, you are incorrect.
In fact, most spiders
that live outdoors would have a hard time surviving in your home because of the
lack of food and water available to them. The spiders you see periodically in
your home are most likely a type of house spider. They spend their lives
indoors, just like the rest of their species has for centuries, living on bugs
that have found their way indoors and moving from home to home by laying their
eggs or hitching a ride on furniture or other belongings.
If you notice spiders in your home more often as fall nears, it is probably because they are out looking for mates, not looking for somewhere warm to overwinter. Many species, including those who live indoors, lay their eggs in the fall, so their search begins in late August or early September, coincidentally right when the weather can start to turn cool in our area. Occasionally a male outdoor spider may stumble into your home while searching for a partner, not because it’s cold.
Many spiders only live a year or less and they die when the cold weather
approaches. They have found a mate and laid their eggs, so their job is done. Some
species spin an extra-thick web in a protected place or burrow in the ground
and hibernate until spring. Other spiders go dormant, which means they don’t
move or eat as much as normal, but will occasionally come out of hiding when
the weather warms up a bit to catch a slow-moving bug.
It is nearly impossible to keep your home spider-free, but there
are ways to reduce their numbers besides using pest control in Lexington.
- Vacuum regularly
- Remove webs from corners, under cabinets, and behind furniture
- Minimize their food source – bugs – by keeping doors closed,
window screens repaired, and cleaning regularly
are generally harmless, but they are still an unwanted visitor in most
homes. You can reduce the risk of one ending up in your home by making your
yard uninviting. Don’t leave wood stacked near the house and keep the
surrounding area free from leaf piles and yard clippings.
If you have a spider infestation or can’t stand the thought of even one
spider being in your home, call IPM
Pest and Termite
, the Lexington pest