Every year we hear news of a serious increase in numbers of spiders. (Fun fact: Bees are more deadly than a lot spiders.) Most spiders we find in our homes are harmless and are actually great for keeping your home free from other insects. Regardless, no one likes a spider hanging around the house — pun intended. Here are eight easy things you can do to help keep your house and garden spider-free.
1. Remove webs.
Regularly checking for and removing spider webs from about your house and garden prevents spiders from lurking about and reproducing.
2. Burn candles.
Spiders don’t like the smell of strong odors such as cinnamon, eucalyptus oil, and citrus. Use cinnamon candles and spray eucalyptus and lemon or orange oil in areas where you often see webs.
3. Fill in gaps.
Spider-proof your house by filling in the gaps between walls and under doors where possible to prevent spiders from moving in.
4. Limit lighting.
Insects are attracted to the lights in your home, and spiders eat insects. Turn off lights in unused rooms to create a less-than-ideal environment for spiders.
5. Employ your cats and dogs.
Many dogs and cats will chase anything that moves; these energetic types can be good spider deterrents.
6. Apply insecticide.
To prevent spiders from entering your house, apply an insecticide to the perimeters of your home. You can get these at a number of home and garden depots, or, alternatively, you call in pest control who will do this for you.
7. Maintain a clean house.
Spiders love hiding in little nooks and crannies of clutter. Vacuum regularly to prevent spiders from moving in. Also keep piles of wood and other debris in your garden to a minimum and store these as far as possible from your house.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.