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Where Do Spiders Go During The Winter?

a spider on rusty metal

Unlike other pests that come into our homes during the cold winter months in search of a warm place to spend the winter, spiders are not attracted to warmth because they are “cold-blooded”. Spiders that remain in nature have bodies that produce an antifreeze substance. It’s a lot like the antifreeze we put in our vehicles to protect them in the winter! The spider antifreeze builds up in their tissues and helps lower the temperature at which they will freeze. Spiders instinctively know to find shelter as it gets colder, such as leaves or inside crevices in tree bark. Those small, sheltered places, combined with their antifreeze, keeps them alive until spring. If spiders find their way into your home, they don’t have to bother with the creation of the antifreeze or find hiding spots in trees to prevent their bodies from becoming frozen. Indoor spiders simply live out their lives eating insects in your home, die, or at the very least stop reproducing.

To help prevent spiders in your home, spend some time keeping their favorite hiding areas clutter-free, including the garage, basement, and attic. Spiders look for areas that are undisturbed, so these areas of your home are prime hiding places for them. Another way to prevent spiders in your home is to seal their entry points. Spiders are small and can squeeze through window screen rips or the cracks and crevices around your foundation or siding. Inspect your home for possible entry sites and seal them on a regular basis. Inspect packages left on your front step or porch before bringing them inside. If you get a delivery while you are not at home, spiders and other pests can hide in or on the packaging and you can unknowingly bring them into your home. Finally, vacuum regularly, making sure to get under the furniture and in the corners. This will remove cobwebs, spiders, and eggs that may be in areas you don’t see.

If you have a spider infestation, don’t hesitate to call Action Pest Control. We can eliminate the infestation and help you prevent future infestations. Also, if you just want to avoid an infestation in the first place, call us to be proactive and reduce the likelihood of spiders and other pests making your home their new source for food, water, and shelter. Action Pest specializes in home pest control in Indianapolis. Call us today to begin prepping your house for the long winter, so that you and your family are the only ones taking advantage of the warmth your home provides.