There are lots of different spiders in the world, and you may be tempted to think that this article is about a certain kind of spider called the “fall spider,” that falls from the sky and lands on you while you’re out and about. That would be freaky, wouldn’t it? Fortunately, we’re going to be talking about fall, the season, not spiders that fly down and land on your neck or in your hair. Though, it is actually possible for this to happen. Many spiders take part in a kiting behavior called ballooning in which they release spinnerets from their abdomen into the air and form a triangular shaped parachute that can lift them high into the air on the slightest of breezes. So, theoretically, they can fall down on you from the sky. But our focus is going to be on the conditions that draw fall spiders into your yard and into your home.

When you go out back behind your house, are you finding it like a minefield this time of year? You have to pay attention to prevent taking a spider web right in the face. Those house spiders have had all year to grow–and their webs have grown with them. Now you probably have large, beautiful spider webs near eaves, under overhangs, and crossing from beam to beam on your deck, balcony, or patio. What brings them in?

  • If you do a lot of watering, you’ll have more spiders. These pests are drawn in by moisture. Wet flower beds, grass, ornamentals, and gardens are a promise to spiders that they will find something to drink and something to eat.
  • If you have open trash, you’ll notice spiders setting up shop in these areas. When flying insects come to feast on your trash, the spiders will come to feast on those flying insects.
  • You will probably notice lots of spider webs up near eaves, especially if you don’t regularly sweep these areas. This is because spiders eat wasps and other overwintering pests.
  • You may notice spider webs around your light fixtures or on your windows. Flies are attracted to light and spiders are aware of this. This is why they will build webs near a light source.

All those spiders living in your yard are going to be motivated to find a warmer place to be when the temperatures start to drop. Here are some ways to protect your home from invasion.

  • You probably can’t do too much about watering your plants or lawn, but you can remove webs when you find them. This will frustrate spiders and possibly send them looking for an easier place to set up shop.
  • Sealed trash cans keep flies and spiders away.
  • Webs on your eaves may help with wasps and mosquitoes, but a pest control company can help you keep both of these pests away.
  • Replacing exterior white lights with yellow insect-resistant bulbs and keeping curtains drawn at night will reduce flying insects and the spiders that eat them.

Fewer spiders around your home mean fewer spiders in your home, all year long. But this is especially true in fall when spiders look for a place to escape the cold.

Prevent the fall invasion by reducing the attractants that draw spiders into your yard, and by partnering with a pest control company with the knowledge and experience to guide you in natural exclusion methods, or to apply limited and focused pest control products in areas where your home is vulnerable. One call to ChemTec Pest Control will start you on your way to a spider-free winter by keeping those fall spiders out.