Are there really spiders in your house in the dead of winter? Yup. There is a pretty good chance. But not for the reasons you might think. Unlike the mosquito or the bed bug, spiders don’t enter your home to feed on your blood. In fact, they generally have no interest to be around you at all. Spiders also have no particular interest in getting out of the cold. They are able to produce a sort of antifreeze that protects them from the cold weather. So, why is there a good chance you have spiders in your home? Because spiders eat other insects–and many of those insects cannot live in the cold winter temperatures.

If you didn’t seal your walls before winter hit, you should take some precautions to protect yourself and your family from spiders that squeezed past your defenses. You can do this by keeping them from being drawn into your living space and by knowing where these arachnides hide.

You won’t generally see a spider unless you leave water or food out for them. They are generally content to live in your wall voids. Here are a few things that might draw them out.

  • Flies. If you produce fruit flies or house flies, you will draw spiders into the common areas of your house. Keep trash cans covered at all times and keep counters clean. If you like to eat fruit, leave it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it. Fruit flies lay eggs on fruit which hatch when the fruit becomes over-ripened.
  • Mist on the shower walls. If you like long hot showers, spiders will love you. A humid environment is attractive to many spiders.
  • A dripping faucet. Spiders need water to live. A leak is the perfect way to get the liquid they need.
  • Dusty shelves and window sills. Spiders like dusty, undisturbed areas.
  • Clutter is a playground for spiders. They nest and lay their eggs in nooks and crannies. If your home or attic is cluttered, spiders will feel right at home.

Though we have touched on some of the places you might find spiders, here are a few specific places of which to be aware.

  • Spiders hide and nest in boxes. If you’re moving things around in your attic, or searching for a piece of memorabilia, be careful. You could get a scare–or worse.
  • Spiders get into shoes. Always shake your shoes out before sliding your feet onto them.
  • Another place you might not want to slide into before checking is your bed. The vast majority of poisonous spider bites occur when humans bring these spiders into contact with their skin.
  • Spiders hide in sweaters, shirts, sweat shirts, and blankets. Shake these items out before putting them against your skin.

If you have issues with spiders, or other invasive pests, consider partnering with a pest management company. You don’t have to live with bugs and rodents. Modern pest controllers have terabytes of information on how to exclude pests without the use of pesticides. Get plugged in and protect your family from accidental spider bites this winter.