Spring itself represents a time of rebirth and renewal—and in Nampa, it also marks the time of year when spiders ramp up their activity. Some spiders hibernate through the winter, while others remain active throughout, and Nampa is home to both types of arachnids. When the warm temperatures of the returning spring rouse spiders, Nampa homeowners may notice more spiders trying to find their way indoors. The only way to keep spiders away from your home and property is with Nampa pest control.

 Read on to learn why spiders enter Nampa homes in the spring and which spiders are dangerous. We also provide six natural tips on preventing spiders in the springtime and the best way to keep your home spider-free all year.

Why Spiders Enter Nampa Homes In The Spring

The mating season for spiders begins in the summer and ends in the early fall, so they’re prepping for this significant moment when spring comes around. Also, in the spring, the prey that spiders feed on—such as flies, ants, worms, and snails—are out and about in high numbers as well, providing them with an ample food source. 

Because spiders are present in higher numbers during the spring, there’s a greater likelihood of them entering your home, but there are a few factors that attract them even more.

Some of the factors that attract spiders are:

  • Bright lights, specifically bright white or blueish lights
  • Dampness or humidity, which can be caused by clogged drains or leaky pipes
  • Accessible trash 

Most Spiders Bite; Some Are Dangerous 

Spiders won’t typically bite unless provoked, but most of them are capable. Most spider bites result in mild redness and irritation, and others are hardly noticeable. However, some spiders—namely the black widow spider (which is present in Nampa) carry venom, and their bites are painful and require immediate medical attention. 

Six Natural Springtime Spider Prevention Tips

Aside from pest control services, the most effective way to keep spiders out of your Nampa home and property is with preventative action.

Here are six natural prevention tips to deter spiders:

  1. Swap outdoor bulbs for a yellow compact fluorescent light that doesn’t attract flies, moths, and other bugs and, in turn, spiders.
  2. Cover trash cans with lids to prevent insects from infesting garbage and spiders from having access to more prey.
  3. Use peppermint oil by combining a few drops of essential oil with an eight-ounce bottle of water and spray throughout your home, as well as the foundation surrounding your home. 
  4. Keep the clutter at a minimum, both indoors and outdoors, as clutter provides spiders with ample places to hide out, breed, and remain unnoticed for some time.
  5. Be vigilant about keeping the exterior perimeter of your home clean, which includes picking up leaves, grass clippings, wood chips, and other vegetation. Also, be sure to check the foundation and exterior-facing walls for signs of damage. 
  6. Don’t leave pet food out overnight, as pet food attracts pests, like ants and cockroaches, which attract spiders.

The Best Way To Keep Your Home Spider-Free All Year

The safest and most effective way to keep spiders out of your home year-round is with help from professional pest control services. Affinity Pest Control is a family- and veteran-owned and operated business that’s been serving home and property owners in Nampa and surrounding areas since 2020. We pride ourselves on our customer-centric focus and high-quality solutions, and we offer eco-friendly prevention methods to meet your needs. For help with spiders and other pests, call Affinity Pest Control today at 208-515-7509.