Here’s how to keep spiders out of your home as temperatures drop this fall

Homeowners have been warned that spiders will be moving into their homes in the coming weeks as winter sets in and temperatures begin to drop.

et Éireann has forecast cooler conditions this week, with temperatures falling to the mid teens during the day and as low as 5C on Wednesday evening.

Pest control supplier Rentokil has shared its tips for households to prevent the presence of spiders in their homes this fall.

Rentokil consultant Richard Faulkner said: “As the warm weather draws to a close, spiders are more likely to be seen indoors due to a number of factors including the need to forage and forage.

“Insects, the main food source for spiders, also retreat indoors at this time of year, so while the presence of spiders may be uncomfortable, they also offer you a form of free pest control.

“House spiders actually have a generally positive impact on the home environment because they eat other insects.

“However, if their presence is particularly uncomfortable for some homeowners, the most effective way to control spiders is to restrict their food sources and disrupt potential hiding places through cleaning.”

Homeowners have been advised to vacuum regularly – “up and down” – especially in sheltered spots like under countertops, cabinet backs, or under and behind large furniture.

People should regularly remove conspicuous netting, fill gaps in walls, around plumbing and under doors to prevent entry, remove protective spots such as piles of firewood, garden sacks, compost heaps and general clutter from around the property, and use lighting in a less attractive location the insects, for example files, on which spiders feed.

Many common spider species lay an average of about 100 eggs at a time, contained in silk sacs that may be attached to an internal surface or hidden in a spider’s web.

The presence of these sacs indicates that a major spider infestation is on the horizon.

There are many different species of spiders in Ireland, but most are not considered dangerous and rarely bite.

Giant house spiders, about 120mm in size, are one of the most common species of domestic spiders.

Males usually leave their webs to find females and as such they are often found indoors at this time of year.

Common house spiders are another species that the public will often encounter at this time of year. Here’s how to keep spiders out of your home as temperatures drop this fall

Fry Electronics Team

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