Why You May Still Be Seeing Spiders In Your South Carolina Home During The Winter


If you know a little bit about spiders, you may be wondering why you're seeing spiders inside your home during the winter. Spiders have a natural antifreeze system that protects them from dying in temperatures that are below freezing. So, why would they want to hide in your South Carolina home when temperatures begin to drop? You might theorize that, just because they can survive in the cold doesn't mean they like being cold. This has some merit. But the reason you're seeing spiders isn't quite as obvious as this. Here are three reasons South Carolina residents see spiders in the winter.

1. Spiders are always in the house.

You may see spiders in the winter because there are always spiders in your house. Practically every home has spiders. They live in the walls. They live in floors and ceilings. They live in undisturbed places. It is only with an effective pest control plan that you can reduce them to a point where you never see them and you are rarely ever bitten.

2. Spiders went where the food went.

In the fall, when the temperatures drop, insects get into your South Carolina home. If insects got into your home in the fall, spiders may have followed them inside. While spiders have a natural antifreeze, the food they eat doesn't.

3. Spiders are competing with each other.

When we say compete, we're not talking about sports competitions. There are two ways spiders compete with each other. They'll compete for food resources and they'll compete to find a mate. If populations of spiders in your home have gotten high enough to where spiders have to compete with each other to find food resources, you're going to see more spiders crawling around. If male spiders are having a hard time finding a mate because there are too many other male spiders around, you may start to see spiders more often.

4. Spiders grow.

In the summer and fall, when spiders first hatch, they are tiny little spiderlings. As they develop, they get bigger. This may cause you to notice them more. It is hard to ignore a big, hairy, adult wolf spider sitting on the drain of your shower or bathtub.

Spider Control

You may not realize this, but spider control isn't really controlled. It is better to describe it as management. If you attempt to control the spiders in your home, the best you're going to do is make it so that you don't see them very often. You can do this by:

  • Reducing the insects that spiders eat.
  • Reducing moisture and humidity.
  • Cleaning up spider webs whenever you see them.
  • Actively removing spider webs from your attic and basement. Use a vacuum and be sure to put the bag outside when you're done. This will keep the eggs inside those webs from hatching into spiderlings and creating more spiders inside your home.
  • Laying down sticky traps.

If you apply these spider control methods, you can make it feel like you don't have any spiders in your home. But keep in mind that spiders are mostly nocturnal. They're going to come out at night, while you're sleeping. When they do, they can crawl on you and be startled to bite you. They'll also leave more webs for you to clean up.

What Is The Best Way To Control Spiders?

Call the bugman. At The Original Bugman Pest Elimination Inc., we use industry-leading pest management methods and EPA-approved products to monitor for spider activity and eliminate spiders from your home. Once the spiders are out, the tough job is over. It is then a matter of applying treatments around your home to keep spiders from getting in. For more information or to schedule spider control for your home, reach out to us today. When it comes to controlling bugs, you can trust the bugman!

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