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Fall Spiders: How They Get Inside and How To Get Rid of Them

By Wet & Forget
Get rid of spiders this fall with Miss Muffet's Revenge

Spiders appear more in the fall than any other time of the year because of the weather change and the need to continue their livelihood. Which may be why you’re seeing them more frequently in or around your home when the weather turns cool. 

Here we cover how and why spiders wander inside, and how to get rid of spiders with Miss Muffet’s Revenge.

Why do I see more spiders in the fall?

There are two main reasons that you may see more spiders in the fall.

Spider Love

When fall arrives, many spiders are searching for mates and laying eggs. This activity increases the chance of a human-spider encounter.

Staying Warm

Spiders seek warmth, so when the cold winds arrive they are sheltered. Unfortunately, that’s when they may make their way inside your home.

The sheltered spaces of your home that they can get into are where you’ll find these arachnids. This includes your home, garage, mudroom, and storage shed. 

How do spiders get inside my home?

Here are a few ways that fall spiders get inside:

  • On or inside storage boxes or grocery bags
  • In firewood brought inside
  • Underneath doors
  • Through holes in window and door screens

where fall spiders hide

Where do spiders hide?

Spiders build tangled webs to catch their prey. You may see cobwebs on a window sill, near the ceiling, or attached to indoor lighting.

They will find the best hiding places in and around your home. Several other indoor locations that spiders like to hide include: 

Underneath furniture

Some types of spiders hide in two places. One place during the day and another at night.

The underside of a sofa, chair, or recliner is a favorite spot. Vacuum under your furniture often to get rid of spiders and their webs.

Under the sink

Spiders also like to hang out in damp, dark areas. They require water to survive so you’ll often find them living near plumbing fixtures.

Keep the under-sink area clean and organized to keep spiders away.

Inside a closet

Many spiders prefer the dark. They may hide somewhere inside a closet. Routinely check closets for spider webs.

In storage rooms

A cluttered storage room that is rarely accessed is a favorite spider hideout. Spiders prefer a quiet, undisturbed location. Keeping your storage room clean and clutter-free will stop spiders from setting up shop.

In the garage

A garage provides easy access for spiders. And, they may make their way inside the house from the garage.

Check your garage for spiders and seal all entry points. Any small cracks or holes and a spider can gain access to your garage.

In firewood

Dangerous types of spiders, often the poisonous type, will hide in stacks of firewood. And they may hitch a ride inside when a person brings wood logs inside.

It’s best to cover firewood with a heavy, plastic tarp or store it indoors. Also, clean up any loose wood debris from the yard. 

What are the most common house spiders?

The most common spiders at home include the common house spiders, cellar spiders, wolf spiders, and sac spiders.

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Cellar spider

Cellar spiders are often identified as “daddy longlegs” due to their thin, long legs. However, there are cellar spiders with both long bodies and short bodies.

As their name suggests, you can typically find cellar spiders hiding in dark, damp areas like a cellar or basement.

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Common house spider

The common house spider is aptly named because it is the spider that people most often see indoors. It is an indoor nuisance mainly due to its messy webs more than the spider itself.

These spiders can be found worldwide.

Jumping spider

As the name suggests, these spiders move by jumping. You may see one on the inside of a screen door, along a wall, or on any household surface that is exposed to light.

Jumping spiders can be identified by their dense hairs, compact shape, and short legs. Their front legs are thicker and longer than their side and back legs.

This type of spider usually hunts for prey during the day. Typically, jumping spiders can be found throughout the U.S.

Wolf spider

Wolf spiders have dark brown coloring, stout bodies, and spindly legs. A wolf spider does not use a web to hunt their prey. Instead, they chase and catch their prey.

Wolf spiders are often large, which may be alarming, but they are mainly a nuisance pest. 

How can I get rid of fall spiders?

Prevent spiders from entering your home by taking precautions such as sealing or patching holes in window and door screens and checking the items you’re bringing inside.

But checking every nook and cranny can be time-consuming. So, rid your home of spiders with Miss Muffet’s Revenge Spider Killer instead – whether they are indoors or outdoors.

Miss Muffet’s Revenge will create an invisible barrier that spiders won’t dare to cross. Simply spray along the perimeter of your home and let dry.

Miss Muffet’s Revenge comes with a trigger sprayer that sprays up to 10 feet. As a result, you’re able to target the hard-to-reach areas with ease.

Once sprayed, it will deter spiders for up to a year.

Using Miss Muffet’s Revenge to kill indoor spiders:

Spray a 4-inch band of Miss Muffet’s Revenge around your home’s interior walls, at floor level. Moreover, apply the product in kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms – any area where spiders are frequent.

Spray along baseboards or corner areas until it’s slightly wet without soaking and let dry.  It is also ideal to spray around the perimeter of doors and windows throughout your home. Finally, sweep away spiderwebs with a broom.

Spray Miss Muffet's Revenge around lighting fixtures.

Kill spiders around your home’s exterior with Miss Muffet’s Revenge:

Spray a 12-inch band of Miss Muffet’s Revenge around the foundation of your home. Spray surfaces until slightly wet without soaking. Allow surfaces to dry.

For best results, apply Miss Muffet’s Revenge when the weather is dry, and there’s no chance of rain in the forecast.

With your newfound knowledge of common household spiders and how you can prevent their presence, you’ve got nothing to fear! Be sure to routinely check your home for possible entry points and use Miss Muffet’s Revenge to keep your house spider-free. 

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