Winter Spider Control
Do I have to worry about Spiders in the Winter?
Yes. No and Maybe. Spiders do hibernate when it gets cold. Most species of spiders will lay their eggs in the nest and then either die off from the cold or hibernate until it is warm. However, there are still steps that should be taken to control any indoor spiders and to prevent nesting and takeover when spring hits.
1). After the Cold hits, you should spray for Spiders at least once more
The purpose of the final spider spray before winter is to kill of the remaining spiders and more importantly to get rid of the nests before eggs can be laid or to remove nesting that has already taken place. I always suggest on more thorough spider spray at about the same time that you get your sprinklers blown out. It should be an outdoor perimeter spray as well as a thorough in home, basement and baseboard attack.
2). Watch the Wood Piles
Wood piles are often built up right before the winter hits. If you have a wood pile around your home, that is a very convenient location for nesting and hibernation. Make sure to spray well in the wood piles before you close your doors to the winter. Especially if you are bringing wood in the home for a wood stove.
3). Don’t forget garages, shops and sheds
During the winter months, it is easy to completely forget about unattached garages, shops and sheds. Junk may pile up in the winter and may not be cleaned out until the summer. Before you lock the shop doors for the winter, get in one last good spider spray so that in the spring you don’t have an explosion of birthing nests.
4). If you leave for vacation, think about leaving the heater off
Most species of spiders won’t live through the cold. However, if your house is constantly warm throughout the winter months, spiders will put on their sunglasses and relax. If you happen to leave for a Christmas vacation, think about letting your house get really cold without the heater for a while.