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Dealing with Spiders in the Fall

For many, the onset of fall is the best time of the year. The leaves change into crisp, golden colors and spread themselves along the ground. Football games, bonfires, pumpkin spice-flavored anything, it’s all here. As we adapt and change with the seasons, however, so do our arachnid friends. Spiders change their habits just as any species does when summer turns to fall, and some of those habits aren’t thought of too fondly by humans. Let’s take a look at what spiders are up to when autumn arrives.

Mating Season

While not the true mating season for all arachnids, the San Diego area has a couple of types of spiders that seek to lay their eggs during the fall. This includes orb weaver spiders, California Ebony Tarantulas and San Diego Bronze Tarantulas as well as house spiders. Male spiders will emerge from their burrows looking for a mating partner. For the tarantula species, the females will actually sometimes attempt to eat the male spider after mating, forcing the males to flee quickly. The orb weaver females typically die within months of laying eggs, so they are alone till hatching in the spring. If there are more spiders around your home in the autumn months, it’s probably because they are looking for a mate.

It’s Not the Cold

Most people think their homes are invaded by spiders because the temperature is dipping outside. This is a common misconception. Spiders are cold-blooded creatures, therefore getting to a warmer spot indoors is not a priority for them. Again, they are simply looking to partake in mating season, which is where you will see the influx of arachnids in your home. Fortunately, there are ways to limit the invasion.

Getting Rid of Spiders

Ridding your home entirely of spiders is virtually impossible. However, there are steps any homeowner can take to help limit the numbers. First and foremost, dispose of any webs you see created around the house, and obviously, kill any spiders you see around. Also, make sure to keep up with the cleanliness of your home. Spiders may not be attracted to warmth, but they do love food crumbs and residue. Cleaning commonly messy areas, especially your kitchen and bathrooms, will discourage spiders from exploring those areas. Consider buying a dehumidifier to help rid the house of dampness, something spiders enjoy. Sealing gaps and cracks throughout your house is also important.

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