Why Is There an Increase of Spiders in the Fall?

November 10th, 2021

The leaves are turning beautiful shades of red and orange, the temperature is slowly dropping, and there’s the scent of bonfires and pumpkin spice in the air. This can only mean one thing: fall is finally here!

But, this also means that all of the pesky little insects that come along with fall are here too, including spiders. Every year, we get numerous calls from people desiring pest control for spiders as the weather cools. If you’ve ever wondered why spiders seem to pop up everywhere in the fall, we’ve got the answers for you.

 

Spiders are bigger in the fall

 

Since spider eggs hatch in the springtime, giving little spiders plenty of time to grow over the summer, they are their biggest just as fall sets in. So, there really aren’t more spiders in the fall, they’re all just bigger than they were earlier in the year.

 

Fall is mating season for spiders

 

Fall is the season of love in the spider world. Because of this, people will often see male spiders roaming around this time of year, searching for a mate. The female spiders prefer to wait in their webs for the fellas to stop by.

 

Once again, this doesn’t mean there are more spiders during the fall mating season. You just see them more once their hormones override their instinct to hide. Typically, if you see a spider in your home, it has been living there already for quite some time.

 

Spiders like to overwinter indoors

 

Just like pretty much every other animal and insect on the planet, spiders prefer to spend the colder winter months somewhere warm. Often, that somewhere is inside your home. 

 

Get rid of fall spiders

 

The most important method of prevention is to make your home as inhospitable as possible for spiders. Knock down webs when you see them, kill any spiders you see roaming around and make sure you don’t have any damp, soggy areas in your home. Also, keeping other insects out of your home will also keep spiders out, since they won’t be following the insects in search of food. So, keep all of your food stored away and limit lights at night since both exposed food and lights attract insects.

If you’ve done everything mentioned and you’re still seeing spiders in your home, it’s time to take serious action. Call Green Solutions Lawn Care & Pest Control at (813) 684-7336 and schedule a visit with one of our professional pest control technicians. We’ll assess and treat your entire property, then develop a preventive control plan that works for your schedule and budget. You can also fill out this easy online form to request a free estimate at your home!