There are a few pests we contend with in colder weather, namely mice, cockroaches, and finally, spiders. As we spend more time indoors because of dropping temperatures, we’re much more likely to encounter spiders. We’re even more likely to come across spider webs and spider egg sacs. We’ve collected useful information on spider eggs as well as tips to keep your home egg-free this season.
Spider egg facts
Spider eggs come in many shapes and sizes so knowing what they look like and how to identify them can help you avoid them and keep your home free from spider eggs. Here are some facts you need to know about:
- Female spiders can lay many eggs at one—up to 3,000!
- Certain species of spider die after laying eggs while others will carry their spiderlings on their body, sharing prey with their young.
- Female spiders create a bed of silk for the eggs, then cover them in a silk blanket then wrap both in more silk to create the egg sac. She then guards this “bedroom” until they hatch.
- Spider eggs take up to 3 weeks to hatch and when they do, the babies will settle nearby before venturing further.
- In some species, spider babies will eat their mother for nourishment.
Prevent eggs by preventing spiders
The key to keeping spider eggs and egg sacs from being an issue is keeping spiders from setting up camp in the first place. Here are some key ways to prevent spiders:
- Spiders prefer areas in your home with low traffic. These can be basements, attics, and crawlspaces. Regularly checking these areas is the first step to ensuring spiders don’t take up residence in your home. Keeping them clean and pest-free is important.
- You can keep spiders from your home by keeping them far from your home. Spiders will utilize things like trash, woodpiles, rocks, leaves, and heavy vegetation to hunt pests outside your home. These locations are one of the final exterior places a spider operates before they move inside.
- Part of the appeal of your home for spiders is other pests. Spiders hunt and trap all kinds of pests, like mosquitoes, flies, and termites. Keeping your home free of these pests removes the desirable food source for spiders.
Keep your home egg-free. Our team at Graduate Pest Solutions specializes in prevention. Call us at 413-566-8222 or contact us with any questions or if you are experiencing a pest problem. We have the knowledge and service necessary to help keep your home and workplace pest-free!