Creepy Crawlies:
Common Household Spiders and Prevention Tips

Let's face it, no one likes to come across a spider in their house, and for some people, stumbling upon a creepy unfamiliar spider can be a downright traumatic event. There's a reason arachnophobia is one of the most well-known technical names for a fear. Perhaps by reading our guide to spiders, we can help alleviate some of those fears by defining the unfamiliar.

It turns out, not all spiders are alike. Some of the more scary-looking spiders are known as hunting spiders, and these types shouldn't be coming indoors, although they do make it in at times. We break down each species so you know what you're dealing with. The more commons ones you'll find in your house are considered web-building spiders, which is where the cobweb-laden haunted house image comes from. Different types of web-building spiders will gravitate to different areas of your home, such as the attic or basement.

The best way to keep your home spider-free is to enact some measures for prevention. We have some good guidelines to follow, such as making sure windows and doors are tightly fitted, removing cobwebs as soon as you spot them, and even simple tasks like keeping the porch light off to deter the type of insects that spiders feed on.

Read all of our tips on keeping spiders at bay, and soon you'll have nothing to fear!