What Attracts Spiders In The House?

In this post you’ll get to know what attracts spiders to your home. You’ll also get to know what spiders like and hate.

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Knowing both will enable you to keep your home free from spiders.

It’ll also save you a lot of money on treating your home for spiders.

But before that, let us tell you that there’s barely any home free from spiders.

A recent survey done by etymologists on 1000 homes, across 17 states in the US, has found that 100% of homes have reported spiders’ presence.

In fact, spiders are second to house flies when it came to the most common bugs living inside your home.

The results aren’t surprising to us. We’re yet to find a home where the dwellers haven’t spotted any spider.

Spiders in the home are common. So, if you spot a spider inside your home, don’t think that it’s a pest infestation or don’t make it a cause of alarm. 

Spiders don’t cause any structural or property damage like termites and roaches do, neither they spread any diseases. 

Let’s get into the topic.

What Attracts Spiders In The House?

What attracts spider in the house

To stop spiders from sneaking into your home, you need to know what attracts spiders and how they get inside. 

This section covers both. Let’s check out the first.

Top 6 things that attract spiders inside your home –

  1. Bugs and Insects: If your home is home to other bugs and insects like earwigs, silverfish, cockroaches, and crickets, spiders will get inside your home to hunt them. High humidity and dampness in homes attract bugs. And these bugs attract spiders. 
  2. Warmth: You’ll see a bunch of spiders inside your home during the beginning of autumn. It’s because spiders look for warm places to escape the cold outside.  
  3. Dryness: When it rains, spiders look for a dry area to hide. To save themselves from getting drowned and wet, spiders will sneak inside your home. 
  4. Clutter – Spiders love cluttered places to hide. They prefer living in between small gaps between objects in a messy room. That’s why it’s common to find spiders in places like the basement, garage, and attic. So, if your home has a lot of clutter, then expect many spiders hidden in a mess.
  5. Mating: It may sound weird, but spiders also get into your home to mate. Spiders living inside your home can send mating sounds, attracting the other spiders from outside inside your home. 
  6. Dirt: Dirty homes attract spiders and many other bugs like roaches and ants. 

When spiders sneak into your home, they go hiding. To get rid of them, you need to lure the spider out of hiding

But the good thing is that spiders aren’t as damaging as roaches, ants, and termites. 

Spiders are harmless to humans and pets. Spiders avoid contact with anything that is bigger than their size and that they can’t eat. 

Common spiders like wolf spiders, hobo spiders, brown recluse spiders, black widow spiders, jumping spiders, yellow sac spiders, and cellar spiders, which live inside your homes, are harmless. They’re not dangerous. 

How do Spiders get Inside Your Home?

Now that you know what attracts spiders, it’s essential to understand how they get inside your homes. 

Spiders enter your homes from your doors, windows, cracks, and crevices on the walls, and any other opening, no matter how small, that gives access to your home. 

Once inside, spiders look for the nooks and corners like underneath furniture or bathroom vanity, where you can’t reach easily. 

Spiders can also sneak into your home from the gaps in the plumbing areas in your kitchen and bathroom. 

But spiders don’t live in highly moist areas like drains and pipes. These places are more suitable for roaches and mosquitoes than spiders. 

You can unintentionally bring spiders inside your home in cardboard boxes, firewood, plants, and other things that you get from your yard your homes. 

The yard is also one of the favorite dwelling places for the spiders to live and lay eggs. When your yard’s living conditions become unfavorable because of weather change, they sneak inside your home. 

What Attracts Spiders To Your Bed?

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Spiders wouldn’t like to crawl on to your bed. Your bed isn’t a place where spiders want to hang around or hide. 

Spiders will get onto your bed if you give them reasons to do that.

And the most common reason is food droppings on your bed. If you often eat on your bed, you’ll leave food droppings which attract other bugs like ants. 

These bugs will attract spiders. 

The best way to keep spiders off your bed and bedroom is by keeping both clean. 

It’d be best if you don’t eat in your bedroom. And if you eat, make sure to clean your bed and bedroom of any food droppings that may have fallen off on the floor or the bed. 

Washing and changing your bed sheets and pillow cover often deter spiders from climbing onto your bed. 

Are Spiders Attracted To Certain Smells?

There’s isn’t a specific smell that attracts spiders. 

But recently, researchers found that sticky and sweaty smells attract spiders. 

The olfactory capability of spiders is meant to smell pheromones. Pheromones are a smell that bugs and insects emit.

Detection of pheromones helps spiders in hunting those bugs and insects. 

Are Spiders Attracted To Sugar?

No, sugar doesn’t attract spiders. 

Starch and cellulose, which are parts of sugar, aren’t the food or energy source of spiders like they are for termites and ants. 

Spiders mostly feed on insects. And they don’t prefer to eat fruits either. 

What Smells Spiders Hate

In this section, you’ll find a few smells that spiders hate.

Knowing these smells, and using them, will help you immensely in reducing spider infestation in your home. 

Do Spiders Like Lavender?

No, spiders don’t like the smell of lavender.

If there’s one smell that spiders hate the most, it’s the smell of lavender. 

Lavender is effective in repelling most species of spiders, including the yellow sac spider. 

The best way to use lavender to get rid of spiders from your home is to mix a few drops of lavender essential oil with water and spray it across your home. 

Make sure to choose cold condensed natural extract lavender essential oil for maximum effect. 

Lavender is a pleasant smell for us, and it keeps many bugs, like fleas and ants, away from your home. 

Do Spiders Like Peppermint?

No, spiders don’t like peppermint smell. 

Peppermint has methanol, which is very pungent. And it’s an excellent spider repellent. 

You can use peppermint essential oil mixed with water as a spray to repel spiders from your home. 

Along with peppermint and lavender, spiders hate citrus smells (like lemon), eucalyptus, tea tree, and citronella. 

You can make a spray mixed with water and any of these essential oils to repel spiders from your home. 

Is It Scientifically Proven That Essential Oils Repel Spiders?

No, it isn’t. The evidence of essential oils repelling spiders is only anecdotal. 

In our experience, essential oils do repel spiders, but not forever. That’s why many pest controllers also don’t recommend using essential oils.

But it’s quite evident that spiders hate the pungent odor of essential oils that we mentioned. 

Also, essential oils contain monoterpenoids that have insecticidal properties. A research study proved that these monoterpenoids are effective in repelling spiders. 

How To Keep Spiders From Your Home?

Now that you know what attracts spiders to your home, it’s time to understand how you can keep spiders away from entering your home. 

Here’s what you must do –

  1. Vacuum clean your regularly. It’d be best if you clean thoroughly around the baseboards, underneath the furniture, on the gaps in the couch, windowsills, and door frames.
  2. Use a broom to remove cobwebs and egg sacks of spiders.
  3. Clean your yard or garden of foliage, compost piles, debris, and rotting wood.
  4. Seal any cracks or gaps on your home’s foundation, doors, windows, and bathroom. 
  5. Keep your basement, garage, and attic free from clutter and dirt.


To conclude, here are the things that attract spiders to your home –

  1. Bugs and insects are living inside your home. 
  2. Warmth and dry living conditions.
  3. Dry living conditions.
  4. Clutter
  5. Spiders enter your home to mate too.
  6. Dirt and dust.

Moisture also attracts spiders inside your home, but spiders don’t like to live in wet places. 

Check out this post to know more about where spiders hide and how to lure them out of hiding