As the cold weather rolls in, you may start to notice more house spiders scurrying around your home. Many people seem to think that the reason for the increase in spider sightings during the colder winter months is simply the fact that the spiders are seeking shelter from the cold in your home, but this is actually not true. The real reason house spiders are so much more common in the wintertime actually has nothing to do with the plummeting temperatures.

So what’s the real reason?

You may want to brace yourself for what we’re about to tell you-those spiders you see crawling up your walls and across your floors all winter long are actually in your home all throughout the year, they just do a better job at hiding during the warmer months. The reason they move around more in the winter months is because that time of year happens to be the same as their mating season, and the spiders you see crawling around in winter are likely males simply looking for a female.

Spiders are always hiding in my home?!

Don’t panic! Yes it’s true that spiders are in your home all year long, but it’s nothing to worry about seeing as house spiders are generally harmless. During their mating season, spiders are emerging from hiding spots they have likely been in for months. Many people assume spiders they find in their houses are coming in from outside, but most of the spiders you see indoors have likely never even been outside. House spiders usually colonize houses by way of egg sacs that are attached to furniture and building materials among other things, and they usually spend their whole life in the building they were born in.

Where are they hiding?

It’s most likely that these sneaky creepy crawlers are hiding in parts of your home that are generally not as well kept as other places, such as lofts, basements, garages, and crawlspaces. If you want to avoid an infestation of house spiders, it’s a good idea to keep these areas as clean and de-cluttered as possible all year round. If these places are not kept clean and tended to, you will likely see spider webs start to form, meaning that your eight-legged guests have taken up residence there.

What should I do if there’s an infestation?

Good question! If you are noticing far too many spiders in your home at any time of the year, not just the colder months, there is a good chance you could be dealing with an infestation. If this is the case, your best bet is to call in the help of a professional pest control company. With the right tools, equipment, and experience, pest control companies are very good at what they do when it comes to dealing with pests. With the help of experienced professionals, you’ll be able to get rid of your spider infestation with no trouble at all!