How to Keep Spiders Out of Closets & Clothes
By: Lisa Dingeman
Imagine opening up the door of your closet to grab that pretty blouse you’ve been waiting for the perfect occasion to wear. You spot it on a back hanger and reach out your hand to grab it. Your hand is just an inch away before you see that frightening sight — a spider just chilling on your favorite shirt. Believe it or not, closets happen to be one of their favorite hiding places.
Storage type areas provide great living conditions for these pests. If you’ve already spotted the creepy crawlers in your space or want to proactively keep them out, there are natural ways that could help. We go over different spider control methods to help keep them away from your wardrobe.
Why Do They Hide in Closets?
Knowing how spiders got into your closet and why they are staying there will help with understanding how to keep them away.
- Spiders may have been brought in through an article of clothing or a shoebox that was purchased and then stored in the closet. If you moved boxes from your basement into your closet, this is also a possibility as basement areas are a prime spot for these pests due to increased moisture. Spiders attach themselves to items and are transported without us even realizing it. They attach themselves from literally anywhere you and they meet…a chair, a vehicle, a tree, etc.
- A spider’s prime living conditions may be in abundance in your closet. They prefer dark and quiet environments to make their spiderwebs and catch their prey. Having a clean closet, that isn’t drafty, and is frequently inspected will significantly reduce your chances of finding these pests.
- Your closet may be catering to their taste buds. If your closet is home to a plethora of barely visible insects, harboring in stacked cardboard boxes and piles of clothes, this provides them with a food source to survive. Keeping a tidy and clean storage space will help your chances of having a spider-free environment.
Whatever the reason for these creepy crawlers sharing your shirt sleeve, once you notice them, it’s time to start working towards getting rid of them.
How to Get Rid of Spiders in Closets
First, deep clean your closet space. If possible, remove your clothes from the area and clean them to get rid of any spiders or eggs that may be residing in them. Once the space is cleared, it’s time to start cleaning every inch. This includes vacuuming the entire space, dusting everywhere from the shelves to the baseboards, and knocking down any webs.
When you put your clothes back into the space, organization is key. Avoid piling up clothes and cardboard boxes on the floors or shelves, and instead, place these items in airtight containers to keep them out.
To help avoid future spider infestations, consider using a botanical pest control method.
Stay Away® Spiders is a spider deterrent that uses a combination of essential oils and other plant-based ingredients to keep these pests away. These pouches can be used in closets, basements, attics, and other indoor areas where cobwebs or spiders are noticed. Just place a couple of pouches on either side of a closet and replace them as needed. There’s no mess, no harmful chemicals or pesticides and it’s 100% money-back guaranteed!
If you have a spider problem in other areas of your home, learn about other potential ways to get rid of them.