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What are Spiders Scared Of – Help Keep Them Outside

By: EarthKind

We could act philosophical and say, “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” Or we could share the same trite advice you’ve heard before, “They’re more afraid of you than you are of them.” But when it comes to finding a spider in your home, there aren’t many comforting words.

We’re here to help you keep spiders out before they get in. Find out what spiders are scared of so you can make them stay outside where they belong!

What are spiders afraid of?

Given the amount of times you may have seen a fully grown adult jump, scream, or run away from a spider, the following statement might be hard to believe. Spiders are scared of almost everything. Perhaps we’re making a few assumptions about how a spider actually feels because it’s hard to gauge the emotional response of these (usually) small, eight-legged enigmas. But spiders avoid almost everything, so it isn’t a big leap to say that they are afraid.

Keep in mind that many spiders have poor eyesight and rely on their other senses to find food and detect danger. Their legs are covered in tiny hairs that sense vibrations, and help them taste and smell. Spiders can tell when prey is nearby by sensing the vibrations in their web.

Natural predators scare spiders

Spiders avoid people, animals, and most insects – except for the one’s they’re about to eat of course. As stated above, most spiders are relatively small. That makes them especially vulnerable.

Many birds and animals may try to eat spiders, or at the very least, they’ll probably interfere with the spider’s food source. Even if something bigger than a spider isn’t trying to eat it, the spider could easily be crushed or swatted away. So, when a spider sees something big and bulky coming towards it, they tend to run away.


Are spiders afraid of humans?

Yes. This is why spiders are most commonly encountered in seldom used areas such as garages, attics, basements, closets, or guest rooms. Spiders are antisocial and try their best to avoid human contact. More often than not, when a spider bites a person, it’s because they felt threatened and had no other course of action. If a spider can escape, it will run away, but it if is about to be crushed, it will try to defend itself.

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Another reason spiders generally avoid people is because we disrupt their feeding habits. By turning on lights, making noise and vibrations, cleaning up and moving around, we make it harder for spiders to catch insects to eat.

Conversely, if we keep a messy living environment that attracts other insects, spiders will be very happy to live nearby. That is why spiderwebs are often found around porch lights, outdoor garbage cans, woodpiles, and the like.


How can you use this information to prevent spiders?

Knowing what spiders are afraid of should help you feel a little less afraid of these awkward arachnids. They truly are more afraid of you than you are of them. Getting rid of spiders is easy once you realize that they would very much prefer to stay far away from you as well.

The most important thing you can do to prevent spiders in your home is to keep other bugs out – if there is no food, there will be no spiders. Additionally, keep your home free from clutter so spiders don’t have a place to hide. Dust frequently to remove cobwebs. Control conditions that will attract other bugs spiders may use as a food source – repair leaky faucets and appliances; seal holes, cracks, and gaps around windows, doors, and screens; clean up crumbs and spills; keep trash in a bin with a tight fitting lid, etc…

For fool-proof protection, use a scent-based spider repellent. As we said above, spiders rely heavily on their senses to find food and detect danger, so blocking their sense of smell with a high-powered, plant-based repellent is incredibly effective. In addition to repelling spiders, other insects that spiders may think of as a tasty treat will avoid the area as well.

  1. Rita Stadler

    Hi there! Even with large spiders, there isn’t much to be afraid of; they would generally prefer to avoid people whenever possible. For help identifying a spider, your best bet is to contact a local pest control professional, or Ag Extension office – they will be familiar with your geographic region and conditions and better suited to discuss common spider species in your area. If you have any other questions or comments, please contact us by calling (800) 583-2921 Monday–Friday, 8:00–4:30 EST or emailing customercare@earth-kind.com anytime.
    Thanks for reading!

  • Tyler

    What do you do if a spider come at you then? Especially when your scared of spiders

    1. Rita Stadler

      Hi Tyler,
      Knowledge is power. Learning more about spiders, like how to identify them so you’ll know if they’re venomous, might make it easier to keep your cool when you see a spider. Most spiders would prefer to avoid people completely just because spiders and small and people are big, which is a dangerous situation for the spider – it doesn’t want to get hurt. Another way to prevent problems with spiders is to make sure your home is unwelcoming to them; keep it clean so there is little to no available food for spiders, reduce the clutter so spiders have fewer places to hide and make sure your doors and windows are in good repair so there aren’t openings spiders can use to sneak inside.
      Thanks for reading!

  • Steven Wagner

    How do I get rid of big spiders that are underneath my mobile home

    1. Rita Stadler

      Hi Steven,
      Pest control underneath mobile homes can be challenging! To get rid of spiders, you’ll want to make the area less appealing to them. Usually that means getting rid of their food supply, but that can seem nearly impossible in this environment. Still, do the best you can to keep the area dry and clear of debris that will attract insects the spiders prey upon. You can also use a broom to clear away their webs. Spiders are very sensitive to vibrations as well, so try playing loud music, throwing an impromptu dance party, vacumming or working on other home repair projects. Check out another of our blogs for more tips: Get Rid of Spiders from the House. Sneaky Tips That Keep Spiders Out.
      Thanks for reading!

  • Kent Andersen

    I’m having trouble with hobo spiders in my house right now. Already kill two. What is the best method keep them out of our house?

    1. Rita Stadler

      Hi Kent,

      That sounds pretty frustrating! To keep spiders out, there are 2 important things to remember: block their way in and make your home unwelcoming to spiders. To block their way in, carefully inspect doors, windows, the building’s foundation and utilities to make sure there are no cracks or gaps that pests could squeeze through (dryer vents and places where cables or pipes pass through the wall are hot spots to pay special attention to). To make your home unattractive to spiders, make sure there are no other pest situations that need attention — spiders feed on other insects so may be a symptom of an underlying issue. You’ll also want to reduce any clutter so the spiders have fewer places to hide. For extra peace of mind, keep a few pouches of Stay Away Spiders nearby to repel spiders from your home.
      Thanks for reading!

  • Kaylee

    What do i do if theres a spider in my house and im scared to death?

    1. Rita Stadler

      Hi Kaylee,

      Try to stay calm and remember that spiders would prefer to avoid people as much as possible – we’re much bigger than they are and they don’t want to get squished! Spiders won’t hang around unless they have a food source in the area, so look for other insects that may be attracting the spider — things like uncovered trash bins, leaky faucets, or food crumbs can attract the insects spiders prey upon. Once you’ve taken care of any issues you might find, then you can try some easy DIY tips to make your home less friendly to the spider – things like running a vacuum or playing loud music will disturb the spider because they are very sensitive to sound vibrations. For peace of mind, keep a few pouches of Stay Away Spiders wherever you’ve seen the eight-legged intruder and it’ll be sure to Stay Away.

      Thanks for reading!

  • Harley Thorson

    I love spiders! There is the natural human instinct in everyone that instantly makes you jumpy, disturbed, quick reactions. The little guys though, they are super duper cool and honestly they get tortures considering they only will bite us if it means life or death. If it can run away it will. A spider face enlarged is also super duper cute ?? They are your friends your roomates or your brothers n sisers DO NOT KILL A SPIDERS UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!! Thank you dear friends.

    1. Mildred Montalvo

      Hello Harley!

      That’s why we always say preserve the good, prevent the rest!

      Remember to follow us on social media Facebook (@earthkindinc), Twitter (@earthkind) and Instagram (@earthkindinc) where you can find great DIY articles and share stories.

      Thank you for keeping it kind!

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