Daddy long leg infestation

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Despite how they look, daddy long-leg spiders are actually pretty easy to kill. All you have to do is pick out one method from our quick guide on how to get rid of daddy long-legs, and do it at home. You can also try experimenting with two or more methods to see what works best for you.

Daddy long-legs are one of the most fragile spiders out there. CC Image courtesy of gailhampshire on Flickr

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Spidercides

Spidercides or spider killers are one of the most convenient ways to kill daddy long-legs. Sprays like the Terro Spider Killer are designed to get rid of these arachnids in just one go. You can also use it to create residual barriers. To keep the spiders from coming back, spray it into the areas where you’d usually see them nest. In the basement, attic, garage and in rarely used storage spaces – these are some of their favorite hiding spots.

Vacuum Cleaner

No spider can win against the sheer power of a vacuum cleaner, especially the flimsy daddy long-legs. All you have to do is drag the cleaner into the spot where the spiders usually gather, and using a straight mouth, suck them in. You should also clean up the carpet and the furniture in your home because these things harbor small insects that the daddy long-legs feed on.

Keeping the House Dry

How to Get Rid of Stuff emphasizes that daddy long-legs love moist environments. They prefer damp places because these spots attract the tiny insects that they eat. So keep your house dry, specially your basement, garage, kitchen, closets and bathrooms. Fix drains, pipes and faucets that leak. Use stoppers for them, or just contact your local plumber. You should also consider investing in a good dehumidifier since it can get rid of the moist air that other pests like termites and roaches need.

Bleach

Bleach can absolutely kill any insect or arachnid on direct contact. Thick bleach, the kind that’s used to clean bathrooms, are particularly harmful to these creatures.

In a spray bottle, combine 1/2 bleach and 1/2 water. The more bleach you put in, the more potent the mixture will be. Mix the two liquids together, and use them instantly. Daddy long-legs are more fragile than other arachnids. It’ll only take a few seconds for you to kill them with bleach.

Essential Oils

There are a lot of useful essential oils out there. But in order to repel spiders, you should use lemon, peppermint, tea tree oil, eucalyptus and lavender. These oils have compounds like d-limonene, a natural-occurring chemical that’s been discovered to have pest control qualities.

To assemble your repellent, all you have to do is add a few drops of these oils in a spray bottle. Add some water, and you’re ready to use it. If you want a more potent mix, add in a few more drops of the same oil or experiment by combining a few of them.

Boric Acid

Sprinkling boric acid or hydrogen borate can help eliminate daddy long-legs by either repelling them or killing them. Boric acid is made up of crystal-like microscopic particles that can make tiny cuts on an arachnid’s or insect’s exoskeleton and trigger bodily fluid leaks. The powder can also cling to these creatures. So when they groom themselves, they’ll accidentally ingest it, causing dehydration and damages to their stomachs.

If you plan on using boric acid, just spread it into the places where the daddy long-legs usually hide. However, keep in mind that children and pets should not go anywhere near this powder. It may be labeled ‘safe’ by a lot of manufacturers, but it can still cause health issues if consumed.

Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is a common treatment for fragile spiders like daddy long-legs. It’s made up of fossilized diatoms, but it works just like boric acid. The flour-like substance cuts through a spider’s exoskeleton and causes it to leak out fluids. It also enters the body and dries the creature out. Use this method as you would with boric acid.

​Using diatomaceous earth as well as the other methods we’ve mentioned above makes learning how to get rid of daddy long-legs easy. Just remember though, maintenance and repetition is the key here. Conduct a removal every now and then to keep your home free from those pesky daddy long-legs.

Last Updated on September 24th, 2019

Daddy Longlegs / Harvestmen

Facts, Identification, & Control

Scientific Name

FamilyPhalangiidae

Appearance

What Do They Look Like?
Daddy Longleg Illustration

  • Size: They measure 5/16 of an inch in length
  • Color: They are usually brown or grayish in color.
  • Body: Harvestmen have one body segment, two eyes, and eight legs. Their second pair of legs are longer than the others and function as their smell and taste sense organs.

How Did I Get Daddy Longlegs?

If residents leave doors or windows open, this creates entryways for harvestmen to enter the house. Any area around the home with leaking pipes or excess moisture will attract these pests.

How Serious Are Daddy Longlegs?

Harvestmen do not cause any damage to homes. They may cluster and frighten homeowners due to the sheer number of pests gathered in one place, but they cause no harm.

Do They Bite?

Harvestmen cannot bite humans and do not produce venom. This debunks an urban legend that falsely states daddy longlegs are the most poisonous spiders in the world, but their fangs are too small to penetrate human skin.

Signs of Infestation

Harvestmen populations around or inside homes are usually small, so it may be hard to identify an infestation. It is difficult to spot these creatures, because they are mostly only active at night.

How Do I Get Rid of Daddy Longlegs?

What You Can Do

Since harvestmen are beneficial predators, control measures are usually unnecessary. Should they be found inside your home, remove them with a vacuum or broom. If control is necessary, seek the assistance of your pest management professional.

What Orkin Does

Your local Orkin technician is trained to help manage daddy longlegs and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin technician will design a unique program for your situation.

Orkin can provide the right solution to keep daddy longlegs in their place and out of your home or business.

Behavior, Diet, & Habits

They have many names such as harvest spiders, shepherd spiders, and grandfather graybeards. Their proper common names are daddy longlegs, harvestmen, or opilionids. These organisms are called harvestmen because they are often seen in large numbers in the fall around harvest time. During the fall, their populations may briefly cluster together. Unlike spiders, they do not create silk webs.

Harvestmen primarily search for food at night. They use their mouthparts to hold their prey while they feed on them. In fact, these mouthparts are very similar to crabs. They produce a strong odor that repels most predators to use as protection.

Where Do They Live?

Outdoors, harvestmen prefer to live in damp, shaded areas such as on trees, under eaves, and underneath logs and rocks. It is rare to see harvestmen in home living spaces. If they make their way indoors, they hide in areas including:

  • Basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Garages
  • Sheds

Lifespan

In northern portions of their range, harvestmen live for only one year, while in the south they may live up to two years.

Daddy Long Legs / Harvestmen

What are daddy long legs/harvestmen?

Harvestmen and daddy long legs refer to the same species, and although they are commonly referred to as spiders, they are in fact not spiders and are not even insects either. Daddy long legs or harvestmen are part of the family Phalangiidae and lack venom glands and do not have the ability to spin silken webs. Daddy long legs are omnivores and feed on a variety of organic materials, feces, carcasses, aphids, and other small insects.

What do daddy long legs/harvestmen look like?

Daddy long legs or harvestmen have a one segmented body that is oval in shape, it is very difficult to determine where their head ends and their body begins. They have eight long “wiggly” legs; the second pair of legs is longer than the rest and are used to sense smell and taste. They have two eyes but have very poor vision and instead rely on their second pair of legs to “sense” direction. They have small fang-like mouthparts that they use to hold their prey as they eat.

Why do I have a daddy long legs/harvestmen problem?

Daddy long legs or harvestmen can be seen gathering in large numbers in the fall around harvest time. They can be found hiding on trees, under rocks, logs, and leaf piles. If the weather becomes too hot or dry they will often move inside of homes in order to seek shelter in areas with higher humidity levelInside of a home, they can be found hiding during the day in secluded dark places like basements, attics, crawl spaces, and bathrooms. They are usually inactive during the day and will come out at night to forage for food.

Are daddy long legs/harvestmen dangerous?

No, daddy long legs/harvestmen are not dangerous despite the common myth that is associated with them. The myth states that daddy long legs are actually one of the most venomous species found, but that their fangs are just too small to penetrate a human. Since daddy long legs do not even produce venom we can all sleep soundly knowing that they are simply a nuisance pest.

Daddy long legs are seen as a beneficial predator since they eat a variety of small nuisance insects and feeding on feces and carcasses helps to clean up the environment.

How do daddy long legs/harvestmen defend themselves?

Even though this species does not produce venom, they can very effectively defend themselves in a few ways. If they feel threatened or are disturbed they will emit a strange smelling odor that will repel potential predators. They are also known to play dead like an opossum might. And finally they may “lose” a leg during an attack and the leg will continue to wiggle which distracts the predator long enough for them to make an escape.

How can I prevent a daddy long legs/harvestmen infestation?

The best way to help prevent daddy long legs from choosing your home to live in is to reduce moisture levels in and around your home by fixing leaky pipes or fixtures, maintaining gutters, and using de-humidifiers or air-conditioners. It is also helpful to seal cracks found in your home’s foundation, caulk around windows and doors, and trim back shrubs and bushes away from the outside of your home.

Daddy Long Legs vs Daddy Long Leg Spiders

Daddy Long legs or Daddy Long legs Spider?

Daddy Long legs, or harvestmen, are not actually spiders. Daddy long legs are not poisonous, have long legs and a large bulbous-looking body. They feed on insects, which makes them helpful around the garden. They are especially active at the time of harvest, toward the end of summer and beginning of fall. To keep daddy long legs away, vacuum carpet, upholstery, and curtains frequently to remove spider webs, adult spiders, and egg sacs. Be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag. Tightly seal the trash bag to make sure eggs can’t hatch and crawl out of the bag.

Tip for preventing daddy long legs: Pour 1 cup white vinegar and 1/3 cup vanilla extract into a spray bottle and shake. Spray areas where the daddy long legs have been spotted indoors and out. The smell will repel the insects.

Daddy Long legs Spiders, or cellar spiders, although venomous, are not known to be harmful to humans. Their fangs are short and they do not have enough muscle to be able to penetrate human skin. Daddy long legs spiders are very fragile and delicate. They are usually brown or gray in color, cylindrical in shape and their legs are very long and thin. Daddy long legs spiders survive on others species of spiders, or on occasion they will invade other spiders’ webs and consume the host, their egg, and any prey caught in the web. They hang upside down on their webs, which they create in dark, damp places like home cellars, caves or abandoned animal burrows.

Tip for preventing daddy long leg spiders: To keep daddy long legs spiders away you will need caulk, a vacuum cleaner, a duster, boric acid/Borax, and spider traps. Caulk cracks in your walls, foundation, and loose window frames. With a vacuum cleaner attachment, suck up spiders and their webs at wall corners, undersides of furniture, floors beneath appliances, crevices along the baseboards and around windows and curtains. Insects attract daddy long legs spiders so dust frequently and repair leaking pipes and faucets both inside and out. Sprinkle boric acid under doorways, around window sills, along baseboards, and under appliances. Boric acid is a common ingredient in household cleaning products and is not harmful to humans and pets. Place spider traps in areas where spiders are usually seen.

Barry Teubert
Northwest Exterminating
Savannah Service Center

How do you daddy-long-leg proof your home?

These pesky insects damage lawns with their larvae and need a moist environment to develop. Trim any plant growth, mow the lawn and clear away wood, leaf litter and anything else that is unnecessarily cluttering the permieter of your house. They’ll have nowhere left to hide.

2. Remove clutter

As with outside, try and remove any clutter inside your house that could provide a nice spot for daddy-long-leg size resting space.

3. Seal cracks

Repair any gaps into the home such around door casings and boards. Make sure any cracks and crevices around the windows and doors are sealed. Replace anything that’s broken with tight-fitting screens, or alternatively try putting weather strips around doors and windows.

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4. Banish possible resting places

Be proactive in tackling the issue: hoover up dusty crevices and dark corners they could hide in.

5. Don’t kill them

You may not want them in your home, but avoid killing them where possible. As they prey on smaller insects, they actually work to our advantage when it comes to insect control.

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6. Bring in the bug spray

If you’re getting desparate, sprinkle some bug spray around the perimeters of your house, particularly at any entrances such as doors and windows.

  • Seal up any cracks in your home’s foundation
  • Repair damaged window or door screening
  • Caulk up any crevices around doors, windows, or vents
  • Seal up gaps around doors
  • Block up entryways in crawl spaces or voids
  • Fix damaged weatherstripping

This should make it a lot harder for bugs to get inside your home.

Tidy up your home

The same goes for inside your house.

You’ll want to remove clutter, store unused materials, vacuum often, put pest traps, and generally keep your home clean. Get rid of anything you don’t need and keep your storage areas clean. This will help eliminate harvestmen and many other pests since they’ll have nowhere to hide.

Spiders seek cluttered, dark areas like your basement or garage. This is why you’ll often find harvestmen or recluse spiders in those areas. Keeping it clean is important to minimize the chances of them setting up shop!

Reduce lighting

Like many bugs, harvestmen are attracted to bright lights. Consider reducing your outdoor lighting to a minimal amount or removing them entirely. Or switch to yellow lighting, as this seems to repel them rather than attract.

  • Remove pathway markers
  • Turn off your porch or garden lights
  • Use curtains or blinds to minimize indoors lighting
  • Use motion lights instead of traditional lighting
  • Clean up your water features

If you have a source of water outdoors, this may be attracting spiders to your home.

Either remove or secure your water sources to prevent bugs from taking a big gulp:

  • Water fountains
  • Birdbaths
  • Backed up water in your drains
  • Pet water bowls
  • Ponds
  • Kiddie pools
  • Leaky faucets
  • Garden hoses

Further reading

  • Pholcidae – Wikipedia
  • Daddy Longlegs Won’t Kill You – Nature.org
  • Daddy Long Legs – University of California, Riverside

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Daddy Long Legs Control: How To Get Rid of Daddy Long Legs

The Daddy Long Legs may be under the spider category on our website and are thought to be spiders from homeowners and people who encounter them, but the Daddy Long Legs spider isn’t actually a spider at all. While they have eight legs and resemble spiders, they do not classify mainly due to two spider abilities that they are incapable of doing: they don’t spin webs nor do they inject venom.

Daddy Long Legs have fragile bodies and extremely thin hair-like legs. They are also nicknamed “harvestmen” because of their tendency to gather in large numbers in rural agricultural areas in the fall around harvest time. The more common name “Daddy Long Legs” is based on its appearance of having legs much longer than its body.

If you have an issue with daddy long legs on your property, this guide can help. Our pest control experts have compiled step-by-step instructions using our top recommended products to help you get rid of daddy long legs yourself.

Identification

Daddy long legs are an arachnid but are technically not a spider. Daddy Long Legs have one body segment, two eyes, eight legs and are quite small spanning 5/16 of an inch in length. Their most distinguishing traits are their very thin legs that are much longer than its body which is how they earned their name. Daddy long legs are brownish or grayish in color and do not have a segmented body like a spider does but appears in the shape of a little ball held up by its legs. The daddy long legs do not bite or inject venom, nor do they build webs.

Daddy long legs were falsely believed of being the most poisonous of all spiders but their fangs are too small to penetrate human skin, making them harmless. However, they are still a nuisance around the home and can congregate in large numbers in basements, crawl spaces and other dark and damp secluded places around the home but rarely appear indoors. They typically lay their eggs in soil, under rocks, or in cracks of wood or bark, and these eggs hatch in spring.

Use the image and description above to help you identify daddy long legs on your property. If you’re having trouble with identification, contact us and we will assist you in correctly ID’ing the pest and offering treatment options for control.

Inspection

Where To Inspect

Daddy long legs typically are found outdoors in agricultural settings which is why they are also called harvestmen. In a residential setting, you may find daddy long legs in damp, shaded areas such as around trees, under eaves of a home or under logs and rocks. It is rare to find these pests indoors but if they do make their way inside a home it will be in dark, damp, secluded areas like basements, crawl spaces, garages and sheds.

What To Look For

You’re looking for daddy long legs activity. They don’t spin webs so their really isn’t any traces that will indicate you have an infestation other than seeing the daddy long legs themselves exploring around your home.

Treatment

Prior to chemical application, remember to first read all product labels and follow their application instructions, and stay safe by wearing personal protective equipment. Daddy long legs don’t like to enter indoor environments unless there is a sufficient source of water or dampness present. That is why they are commonly found in damp basements and cellars and are even nicknamed cellar spiders. Treating a daddy long legs infestation is quite simple compared to other spider problems. We recommend a treatment of Reclaim IT insecticide and laying out glue traps to capture the pests.

Step 1 – Declutter

To start, we suggest conducting a thorough cleanup of your home and reducing clutter. Tidy up your home, get rid of unnecessary items that are taking up space and especially clean up your storage spaces like closets and the garage and basement/attic. This will send a message to the daddy long legs that they are not welcome.

Step 2 – Exclusion

A home with cracks, gaps and holes is basically an invitation for the daddy long legs and other insects to gain free access into your living space. To combat that, begin by sealing cracks on the outside of the home and putting up screens on doors and windows. Do a scan around your home for possible entry and use caulk to fill those gaps. Do this both inside and outside, taking away any places that daddy long legs can hide. Drying up damp areas and fixing up moisture issues are also important to discourage daddy long legs from hanging around.

Step 3 – Insecticide Treatment with Reclaim IT Insecticide

Indoors, we recommend treating all your baseboards, around windows and doorways and any other crack or crevices where you think daddy longlegs might be entering or hiding with Reclaim IT Insecticide. Reclaim IT is a high-quality professional insecticide concentrate that is much more powerful than anything you would find at big box stores and you only need a small amount to get the job done. The best thing about it is its residual effect which means it can remain effective after application for up to 90 days.

Measure the square footage of the area of your home you wish to treat to determine how much Reclaim IT you will need. For spot treatments, simply dilute 1 ounce of Reclaim IT (which can treat up to 1,000 sq ft.) into a gallon pump sprayer and shake the sprayer to mix the product well. After a few pumps of the handle, you’re ready to spray. Spray door and window frames, floorboards, corners and other areas where you have seen activity. Make sure to focus spraying in dark, damp, secluded areas like your basement or garage.

Step 4 – Set Up Glue Traps

Another good product that works in tandem with sprays is setting glue traps. Place traps in corners and along edges of walls. Place a plentiful amount of them around suspicious areas, especially if you know that there is more than a few daddy longlegs present. Before you know it, they’ll be captured in a glue board and will be stuck. After that you can easily dispose of them.

Prevention

Practice good housekeeping and implement a regular cleaning routine and organize your storage spaces will do wonders in preventing spiders from stepping foot in your home again. Spray a perimeter treatment of Reclaim IT Insecticide around the outside of your home every 90 days to discourage daddy longlegs or other insects from returning.

Key Takeaways

  • Daddy long legs are a harmless pest but can be a nuisance when they appear in large numbers around the home.
  • Our top recommended ways to treat for daddy long legs are decluttering and exclusion along with a treatment of Reclaim IT Insecticide around your homes exterior and indoor cracks and crevices as well as placing down glue traps.
  • To prevent these pests from making a return, keep your home free of clutter and conduct preventative spraying of Reclaim IT Insecticide around your home to form a protective barrier to keep daddy long legs away.

We apologise in advance for the following bad news but we must be prepared in the face of adversity – and luckily we can help you with that.

This year we will see a greater than usual infestation of daddy-longlegs – the annoying, dangling crane flies that hover around us and sit on our walls waiting to take flight when our backs are turned.

Once again, in classic British style, the weather is to blame.

Normally, the flies lay their eggs in lawns during Winter but, due to our classic British freeze, most of the larvae do not survive.

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However, because last Winter was a lot milder than we are used to, many more daddy-longlegs babies were able to survive and develop.

Entomologist Barry Warrington told The Metro, ‘It is definitely a bumper year this year, simply due to the nice weather.’

‘It has not been as cold, there is a lot more for them to prey on. Warmer conditions suit them more, and they are actually out earlier than usual this year.’

In conclusion, the warm weather we have all enjoyed so far this year has brought with it a flying shadow of insects and arachnids that are about to find warmth in our houses.

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How to keep spiders out of your home

The experts at the GHI recommend closing your doors and windows when you can and, once any spiders are inside, using a vacuum or broom to remove them (making sure not to mark your walls or carpet).

You can also try placing conkers in the corners of your rooms. Although this old wives’ tale might not have much scientific evidence behind it, people have relied on it for years with the theory being that they emit a noxious chemical that drives the spider away.

Spiders, of all varieties, also hate the smell of peppermint, so try spraying peppermint oil along your door frames to deter them.

You had an inspection done before purchasing your house. But like any new homeowner, you want to really explore your property after moving in. Look around. Get the lay of the land. While you are poring over every inch of your backyard, you run across a blackish gray mass. You walk over to pick it up to examine it and it explodes into a swarm-like cluster of hundreds of daddy long legs, which can understandably come as quite a surprise.

Should you be worried? What’s the daddy long legs’ lifespan? Do daddy long legs bite? You have heard the rumors about how poisonous they are. Do you need to call an exterminator?

Everything You Need to Know About Daddy Long Legs

Before you decide this house isn’t for you, there are a few things you should know.

First, there are actually two creatures known as daddy long legs. One is a spider (Pholcidae) and one is not (Opiliones). One is a venomous predator, while the other mostly just eats decomposing animals and plants.

Second, and probably more important after an encounter like the one mentioned above, neither type ever naturally bites people.

The lifespan of a male daddy long legs is about a year. These creatures die after they mate. A female can live up to three years. Typically, baby spiders reach adulthood after about a year.

So, what about that rumor that daddy long legs are the most poisonous creatures in the world? As is the case with many other myths about spiders, this assertion is utterly false. Mythbusters debunked this in 2004 by coaxing a “venomous” daddy long legs spider into biting one of the hosts. It resulted in nothing more than a brief, mild burning sensation. Not pleasant, but no big deal in the grand scheme of things. With that out of the way, let’s learn a bit more about these fascinating creatures and how you should handle them.

How You Can Recognize Daddy Long Legs

As we already discussed, there are two types of arachnids called daddy long legs: Opiliones and Pholcidae. The first thing you may want to know is which type of daddy long legs you are dealing with.

Opiliones

These are the creatures that most people tend to call daddy long legs. They are also known as Harvestmen.

Physical characteristics

You can recognize harvestmen because of what looks like a single-segment oval body, rather than a skinny middle section connecting the two as with actual spiders. Instead of eight eyes, they have (at most) two eyes. Of course, harvestmen have those incredibly long legs, which can break off to allow them to escape predators. That is why you sometimes come across daddy long legs with six or seven legs.

Opiliones are not venomous. They also don’t spin webs, nor do they produce any silk. They do, however, molt regularly.

The average harvestman molts every ten days, and they can live for up to two years in our warmer weather in the southern states. That is pretty long for an insect, but it is nothing compared to some of the daddy long legs in Brazil. Harvestmen in this country can live for up to seven years! As you can tell, the daddy long legs’ lifespan varies widely.

Where to find harvestmen

Where do daddy long legs live? Opiliones species can be found anywhere in the world (besides Antarctica). They tend to live under objects, such as rocks and logs, and prefer moist environments, though they have also been found in the desert.

Unless you go looking for them, you probably will not encounter Opiliones around your home, although irarera cases, some have been known to congregate around eaves and windows or in garages and unfinished basements.

What they eat

Opiliones are the type of daddy long legs that survive mostly on decomposing plant and animal matter. However, they are what is known as “opportunistic predators.” If they believe they can take out a smaller or weaker creature, they will do it. Insects harvestmen eat include both aphids and other spiders. Additionally, these arachnids will eat bird droppings, fungi and even bread and butter if nothing better is around.

What attracts them

Harvestmen are drawn to logs, stone piles, compost heaps and gardens.

Pholcidae

Also known as “cellar spiders,” this type of daddy long legs are most commonly found around homes.

Like other actual spiders, Pholcidae have two main body parts that make up the torso (the cephalothorax and the abdomen), eight eyes usually grouped together in the front (some species only have six eyes) and eight legs that are attached to their front body part.

One of the most common kinds of Pholcidae is completely gray, while the other has a brown stripe on its belly. They are venomous and spin webs.

Where to find them

Their common name, “cellar spider,” should give you a big clue where you can find these creatures: cellars and other dark, moist areas of homes. If you have cracks or crevices, there is a decent chance that cellar spiders are living there.

What cellar spiders eat

These spiders eat invertebrates and other insects, including other spiders.

Cellar spiders may come into your house during colder months to escape the weather or because your home seems to offer plenty of private nooks and crannies for them to set up shop.

However, there is one thing that attracts them above all others: bugs. Spiders survive by preying on other bugs. If you are dealing with an infestation of other insects, spiders won’t be far behind, because your house is basically like one big spider buffet.

How to Get Rid of Daddy Long Legs and Keep Them Away

Now know that neither type of daddy long legs is particularly dangerous. In fact, because of the fact that they eat other pests, they can actually be quite beneficial to have around.

Despite this, that doesn’t mean that necessarily you want daddy long legs taking over your house or your yard. If their numbers become unmanageable and you want to clear them out, there are several different things that you can do.

Remove any debris

If you have daddy long legs outside, the best thing to do is to get rid of any debris you have lying around. Taking the following steps will help prevent daddy long legs from sticking around:

  • Move wood piles.
  • Clear out the area under decks.
  • Keep your lawn furniture clean.
  • Empty your gutters.
  • Trim back bushes that are close to the house.

Take these steps, and the creatures simply won’t have as many options about where they can live close by.

Check for entry points

To keep cellar spiders from getting in, take a careful look around your home’s exterior for entry points and seal them up. That means closing up cracks and crevices, repairing any tears in screens, making sure your weather-stripping doesn’t have gaps and checking for holes around sinks and water pipes.

Use the right kind of light

Bugs, in general, are attracted to bright lights, and daddy long legs are no different. Minimize their attraction to your home by using only yellow lights outdoors, which help to repel insects and arachnids.

Keep it dry

Daddy long legs are at least in part attracted to places like attics, basements, crawl spaces and crevices because they tend to be nice and humid. Combat this by investing in a dehumidifier and using it in those areas.

Alternatively, you could invest in ventilation for problematic areas. Also, make sure you fix any leaky fixtures or pipes.

Remove their hiding places

Cracks, crevices, isolated places and general clutter all look like home to daddy long legs, so take away as many potential spider resting spots as possible. Get rid of stacks of boxes or newspapers. If you just can’t bear to part with them, at least keep them away from walls–preferably leave about a foot of clearance.

This also goes for furniture. Beds should be a foot away from the wall, and other types of furniture at least a few inches. This not only discourages daddy long legs from using the spots as living spaces, but will also make it easier for you to run the vacuum and keep your living areas cleaner.

Apply targeted treatments

Our years of helping people deal with spider problems have taught us that you should only start using chemicals to deal with a daddy long legs infestation after you have already engaged in the hard work of eliminating hiding places and sealing up your house.

Depending on the nature of your issue, we may recommend powders, aerosol bombs, sprays or a combination of all three for immediate removal. Where long-term care is concerned, boric acid and insecticidal dust have proven to be quite effective at keeping daddy long legs away.

Again, though, these types of chemical methods work much better if you have already taken the time necessary to clean up and seal off potental problem areas.

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