Spider Extermination and Control pg 4. SPIDER EXCLUSION, or the art of preventing spiders from leaving where they are beneficial to go where they are just plain annoying:

Though spiders don't usually go where they aren't needed, they often go where they aren't wanted. For example, most humans don't want spiders running loose in their homes, even if they might eat a stray bug once in a while. In my home it isn't too unusual to see a fine specimen of a bold jumping spider (Phidippus audax) on the back door frame, inside the house. I presume she spends as much time outside as inside, and fortunately for her she doesn't wander too far afield. As a result, my wife lets her be. However, if a wolf spider gets in, all bets are off.

Much of my time these days is spent in hospitals, nursing facilities, and medical clinics, inspecting for insects and spiders. Wherever I find an abundance of spiders inside such facilities, the cause is usually obvious. Most often the outside doors have one or more defective seals, and the lower sweep predominates as the culprit. To keep spiders out of your home, make sure your exterior doors are sealed properly. Pay particular attention to the plastic or rubber sweep under the door; even a tiny opening at one side of the sweep will let in a multitude of 8-legged friends.

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