You may have heard of someone that’s used LED strip lights and has noticed more spiders in their home.
These anecdotes are likely to have you wondering if the lights are to blame.
You might wonder if there’s something about the lighting wavelengths that may attract eight-legged creatures.
If you like the look of strip lights or want them to fulfill a specific purpose, then you might be concerned about an influx of arachnids once your new lights are in place.
For that reason, it’s wise to research the connection between these lights and spiders.
Do LED strips attract spiders? What causes an increase in the number of spiders living in the nearby vicinity?
LED strip lights do attract spiders, but they aren’t directly responsible. Many bugs prefer more well-lit environments and will gravitate towards LEDs. Spiders follow food sources, so they’re naturally more likely to set up homes where they can find an abundance of bugs to eat.
To help you find out more about spiders and LED strips, I’ll be discussing:
- Why you find more spiders near LED strip lights
- Which colors attract bugs the most
- How to deal with spiders and other bugs living in well-lit areas
Are Spiders Attracted To LED Strip Lights?
If you have installed LED strips, you might find that there are more spiders nearby than you’ve noticed before.
This may be coincidental, but it’s also possible that your strip lights had an impact.
You might think that your LED lights are attracting spiders with their glow. But, in fact, you need to think on a bigger scale.
The whole food chain comes into play.
Many insects are naturally and instinctively attracted to light.
They mainly seek out blue light wavelengths, as most insects see in the spectrum of colors within the 300-420 nanometer range, including ultraviolet light.
I have covered the insect’s love of light in more detail here.
Most bug zappers rely on UV light to attract unsuspecting insects, as these bugs seek lights to help them navigate and find their way around the world.
As insects gravitate towards lights, sensible spiders will follow.
These predators are seeking the best food sources, so they’ll move closer to lights, where they’ll have 24-7 buffet access.
Spiders don’t need to make as much effort if the food comes directly to them.
The spiders themselves may not be drawn to the light sources in a room, but they’re hunters who will find the best food sources and take advantage of their environment.
Think of spiders as the clean-up crew, making sure that your home isn’t overrun with moths and mosquitoes.
What Color Attracts Spiders The Most?
As most bugs and insects are attracted by lights towards the UV side of the scale, it stands to reason that those same colors will lead to an increased spider presence.
Shades of blue are more likely to attract a range of minuscule lodgers.
Most insects that are attracted to light are using it to navigate at night.
These same bugs are much less interested in warm colors that mimic midday sun.
You will likely see fewer insects and spiders if you just use warm yellows, reds, and whites.
Bugs aren’t just looking for specific colors. They’re attracted to bright lights in general and to the warmth of a light bulb.
As a result, you won’t avoid bugs entirely just by using yellow light throughout your home, though it will help.
Your choice of light color can have an impact on the number of bugs that take up residence.
Another important factor is the type of bulb you use – LED lights are actually best as they don’t give off a lot of heat, so there’s no warmth benefit for the bug.
What To Do With Spiders And Silverfish Bugs Under LED Strip Lights?
If you are already using strip lights and have noticed the insects moving in, then you’ll need to take action to remove these bugs from your environment.
The best course of action is to remove the lights, clean the space and then reinstall them. This is quicker and easier than trying to work around your existing light installation.
If you need to remove your LED strip lights so that you can clean the space easily, use a non-abrasive scrubbing brush (like a nail brush or baby hairbrush) to wipe away residual glue.
You can also warm the glue to help it melt with a hairdryer or similar source of warm air that won’t damage the paintwork underneath.
Interestingly, citrus-based adhesive removers are very effective for removing glue and also keeping bugs away.
Many bugs and insects are deterred by citrus-based scents. Be sure to follow my full steps on removing LED strips from a wall.
Getting rid of the bugs around your strip lights might require the use of a duster or vacuum cleaner.
Ensure that you have removed all signs of insect life, as any remaining tiny body parts or cobwebs could attract new six-legged residents.
If the presence of bugs is an ongoing problem, you might want to change the LED strips that you’re using.
If yours are on the blue end of the spectrum, switch them for something with a warm glow. LED strips that are more yellow, or orange, will be less appealing to insects.
You can also consider using cedar chips or oils, as these are excellent insect repellents.
Though the presence of spiders can be unnerving, remember that they can actually be a valuable pest control tool.
If a spider is tucked away and isn’t bothering you, then you might decide to let it stick around so it can take care of other flies and bugs.
Whenever you use lights in your home, you risk attracting small unwanted lodgers.
Many insects are naturally attracted to light, especially blue wavelengths, so they’re drawn to homes with artificial lighting from screens, bulbs, and LEDs.
If you have noticed more spiders around your LED lights, they’re likely specifically attracted to the color or brightness.
LEDs are not as warm as other light bulbs, so they’re actually less likely to be attracting insects and spiders.
If you’ve noticed the presence of insects near your strip lights, take some time to clean the area and use repelling products like citrus and cedar-scented sprays.
If the issue persists, you might consider changing your LED color. Warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows are far less appealing to bugs.
Do you have any tips for discouraging insects and reducing the number in your home? Have you noticed that insects gravitate towards the light sources in your home?
Comment below to share your experiences of bugs and spiders in your house.