14 Dec How To Get Rid of Spiders
Spiders can be terrifying. They’re hairy, they’re creepy-looking, and they have eight legs. But don’t worry: With some basic knowledge, you can get rid of them—and keep them from returning. We’ll walk you through how to identify the different types of spiders in your home, what attracts them there in the first place, what keeps them away from your house (and what brings them back) and how to get rid of those nasty webs that show up on every surface imaginable (including windows). In other words: You’ll be spider-free in no time!
Clean up debris in yard
The most important part of getting rid of spiders is to clean up your yard and make it difficult for them to hide. Spiders love dark, damp places, so they prefer the corners of your house or under rocks or plants. If there are any holes in the yard (say, where a tree root is growing through the ground), make sure your dog isn’t digging in that spot because he’ll just bring more spiders into your home with him!
Spiders can also get into your house through tiny cracks in windowsills, door thresholds or window screens. Once inside, they can move from room-to-room without being noticed until you see them crawling across walls! It’s important to keep an eye out for small openings around doors and windows that may serve as an entry point for harmful insects like ticks and mosquitoes.
Lemon or eucalyptus oil on pet bedding
If you have pets, you may want to add lemon or eucalyptus oil to their bedding. The smell of these oils repels spiders and other insects, which will help keep them off your pet’s bedding. You can also put a few drops of either oil onto furniture or other surfaces that spiders are likely to inhabit.
If you want to repel spiders but don’t want the smell of lemon or eucalyptus oil, try placing a few drops of peppermint oil onto surfaces where spiders are likely to live. This will help prevent them from coming into your home in the first place.
Granular repellents are a great way to repel spiders from your home. These products are applied in cracks, crevices and other areas where spiders might be hiding. They can also be used in pet bedding, window sills, garages and basements or anywhere else you have seen spiders. Granular repellents do not harm humans or pets but are effective at keeping unwanted pests out of the home!
Diatomaceous earth is a natural product made from crushed fossilized diatoms. It can be used to kill insects and spiders, but it’s safe for humans and pets. Since spiders are arthropods (like insects), they have hard outer skeletons that protect them.
Diatomaceous earth causes tiny cuts on the exoskeleton of arthropods, causing them to dry out and die–but it doesn’t harm their insides, so their bodies remain intact!
Caulk crevices where spiders might enter the house
Caulk cracks and crevices where spiders might enter the house. For example, if you have sliding glass doors that open to the outside, caulking around them would help prevent spiders from coming in through these spaces. You can use a caulk gun to apply a bead of caulk into these areas. Caulks should be water resistant (to keep out moisture) and easy to clean off when it’s time for an annual spring cleaning.
-Use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of spiders that are already inside the house. Vacuum all carpeted areas, upholstered furniture and baseboards where spiders may be hiding. You can also use a handheld vacuum or broom to sweep spider webs out of corners and around windowsills.
Keep porch lights off at night.
- Keep porch lights off at night. Spiders hide in the dark, so you can use yellow bug lights instead of white ones to keep them away from your home.
- Keep outdoor lights off at night. Outdoor lighting attracts bugs and other insects that are food for spiders, so keep those lights on during the day and switch them off at night to reduce the amount of insects around your home—and therefore fewer spiders as well.
Use shelters and sticky traps.
- Sticky traps. These are effective in catching the spiders and their webs, but they’re not very aesthetically pleasing. If you can’t bear to have them on display in your home, try tucking them away in a closet or basement.
- Shelters. You can make shelters out of old plastic containers or wooden boxes, or purchase commercial ones that are specifically designed for trapping spiders (and other pests). Make sure that the shelter is large enough for the spider to live comfortably inside but small enough so it doesn’t escape through small openings into your house. Place these shelters outdoors at night where there’s lots of light; this will attract more biting insects like mosquitoes so they’ll be less likely to come indoors after dark!
Sweep the walls and corners of rooms with a broom.
- Sweep the walls and corners of rooms with a broom.
- Use a stiff brush on the corners.
- Vacuum to remove spider webs or use a houseplant mister to spray spiders, their webs and eggs. You can also buy sprays at your local hardware store that kill them on contact; just make sure you test it first on an inconspicuous corner before spraying directly on live spiders (they will die but will come back if they are not killed correctly).
Other alternatives include: sprinkling baking soda into cracks where spiders might live; placing bowls filled with water around your home to drown pests; using vinegar (sprayed directly onto the infestation) as an effective natural repellent; sealing off any openings in your house that may allow pests inside such as windowsills, crevices between floors/walls etc.; using traps made specifically for catching insects like flies and mosquitoes that would otherwise serve as food sources for spiders
Spiders are beneficial.
Spiders are beneficial. While they may be creepy, they’re also predators, which means they eat other insects and help keep the population under control. Spiders aren’t harmful to humans and are actually good for the environment because they prevent plant damage caused by insect pests.
There are several different kinds of spiders in Canada: orb weavers, wolf spiders, fishing spiders and black widows (the most poisonous). Orb weavers build webs that look like circles or half-circles made out of silk; wolf spiders hunt on foot; fishing spiders create underwater traps with fine silk threads that catch prey; black widows are ‘wandering’ types who use their webs only for molting purposes or to catch prey if necessary – otherwise these creatures remain on the ground searching for food.
Stay vigilant on keeping your home clean, and you can control most spiders without bringing in an exterminator.
To keep spiders at bay, you can either control the population in your home or prevent them from entering it in the first place. To do that, you should regularly keep your home clean—spiders are attracted to clutter. Regularly sweep walls and corners to remove debris like dead leaves that would provide a nice hiding spot for an arachnid. You should also caulk cracks and crevices around windows and doors to prevent spiders from sneaking into your house.
Keep your porch lights off at night so there aren’t any inviting targets for wandering insects (and therefore their predators). Lastly, if you have a known path into your house where spiders are likely to wander along, use sticky traps or diatomaceous earth (a natural insecticide) on these surfaces as well as other places where you see spider activity.
We hope that you learned something here today! We know it can be a challenge to keep your home free of spiders, but we also think that it’s important to remember that they are just another living creature. And if you do find yourself in need of an exterminator, make sure they are licensed and have experience dealing with pests.