How To Get Rid Of Spiders
Spiders are beneficial part of the ecosystem because they eat flies, mosquitoes and other pests. Despite this, you probably don’t want them in your home. Some spiders are highly venomous, such as the brown recluse and the black widow. Even spiders that rarely bite, or that create few complications when they do bite, aren’t something most people want for roommates. Here are ways to get rid of spiders in your home and to gain back your peace of mind.
Eliminate Hiding Places
Spraying your home with pesticides can reduce the spider population temporarily. However, if you don’t take steps to make your home less attractive to spiders, new ones will replace the ones you killed. The first step to spider proofing your home is to get rid of as many hiding places as you can. You won’t want to get rid of closets and cupboards, of course, but you can do the following:
- Throw away old cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes offer an ideal home for spiders, especially if the boxes are stored in a closet, basement or other dark, quiet area.
- Use plastic, lidded airtight containers for storage. Transfer all stored items from open boxes or shelves to lidded plastic containers that can be closed tightly. The fewer places spiders have to hide, the less likely they will stick around and populate your home with more spiders.
- Tidy your attached garage. Many kinds of spiders enjoy a cluttered garage, and once they take up residence there, they can move into your home beneath a joining door or window or gaps in the walls.
- Clean and organize all closets, cupboards and storage rooms, including the attic. Check for webs, other pests that can be a spider’s food supply, empty containers and similar items and remove them.
- Fix leaks. Spiders need water to live, and a leak in plumbing offers fresh drinking water for them and other pests. Check all of your plumbing for water leaks and have the leaks fixed.
Block Spiders’ Entrance Routes
If you don’t seal up places where spiders enter the home, it is like forcing an intruder out and then leaving your front door wide open. You won’t be able to eliminate every entry point, but you can make a difference by getting rid of the most common ones by doing the following:
- Caulk around windows and door frames.
- Add door sweeps.
- Fix window screens.
- Add pest blockers to dryer vents.
- Fill gaps in exterior walls and the foundation.
- Seal around flues and attic vents.
- Seal cracks in the ductwork.
Many spiders lay eggs in corners, under furniture, behind bookcases and in other discrete areas. Vacuuming these places is a quick and easy way to eliminate egg sacks and prevent infestations. Once a week, use your vacuum cleaner attachments to get into these hard to access places to suck out any debris.
Keep the Home Clean
Food crumbs and even dust attract ants, flies and other pests, which provide an enticing food source for spiders. Keep control over other pests, and you will keep spider populations down. Much of this involves keeping your home clean and keeping food stored in airtight containers or in the refrigerator. You should also dispose of kitchen garbage daily, and keep tightly fitting lids on all kitchen trashcans to keep out ants, flies and roaches.
Clear the Perimeter
By making your yard less inviting to spiders, you will have fewer wandering into your home. Spiders like to hide in woodpiles, beneath plant debris, and in buckets or other receptacles. Don’t store firewood right next to the house, keep flowerbeds cleared of debris and clear other items from around the foundation.
Pesticides should be used as a last resort because of their toxicity. However, if you have a brown recluse infestation or other harmful spiders, such as hobo spiders or black widows, then pesticides are often warranted.
Pets and children will need to be removed from the home during application, and you should read labels carefully. Some pesticides require that the chemicals contact the spider directly. When you are unsure where the spiders are hiding out, it is better to use a fogger or to hire an exterminator to apply the pesticide.
There are also many nontoxic spider repellents on the market. These typically contain natural essential oils, such as clove oil and citronella. Spray these repellents liberally in all areas that spiders might enjoy hiding, such as closets, corners, and beneath furnishings.
Spiders in the home are very common, but if you take all of these steps, you will reduce their numbers in your home and prevent future infestations. Remember that spiders are seeking what all creatures seek, which is food, water and shelter. Make your home inhospitable to them, and they will go elsewhere.
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