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How to Get Rid of Spiders Before You’re Crawling with Them
- 1 How to Get Rid of Spiders Before You’re Crawling with Them
- 2 How to kill spiders seven different ways
- 3 8 Effective Tips for Control of House Spiders
- 4 Know which ones are your friends and which ones are your foes
- 5 Spider Control
- 6 How to Get Rid Of Spiders and DIY Spider Spray
- 7 Getting Rid of Spiders Indoors
- 8 How to Keep Spiders Out of Your Home
How to kill spiders seven different ways
Spider control isn’t always necessary unless you have poisonous spiders, a problematic population or a full-on spider infestation. At these points, a pest management professional is necessary. If you simply want to learn how to get rid of spiders in households like yours before it gets that far, here are the seven best ways:
Suck it up.
Spider control begins with sanitation, and that starts with you. Vacuum routinely and thoroughly. Vacuuming will remove spider webs, egg sacs and spiders from your home. Any spider that’s sucked up will die instantly. Their soft body structure can’t handle the trauma. Pay special attention to any cracks and the corners of all rooms in your home. If you can’t reach an area, use a broom. Remove cobwebs both old and new. You can tell the difference because old abandoned webs collect dust, but may still have egg sacs on them. Be sure to remove clutter from attics, garages, closets and basements.
Dry the fly supply.
Spiders don’t like human food, and luckily, they don’t like humans. What they do like are other arthropods and insects. And just like humans, spiders die if they don’t get food. A good way to control a spider infestation is to cut off their food supply. Keep fitted screens on all windows, and make sure they are in good repair. If you have other bug and insect problems, work with your pest management professional to eliminate points of entry. Practice good sanitation and food storage techniques. Wipe down any areas insects may travel to eliminate the possibility of pheromone trails.
Spin your own web.
Learning how to kill spiders doesn’t always have to be so much work. Instead of trapping food in their webs, you can catch the spiders in your own «web» with sticky glue traps. These traps are often used for rodent and cockroach control, but work on spiders as well. Lay the traps throughout your entire home, including closets, basements, garages and attics. Baseboards, corners and other heavy spider traffic areas are perfect locations for traps. The more traps you lay, the better your spider control becomes. However, you should use caution when placing traps and ensure that they are located out of the reach of children and pets.
Pride in your outside.
Don’t neglect the property around your home. Make it less friendly for spiders by removing clutter such as rocks, wood and compost piles. Caulk all cracks in your home’s foundation to eliminate points of entry. Seal windows with fitted screens and all doors with sweeps and weather strips. Clean window shutters regularly and power-wash any cobwebs off your home. Eliminate cardboard boxes and debris in storage areas, sheds or crawl spaces. If you have a garden and all goes well, the spiders will relocate there – the one place you wantthem to be. Spiders keep harmful bugs at bay, plus, they don’t eat plants. The only spider control you need to keep your ‟green thumbs” safe during weeding, planting or harvest is a water hose to knock them off the plants. After you’re done, they’ll get back to protecting your garden from pests that can ruin your harvest and bloom.
Punch their lights out.
Bugs love light and spiders love bugs, so it makes sense that if you want to learn how to get rid of spiders, you should rethink the way you light your home. You can reduce the amount of outdoor lighting you use to diminish the number of insects and bugs drawn to your home. You can also replace existing lighting with sodium vapor lights or yellow lights. These are less attractive to bugs, so if your neighbor has bright flood lights, they just inherited your problem. If you must have bright outdoor lighting, try to place the actual light source (i.e., the bulb and fixture) away from doors and windows. It’s fine to shine the light wherever needed, but if the source is right at your door, spiders will set up shop there and the bugs that make it past them will come into your home to feed your house spiders. The insects that spiders love to eat are also less attracted to homes with dark siding, as opposed to white siding.
It’s always best to let pest management professionals handle any insecticides, but if you are going to try to figure out how to get rid of spiders on your own, do it safely. Always follow all instructions and heed all warnings on the product’s label. Residual insecticides can be applied to places where spiders like to breed, such as corners, attics, basements and garages. Barrier treatment around your home’s foundation is also effective. Total release foggers are not very effective for spiders, but slow release (microencapsulated) formulations and wettable powders are.
Get them while they’re alone.
If you aren’t dealing with a spider infestation, you don’t necessarily have to learn how to kill spiders in some strange and unique way. A good old-fashioned squashing with your shoe will do, as will a rolled-up newspaper or magazine. If you don’t want to smear the wall – or prefer to spare the spider’s life – place a jar over the spider and then slip a piece of paper between the jar’s opening and the wall, counter, etc. This seals the spider in. Keeping the paper in place, flip the jar over so the spider is at the bottom, then walk him outside and set him free. Just make sure your home’s points of entry are sealed off or you may find that he liked the hearty meals and gentle checkout service your establishment provided and will be back to visit soon.
If this seems like a lot of work, it’s because it is. Spider control and management is not a quick fix. It’s an ongoing effort, especially with spider infestations. Take the easy way out and call Terminix®. Not only do we know how to get rid of spiders, we are backed by more than 90 years of experience and come with a money back guarantee*.
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8 Effective Tips for Control of House Spiders
Know which ones are your friends and which ones are your foes
Spiders are one of the most-feared of all pests in the home that people want to exterminate. There are more phobias about spiders than any other pest, and understandably so. If you get bitten by the wrong spider — a black widow or a brown recluse — and you have a bad reaction to the venom, you can end up in the hospital. And yes, there have even been some deaths associated with spiders (though fewer than you may think — only six per decade in the U.S.).
There are several things you need to know about pest control and spider prevention:
How to Get Rid Of Spiders and DIY Spider Spray
When seasons change, many homeowners find themselves wondering how to get rid of spiders in the home. The solution is a combination of addressing their favorite hiding places and avenues into your home, plus a hefty dose of the homemade Spider Spray recipe below.
Getting Rid of Spiders Indoors
It’s not that spiders suddenly move indoors — in fact, some scientists claim you are always within three feet of a spider. But weather changes often lead us to start our Spring or Fall Cleaning or to swap out seasonal clothing and decor, and those activities send spiders scurrying for safety.
Use a Layered Approach
The most important thing to know about how to get rid of spiders is that it’s a process. You’ve got to remove places where they can hide first, then get rid of any spiders or cobwebs you see next, and finally, keep them from coming back by using homemade Spider Spray.
Skipping one of these steps — by just sweeping away cobwebs and spraying, for instance, but not dealing with their favorite hiding places — means you’re eliminating the spiders you can see. That works fine for a while, but eventually, they’ll come out of hiding — probably just as you’re going to bed.
Remove Spiders’ Hiding Places
Spiders don’t like attention. They’ll scurry away when they hear you coming, hiding in clutter or places they’re not likely to be disturbed. Like cockroaches and mice, they love piles of unattended junk. (Related: How to Get Rid of Cockroaches and DIY Cockroach Killer.)
Some spiders prefer damp, dark areas like basements and seldom-used closets. Others like warm, dry places like attics and the spot behind window treatments you rarely open. If you want to keep spiders out of your home, you’ll need to make a regular habit of cleaning those areas.
Some common spider-attracting places:
- Damp garages or basements
- In cracked walls or gaps around pipes, windows, and doors
- Piles of newspapers and old magazines
- Open storage boxes in basements and closets
- Heaps of laundry left on the floor
- Closets crammed full of things you rarely use
- Under kitchen and bathroom sinks, especially if they leak
- In houseplants — even the fake ones
- In the corners of your room, especially high ceilings
Clean Often to Remove and Prevent Cobwebs
Running the vacuum through the center of the room and dusting horizontal surfaces isn’t enough to deter spiders from making your home their home. You already know they love to build webs; your job is to make sure that they can’t.
- Pick up clothes and other things left on your floor and put them away.
- Shake curtains before cleaning a room to dislodge spiders and cobwebs. Let the dust settle a bit before proceeding to clean.
- Dust furniture and anything on it like knickknacks, framed photos, and houseplants.
- Vacuum wall-to-wall, including the corners of rooms and closet floors. Lift throw rugs and vacuum beneath them, too.
- When cleaning the kitchen, move items that sit on your counters so you can clean behind and beneath them. Dust your kitchen decor, too.
At least once a month, clean the following to get rid of spiders and keep them from building cobwebs:
- Dust ceilings, light fixtures, and walls monthly. Use an extension dusting pole if you can’t reach.
- Vacuum behind and beneath small furniture like nightstands and end tables.
- Move your bed and dust the wall behind your headboard, then vacuum the floor beneath the bed. Anything you keep beneath your bed should be in covered storage boxes, which also need to be moved and dusted monthly.
- Remove vent covers on floor registers and dust them monthly. Related: How to Clean Your Air Ducts.)
Every four months — when seasons change — is a good time to deep clean seldom-used areas of your home. The seasonal tasks below will help get rid of spiders in such areas, which helps keep them from exploring the rest of your home.
- Clean your fireplace and fire accessories. Open and close your chimney’s flue, too, to dislodge any cobwebs that have accumulated.
- Inspect your attic for leaks. Clean cobwebs, dust storage boxes, and sweep the attic floor while you’re up there.
- Inspect the basement for leaks and cracks in the wall. Sweep the walls, dust storage boxes, and sweep the floor to dislodge cobwebs.
- Move your car out of the garage so you can clean it. Be sure to sweep the ceiling and walls, as well as the inside of your garage’s exterior door. Purge clutter and rearrange storage boxes then sweep the garage floor.
How to Keep Spiders Out of Your Home
Decluttering and cleaning will both do a lot to get rid of spiders inside your home. You should also take measures to keep outdoor spiders from coming inside, too.
The steps below, combined with the homemade Spider Spray recipe, will do the trick.
- Make sure your windows and doors seal properly. Use weatherstripping where needed.
- Inspect your home’s foundations and walls for cracks — caulk or seal problem areas.
- Don’t stack firewood against your home’s foundation.
- Trim shrubs and trees to keep them away from exterior walls, and trim or mow grasses regularly.
- Close your chimney flue when the fireplace is not in use. Not only will this help deter spiders, but it will also help control your utility costs, too.
- Spiders and other pests often enter our homes via paper grocery bags. Use cloth grocery bags and launder them regularly.
- You can also place spider glue traps where you often find spiders, like behind the water heater and under utility sinks.
Homemade Spider Spray
Spiders don’t like peppermint or vinegar, so use a combination of the two against them. This Spider Spray recipe also helps prevent other household pests like ants and mice. (Related: How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally)
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small spray bottle. Shake well.
- Spray beneath sinks, around windowsills and doors, in seldom-used closets, or other areas where you find spiders and cobwebs.
- Store in a cool, dark place.
Call the Pros if You Must
Particularly bad infestations, like those found in older homes where spiders have had plenty of time to breed in the walls, may require a professional exterminator. These days, many professional exterminators offer non-toxic solutions, so be sure to ask.
Once the infestation is under control, the above methods can prevent future problems. Or there’s always this way to get rid of spiders in the house.
Heather-Joan Carls says
YES. I love the picture at the end of the your post. I have come close to doing that! I LOATHE spiders. I don’t fear them but I am compelled to kill them before they have a chance to kill me kinda mindset lolz I actually killed one last night in the bathroom up by the ceiling with the broom. 11 o’clock last night WHACK! Thank you for the tips. I can use a lot of them. Watch out, spiders, Heather-Joan is coming to extract massive genocide on you! lolz :p
Only spider I want in my house is one that doesn’t procreate, that spins a big web to catch all mosquitoes. Not sure which I loathe more….probably mosquitoes. I keep asking “Why God…Why couldn’t you have created mosquitoes and spiders in a way that would have been less annoying/harmful to humans, but still fit into the food chain!”
Amen. I say that about mosquitoes, too!
Kristi Wood says
Another completely non-toxic way to control creepy-crawlies in your house is to sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth (which you can buy on Amazon or in a lot of locally-owned gardening nurseries) under and behind appliances and along the floor in closets and pantries. It is completely safe for pets and children; it’s used as an additive in cattle feed, so you could eat a spoonful of it and it wouldn’t hurt you at all. It’s the microscopic skeletal remains of diatoms, and it has sharp edges that cut into an insect or arachnid’s exoskeleton and cause them to dessicate. I’ve been using it for years.
does it work for mice? I have problems with both spiders that im deathly afraid of and mice bad this year have tried quite a few things to rid the mice but not having luck thank you for your help
Katie Berry says
Peppermint oil does work for mice, yes. Here are some more ways to get rid of mice.
The best way to rid spider is the vacuum cleaner. Every year my aunt start a (cobwebs) spring cleaning in her garage and basement. There are so many giant Hobo-spiders, with large webs in there. After vacuuming we checked the full dust bag and all spiders were killed inside, most of them were split in several pieces! The suction was to strong for the spiders.
Katie Berry says
I absolutely am terrified of spiders and even though sometimes I do try to kill every last spider on earth and get filled with a spider-killing vengeance I just want them to leave. If they don’t bother me I have no need to kill them, but alas, they never listen and they can’t say I didn’t warn them. I try to look for ways to keep them out with natural deterrents like peppermint oil. So this article was helpful.
Katie Berry says
I can’t stand spiders, either, though I try not to kill them outdoors. I’m glad to know you found the article helpful!
Can’t wait to fill my squirt bottle and get to work around here!! Spiders are fine if they stay outside. They’ve just made themselves too comfortable here this year….
Katie Berry says
We’re having more spiders around here than usual, too, Sandy. Last week when I was getting out of the shower, I grabbed my towel and found a HUGE spider on it. Needless to say, I did quite a lot of spraying around the house after that!
I live in Ky and just within the last few weeks I have seen huge black spiders in my home. I have never seen them in the house before and certainly not in the numbers i am now!. Just tonight i have killed 5 of them,which are bigger than a quarter. I feel like I am stuck in a bad nightmare. I have a major fear of spiders so i hope these natural remedies help. All together i have killed 15 in the past week. Where are they coming from?
Katie Berry says
The spiders are probably coming in due to the change in season. They’re looking for a nice, warm place to spend the winter. Hope the tips in this entry helped!
Silly question I suppose – should I spray BOTH the inside AND outside of the windows & doors with the peppermint oil vinegar solution?
Katie Berry says
It’s not a silly question at all! I think you’d get best results spraying both sides though, obviously, if it rains you’ll want to reapply outside.
I think so just try if you have no more just do the outside Katie berry
Katie Berry says
I’m still not sure what you’re saying, Mya.
No silly question….I just woke up at 1:00 to use the restroom and a huge spider was sitting right next to my head..YIKES…….I am spraying inside; outside and it that doesn’t work I’m moving into a plastic bubble. Geesh it is really bad this year.
Katie Berry says
I might need a plastic bubble, too. Was sitting on the patio yesterday and thought I felt something crawling on my leg. I looked two or three times and saw nothing. A minute later, I felt that same sensation on my stomach — under my shirt. Looked down and, sure enough, there was a spider on me. Between the horrified dance and ripping my shirt off to get the spider off of me, I gave my neighbors quite the show!
I have natural wood window sills & wood base around the floors. Will this spray harm the wood if I apply it & it doesn’t get wiped off?
Katie Berry says
Assuming your wood trim is sealed in some way, this is safe. I have wood trim around my windows and baseboards, too, and haven’t had a problem using this spray over the past 12 years.
Cherry pie says
I live in hull and the last few weeks I’ve been killing at lot of little black and yellow spotted spiders but to night i saw the biggest one on my bed now am not afraid of alot of things but spiders i cry at I’ve got two very young babies one is a year old and the other 14 weeks but i can’t find the bastard thing now but i don’t want to get in my bed or put my little girl in my room in case its a spider that can do damage. …. I NEED HELP ASAP xx
Katie Berry says
It’s quite late there (I’m in Kansas, in the States) but you’ve done the best thing you can do at this time of night by pulling your babies into your room.
Tomorrow, do the cleaning recommended in this article. Then see if the chemist has peppermint oil. Follow the recipe in this article and spray around the base of all walls and doors in your home, and also spray the window wells. Repeat that twice a week.
And do try to get some rest!
Essential oils are NOT good for cats.
So many articles I’ve seen offering this solution (including too many offering it as ‘pet safe’ fail to mention that fact.
A disclaimer would be nice.
Katie Berry says
As a cat lover, I understand your concern. (My cats are 12 and 6.) But to say ALL essential oils are not good for cats is incorrect. Catnip oil, for instance, is used in a variety of cat toys and, when combined with water or carrier oils, is perfectly safe for cats. You might know catnip’s Latin name: Nepeta cataria. It is in the mint family, as is peppermint — the essential oil used in this recipe. Many people, in fact, find their cats enjoy the smell of peppermint and that it has calming effects on them when used properly.
That last part is important. Just as catnip oil must be diluted, so must peppermint oil. If it’s applied directly to mucous membranes it will burn… and that is true whether we’re talking cats or humans. If properly diluted, it’s not at all harmful. The same can be said of SOME but not ALL other essential oils. They were, after all, among the first medicines used to treat animals!
In other words, while I understand your concerns, I didn’t include a disclaimer on this because I know the use of peppermint oil when properly diluted is safe for cats. But thank you for caring about your feline friends!
Alexandris Ransom says
I am ready to burn this house down! For the past mth. I have had a spider crawl in my bed or on my body while in bed. I can’t take this much longer.
Katie Berry says
Yikes! I can’t imagine how much you must be dreading bedtime. You might want to strip your bed completely and wash all of the bed linens then, while it’s bare, flip your mattress and vacuum under your bed. Hopefully one of those things will get rid of that spider.
I have a lot of spiders on my apple trees and was wondering if I sprayed it with the peppermint oil if it will harm the apples?
Katie Berry says
I really don’t know what effect it would have on your apple trees. You should probably speak to a Master Gardener at your County Extension Office to find out for sure.
In one apartment I lived in, I would find spiders on the ceiling more often than anywhere else so I devised what I like to call my ‘spider defense kit.’ The kit contains an umbrella so if the spider falls it doesn’t get on you, an aerosol can of hairspray to demobilize spider, and a broom with a shoe on the end for smashing purposes. Worked 99% of the time. One time it didn’t, the spider fell and I couldn’t find it so I just left!
The home my husband and I just moved into has been having a slight spider problem and I absolutely can’t stand the creatures. So thanks for mentioning that we should be sure to check that all of our home’s foundations and walls are properly sealed so that no creepy-crawlies can get in. We’re planning on calling a spider extermination service to help us exterminate them, but I’ll be sure to check to make sure that any possible entrances are sealed so that we won’t need to be calling for their services again.
Katie Berry says
Well, that doesn’t say a whole lot in favor of the pest control company you’d had in your URL before I changed it. Perhaps you’d be better off spending your time improving your service rather than trying to spam blogs?
Just a friendly FYI– be careful using essential oils if you have cats!! They can be toxic to cats if eaten, particularly tea tree oil. If you use those oils on your skin, your cat may try to lick it off you.
Katie Berry says
Excellent tip, Caitlyn!
I am always looking for natural ways to keep spiders out. Just sprayed the apartment and replaced the wall attachments. Today after returning home, I needed to use the restroom. I look down at my fliptop garbage can and see it covered in little dust like crawlies. I sprayed it down but don’t look forward to further cleaning. Feeling tramatized because they weren’t there an hour ago.
Katie Berry says
Well, when I lived in Hawaii those little crawly things were ants or termites. Empty the trash, clean the can thoroughly, and spray it. Hope that helps.
Joanna Pagan says
What type of vinegar,
Hi Joanna, I’d recommend distilled white vinegar. ACV can actually attract household pests because it can contain pectin.
Joanna Pagan says
Thanks so much Katie .going to try tonight.
Got up for work and found a spider which I tried to kill. But it got away. Its hard to kill any insect when your bedroom has carpet. Now I have to go to work and I’m afraid it will come out tonight while I am sleeping. Last month I found a spider that was dead but looked weird. My son in law said it was a scorpion spider. ? The spider that git away was near the same area that the dead spider was. Hope I find that spider before I go to bed tonight.
I hope you did, too.
Taylor Everhart says
I have had several spiders come into my trailer and I have tried about everything and I can’t find out where they come from. I’m allergic to them when they bite me and they have been biting me a lot. I just want them to stop biting me and I won’t kick them out, because they kill the other bugs in my house.
That sounds miserable. I really don’t know any good solutions to letting spiders stay in your house but keeping them from biting you. Sorry, I hope you find relief!
karen whitaker says
I live in a 125 year old farmhouse surrounded by corn and ponds. Spiders pack their bags every Spring and Fall to vacation in my house. My first line of defense and to expire their visas permanently is to vacuum every nook and cranny of this old house including the wrap around porch. Feeling pretty secure that I have intombed 90 percent. I remove the bag, seal the opening with duct tape and burn it along with the weekly trash. Day 2 I fill my small spray bottle with water and 4 drops of pure lavender oil ( Cheap Imitation OIL Won’t Work ) and spray around window sills, baseboards and doors. I then fill my large spray bottle with water and apple cider vinegar and spray all entries on my porch, in the garage and around the foundation of the house and along the windows. I also spray the basement. Come Late Fall I repeat the process so they won’t be inclined to vacation here in the winter. As far as killing spiders in and around the house I have no qualms about it, seeings how they are not an endangered species and give birth to thousands of babies at a time I feel my battle being one against millions is totally justified. Same with ANTS…
Sounds like you’ve got a great process down pat. You’re absolutely right about quality oils making all the difference. Go forth and kill those spiders!
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