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How to Get Rid of Spiders in the House
- Published: Apr 12/2019
- Last update: May 29/2023
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Every house has spiders. These small, 8-legged protectors survive by eating flies, mosquitoes, ants, and other insects and are mostly harmless to humans and pets. Yet often, we get the willies each time an arachnid passes by them and even more so when there is a full-on spider invasion. In this article, you’ll find out how to get rid of spiders in the house.
Now, set your mind at rest and let’s find out what you can do to prevent these creepy crawlies from trespassing on your property.
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…keep reading as we will share with you some easy and useful tips on how to get rid of spiders.
There are around 650 species of spiders in the UK, with only 12 of them recorded as actually biting people. Unless you have specific allergies, these bites shouldn’t cause anything serious. Typical UK spiders you’ll find in your house and garden:
Spiders are attracted to your house when they are looking for food, which in their case, consists of insects. Many species are also drawn to areas with high humidity levels, such as bathrooms, attics or basements. And lastly, just like with many other creatures, severe weather conditions can also force spiders to take refuge in your home. This is the main reason why sometimes you’ll find an outdoor species inside your house and even your garden shed. Check our dedicated post on how to keep spiders out of the shed for more info.
So, find out what the spiders from your local area prefer to eat, for example, ants or flies, and get rid of the source. You might even find that you have other bugs in your house you should get rid of.
You have probably noticed an increasing number of spiders during Autumn. But what is the reason if they are not coming from the outside? Well, the answer is simple – it is mating season. Basically, wandering males are looking for mature spider females. This usually happens at the end of the summer, but it varies for the different kinds of spiders.
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Before you go straight for the kill, our advice is to always try to relocate and get rid of the spiders humanely. If they are somewhere near an exit, such as a window, or a door, push them gently with a stick or a ruler for some motivation. If you’re brave enough, you could also just pick them with your hand and release them in the backyard.
However, if you are a bit squeamish and you just want them out of your sight, here is what else you can do to deter the spiders that paid your house a visit:
If you only need to get rid of a few spiders in the corner and not a full infestation, use a vacuum. It’s the best method for people who don’t want to get anywhere near to those little crawlers. Go through the egg sacks and webs carefully so you don’t miss anything. You can use a broom as well.
Glue traps are usually used for capturing cockroaches and mice, but they will also work for a larger spider infestation. They are in the form of flat sheets, without any edges. You should place them in areas where you have seen a lot of spider traffic. However, if the infestation is big enough for you to use glue traps, maybe it’s time to call for a professional. They will be able to track down the source, not only remove the visible parts.
Here is another simple, natural remedy against spiders. Use a mixture of vinegar and peppermint oil. Mix a solution of ½ cup white vinegar, 1 ½ cup of lukewarm water, and, finally, add around 10 drops of peppermint oil. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply the remedy to the corners, windowsills, and other places where you see spiders.
Diatomaceous earth is a natural spider repellent with many useful applications for your home, health, and even pets. It’s made from the fossilized remains of single-celled organisms called “diatoms”, which is where the name comes from. Apply the powder-like substance to the areas where the spiders walk on. To us, it’s harmless, but in the spider world, diatomaceous earth is a dangerous, edgy road to walk on that will only lead to the spiders’ demise.
Someone somewhere said that spiders run away from conkers like vampires from garlic. However, since this is not a scientifically proven method, you can use it as a distraction for your kids while you’re dealing with spiders. Make them place a couple of conkers on the window sills, in the corners of the rooms, and in front of your house as a protective wall from the arachnids.
Natural remedies will work up to a point, but after that, if you want permanent results, it’s time to bring out the big guns. Those would be either a spider pest control professional or store-bought chemicals. Here is how to use chemicals to get rid of spiders at home:
Similar to the diatomaceous earth, spiders need to have direct contact with insecticides for them to have any effect. That’s why you need to spray the insecticide only on the places where you know a lot of the spiders’ walkthroughs. Always read the label before you use the product, as it is a dangerous chemical that could lead to accidental poisoning.
As for the type of insecticide you should use, slow-release kinds and wettable powders are proven to be most useful as opposed to total-release foggers, which aren’t as effective.
If you have small kids or pets, you must be extra careful. Ingesting those insecticides can be lethal and requires immediate medical assistance. Keep them away from children and pets.
If you are afraid of dealing with spiders or you think your home is infested with them, it is best to consult with a professional. Fantastic Services follows a 4-step process:
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To get rid of a spider nest, you must spray it with bleach, water, or pesticide to kill the spiders or egg sacs. With a feather duster or broom, tear down their webs. Vacuuming them up or spraying them with a hose also works. Keeping corners, closets, basements, and other out-of-the-way places clean will discourage spiders from building webs and making nests.
Here is what to do to keep spiders out of your house:
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