- 1 How to Get Rid of Spiders around the House
- 2 5 Effective Tips for Spider Control around the House
- 3 Professional Spider Pest Control
- 4 Best Spider Repellents
- 5 Fix the Basics – What to do First for Effective Spider Control
How to Get Rid of Spiders around the House
5 Effective Tips for Spider Control around the House
- Know Your Enemy – Begin by identifying what type or types of spiders you are dealing with. Understanding where spiders live, what spiders eat, and how dangerous they are (black widow) will help you figure out how to kill these spiders. The more you know the more effective the treatments you choose to control them will be.
- Consistency is Key – Any method you use will only be effective for a period of time, so you have eliminate spiders consistently. Treatments you use outside against spiders tend to dissipate more quickly. Once the effects wear off, you risk of another infestation. Repeat treatments as needed, and regularly use other methods to reduce their population.
- Get Rid of Spider Food – No creature is going to stay somewhere without food. Spiders eat bugs and other pests, so you will want to focus on treatments that are effective against other insects as well. This eliminates their food source, which should kill them off or make them leave.
- Prevent Entry – Your indoor treatments are only going to be effective if spiders do not keep coming in from outside. Take preventative measures to stop them from getting in. Properly seal doors, windows, and other entries. Take special care in garages, storage areas, and attics.
- Watch for Natural Cycles – Nature has cycles for just about everything, and this is true when it comes to these pests. Cooler temperatures like those in the fall tend to drive them indoors. Also, some years certain species are very prevalent, but will return to normal numbers the next year. During these times treatment becomes necessary.
Professional Spider Pest Control
Many spider infestations will not require professional intervention, but there are times it is essential. If you are dealing with large numbers of spider pest, a dangerous spider species (black widow spider), or your methods to eliminate spiders them have not been effective, consider calling in the professionals. A company that specializes in the control of spiders and other pests like ants is prepared to deal with complex or dangerous situations. Spiders will be able to inspect your property indoors and out and identify the best types of treatments for your situation. An expert will likely notice things you may miss and be better able to target all the areas that require treatment. This is also a good option if you do not have the time or the desire to deal with the situation yourself. Most people do not enjoy spending lots of time in crawlspaces or attics, but this is what the professionals are paid to do.
Best Spider Repellents
To control the number of spiders in your house, you can use several methods. You can choose to treat with chemical insecticides, natural options, or an oil. These options let you try to resolve the issue on your own.
Insecticide Products for Spider Control
There are two primary types of insecticides for eliminating spiders – those that you use directly on the creature and those you use to treat an area of your house.
If you have a large infestation of spiders, you may want to use both types. An insecticide spray is used directly on spiders you can see. These sprays are usually effective from a distance, making them ideal if you are not comfortable getting close. When selecting an insecticide to treat an area or entire room, look for an option that is effective against them and an array of other insects. This will help get rid of the spiders and their food source.
You can also use insecticides outdoors to prevent spiders or other insect like ants from coming indoors. Look for a version made with an oil rather than water base so it lasts longer or find one specifically made for outdoor use.
Natural Spider Repellents
Spraying chemical insecticides around or inside your house may not be an option for you, especially if you have small children or pets. Poisons like those used in insecticide can be dangerous if there is physical contact, ingestion, or inhalation. A natural spider repellent might be a better option in these situations.
Several different types of natural repellents exist, so you can choose from the options to select the repellent that works best for your space and your situation. Some outside solutions include planting bug repelling plants around your home and using a salt water spray. Plants that will make your house uninviting to these pests include garlic, cilantro, lavender, and citronella.
These plants naturally emit a scent that spiders and other bugs and ants avoid. You can also try a salt water spray. Mix water and salt in a spray bottle and use it as a pest control spray to treat hedges, porches or patios, and the perimeter of your home. The salt water dries out insects, effectively killing them. Both of these options repel them and their food sources.
Keep Spiders out of your Home with Essential Oils
Another great, natural alternative to chemical treatments are essential oils. These specially concentrated oils have long been used for pest control throughout the world. Peppermint oil is very effective for getting rid of spiders. You can also try lemon, eucalyptus, or citronella oil.
Using an oil like these produces an odor to repel insects. You can use essential oils a couple of different ways.
- Make a Spray – Mix a few drops of each type you want to use with water in a spray bottle.
Shake gently and use the mixture to treat areas where you have seen bugs and spiders or areas where you really do not want to see them.
- Diffuse – A diffuser is available almost anywhere that essential oils are sold.
Diffusers release the scent of the oil into the air over a period of time to get rid of spiders. This is effective for treating an entire room inside your home. Plus, depending on the oil you choose, it will leave a pleasant scent.
- Use a Cotton Balls – Add a few drops of your oil to each cotton ball and then place them around the rooms you need to protect from spiders.
You can use them all around the home as a natural repellent, and simply add more oil every few weeks.
Fix the Basics – What to do First for Effective Spider Control
Before you treat your space with a repellent or other methods of pest control, there are several steps you should take to make sure whichever treatment you choose will work to rid your house of spiders.
Step 1: Get Rid of Spiders’ Habitat
You want your place to be comfortable for everyone who lives there, but not for spiders. To reduce the number that comes in from outside, eliminate places where spiders can live indoors. Spiders like cardboard and clutter for homemaking, so reducing these will make your place less habitable. Instead of using cardboard boxes, consider plastic bins or cloth bags.
Step 2: Vacuum All the Time
Regular vacuuming will work wonders to tame your pest population. It helps to get rid of insects, spiders, and their eggs. This not only cleans up the ones you are seeing today, but puts a big dent in their future population. Increase your vacuuming, especially during seasons where these and other bugs are really active in the late spring through fall.
Be sure to vacuum every room, even ones that are rarely used. These tend to attract more of them than lived in areas. To make this method even more effective, routinely move furniture and vacuum underneath it as well. This sort of active cleaning also disturbs them too, making them head back outside.
Step 3: Knock Down Webs
While knocking spiderwebs down will not kill them, it does make their life difficult. Web builders use their web to catch food, so removing the webs is like putting a padlock on the refrigerator. Before you start treatment, knock down, dust away, or vacuum up any webs you see. Check every room, closet, and area.
You will often find webs in hard to reach places like behind furniture or decorations, under furniture, in corners, and near baseboards. Check regularly for webs and continue to remove them every time you see them. By upsetting spiders’ food source and forcing them to rebuild or relocate frequently, you will start to drive spiders from your home.
If you know other effective methods for spider control around your house, please add them in the comment area, thank you!