When seasons change, many homeowners find themselves wondering how to get rid of spiders in the home. It’s not so much that spiders suddenly move indoors — in fact, some scientists claim you are always within three feet of a spider — but we’re more likely to discover their webs as we go about Spring cleaning (or Fall cleaning, if you’re the type to procrastinate).
How To Get Rid Of Spiders
- Eliminate clutter: Like cockroaches and mice, spiders love clutter. Some common spider-attracting areas:
- Stacks of storage boxes
- Piles of newspapers and old magazines
- Under-bed storage
- Crowded under-sink storage
- Clean often and well: 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.
- Vacuum behind and beneath sofas, chairs, and nightstands
- Use an extension pole to clean ceilings, light fixtures and corners
- Clean your bookshelves
- Use your vacuum’s hose attachment to clean air ducts and registers
- Keep them from coming indoors: In addition to making sure your windows and doors seal properly, look for other ways spiders can get into your home:
- Inspect your home’s foundations and walls and caulk or otherwise seal problem areas.
- Don’t stack firewood along your home’s foundation. Keep shrubs and trees from touching your exterior walls, and trim or mow grasses regularly.
- Be sure to close your chimney flue when the fireplace is not in use. Not only will this help deter spiders, it will help control your utility costs, too.
- Spiders and other pests are often brought into our homes via paper grocery bags. Use (and wash!) cloth grocery bags and hang them between uses rather than leaving them in a pile on the floor.
- Wash your bananas (and other produce). Seriously. You only need to see a deadly banana spider’s egg sac on your produce once before this step will become habit.
- Use natural deterrents: Many of the same methods for controlling cockroaches or ants will deter spiders, too.
- Place glue traps in areas where you often find spiders, like behind the water heater and under utility sinks.
- Spiders don’t like peppermint oil or vinegar, so use a combination of the two against them. Spray windowsills and entryways with a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 1/2 cups water, and 20 drops of peppermint essential oil. (Eucalyptus oil purportedly works, too, but I find peppermint a more pleasant scent.)
- If all else fails… Particularly bad infestations, such as those found in older homes, may require a professional exterminator. These days, many such services offer non- or lower-toxic solutions, so be sure to ask. Once the infestation is under control, the above methods can prevent future problems.
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