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.
How To Get Rid Of Spiders
- 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 dusting pole to clean ceilings, light fixtures, and corners.
• Once a season, clean your own air ducts.
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, 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.
• Wash your bananas (and other fruit). Seriously. You only need to see a deadly banana spider’s egg sac on your produce once before this step will become a habit.
Use natural deterrents: Many of the same methods for controlling cockroaches or getting rid of ants will deter spiders, too.
• Place spider 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 ten drops of peppermint essential oil. (Eucalyptus oil purportedly works, too, but I find peppermint a more pleasant scent.)
Call the pros if you must. Particularly bad infestations, such as those found in older homes, may require a professional exterminator. These days, many such services offer non-toxic solutions, so be sure to ask. Once the infestation is under control, the above methods can prevent future problems.
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