Getting a lot of spiders in your home? Find out what’s attracting them and how to get rid of spiders naturally. Then use a homemade spider spray to keep them away for good.
Why Am I Suddenly Seeing More Spiders?
People often see more spiders indoors as winter turns to spring or summer turns to fall. It’s not that spiders are suddenly moving inside, though. In fact, some scientists claim you are always within three feet of a spider. Instead, the reason you see more spiders is usually that you’re bothering them.
Things like cleaning, entertaining, rearranging furniture or decor — all are activities that disturb spiders’ hiding places, sending them scurrying for new ones. That’s why you’ll often notice them when you do Spring or Fall cleaning or decorate for the holidays.
What is the Best Way to Get Rid of Spiders?
If spiders scare you, or you find them creepy, there are things you can do to keep them out of your home.
First, you’ll want to follow the steps below to get rid of spiders already in your house. Then, use the homemade spider repellent spray and other methods to naturally keep spiders out of your home for good.
How To Get Rid of Spiders in Your House
The most important thing to know is that getting rid of spiders is a process. You’ve first got to remove places where they can hide. Then, get rid of any spiders or cobwebs you see. Once that’s done, you keep them from coming back using the homemade Spider Repellent Spray below.
Don’t Skip Steps
Skipping one of these steps only gets rid of the spiders you can see. Say you sweep cobwebs, for instance, but you don’t remove the clutter where spiders like to hide. You’ll see fewer spiders for a while, but eventually, they’ll come out of hiding — probably just as you’re going to bed.
1. Check These Places for Spider Infestations
Spiders don’t like attention. They’ll scurry away when they hear you coming, hiding in places they’re unlikely to be disturbed. The less often or thoroughly you clean your home, the more places there are that spiders will like.
Some common places where spiders may hide and breed in your home include:
- 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
If you find an infestation, clean the area immediately to remove the cobwebs, spiders, and any egg sacs. Put glue traps down to catch spiders in difficult to reach areas. (I’ve used these in my basement behind heavy equipment.)
2. Keep Your Home Clean to Prevent New Infestations
Regular cleaning gets rid of cobwebs, and lets spiders know they’re not welcome. Occasionally vacuuming the center of the room and dusting tabletops isn’t enough.
Follow a regular weekly cleaning routine to keep spiders from building webs in your home. This includes removing clutter from the floor, vacuuming wall to wall, and moving items on countertops to clean behind them. (Not sure if you’re cleaning thoroughly enough? Grab a free Printable House Cleaning Checklist.)
Once a month, dust ceilings and light fixtures, and move smaller furniture so you can dust and vacuum behind it. You should also clean beneath your bed at least once a month, including anything you store down there. Remove vent covers on floor registers and dust them monthly, too
3. Inspect and Clean These Areas Seasonally
Some spiders prefer damp, dark areas like basements and seldom-used closets. Others like warm, dry places like attics and the spot behind the curtains you rarely open. The one thing that all spiders want in a breeding ground is a place where they won’t be disturbed, but where there’s a convenient supply of food — like other bugs.
- Clean your fireplace and fire accessories. Open and close your chimney’s flue to dislodge any cobwebs that have accumulated. Then sweep or vacuum everything, including ceramic gas fireplace logs and screens.
- Inspect your attic for leaks and cobwebs. Clean cobwebs, dust storage boxes, and sweep the attic floor while you’re up there. Make sure that anything you store in your attic is in a sealed box or container. This makes it easier to clean the contents of your attic and also helps prevent other pests too.
- Inspect the basement for leaks and cracks in the wall. Fix any that you find. Sweep the ceiling and walls, dust storage boxes, and sweep the floor. Clean utility closets and spaces near your water heater and furnace, too.
- 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. If you’ve got to store things in your garage, try to keep them away from doors and walls leading into your home. Also, make a practice of opening your garage door for several minutes every day to discourage pests and circulate air.
How to Keep Spiders from Entering Your Home
Once you get rid of the spiders that are already in your home, you’ll want to keep from attracting more. To do that, follow the steps below and use the homemade spider repellant spray as needed.
1. Don’t Attract Spiders to Your Home
Good lawn care routines and keeping your yard picked up are two of the best ways to avoid attracting spiders to your home. The good news is that these steps also deter other household pests like mice, so it’s time well-spent.
Don’t create shelter for spiders against your home’s walls. Keep your shrubs and trees trimmed at least 12″ from the side of your home. Mow your lawn regularly. And don’t stack firewood, toys, or other items against your home’s foundation.
Switch to yellow bug lights for outdoor lighting near doors and windows. Regular lights attract bugs, and wherever there are lots of bugs, you’ll find spiders eager to eat them. Bug lights don’t attract insects, so they don’t lure spiders, either. (I use these on our deck and back patio.)
Find and fix gaps. Look where cables, pipes, and exhaust fans enter your home and caulk any gaps you find. Make sure your windows and doors seal properly. Use weatherstripping where needed. Inspect your home’s foundations and walls for cracks, then caulk or seal problem areas.
Close your chimney flue when you’re not using your fireplace. You’ll keep spiders from crawling inside your home, along with other unwanted pests like mice or even birds and bats.
Banish the dark. Spiders prefer dark areas, so opening your curtains every morning is one of the easiest ways to make your home unattractive to them. For windowless basements or rooms, use timers to turn on LED daylight bulbs for a few minutes several times each day. You’ll see a big reduction in spiders if there’s nowhere dark for them to hide.
Catch and release — or not. If you don’t want to kill spiders, you can always catch and release them outdoors. An easy way to do this uses a sheet of paper rolled like a funnel with the small end folded over. Scoop the spider into the funnel, then carefully (but quickly) carry it outdoors to let it go. Or you can always use a more lethal option and vacuum them up.
Apply barriers that keep spiders away. The homemade spider repellant spray below is one barrier method of keeping spiders out of your home. You can also use diatomaceous earth (DE), a nontoxic powder that tears up insect and arachnid skeletons and kills them through dehydration. Sprinkle DE around your home’s exterior walls and reapply it monthly or more often during the rainy season.
2. Use a DIY Spider Spray
This homemade spider spray relies on smells that spiders can’t stand to keep them from entering your home. Apply it near your home’s entrances, including beneath windows. You can also spray it on doormats. Since it’s nontoxic, you can use this DIY spider repellant indoors, too. So, if you have a child who’s afraid of spiders, you can spritz it around their room and beneath their bed nightly. (Tell them it’s effective against monsters as well if you like.)
All-Natural Homemade Spider Spray
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- Combine all the ingredients in a small spray bottle. Shake well.
- Spray generously around your home’s exterior walls and entrances. You can also spray it indoors in areas where spiders like to run or hide. This includes near baseboards, beneath sinks, around windowsills and doors, and in closets.
- Reapply weekly during active infestations then as-needed.
- Store an unused natural spider repellant spray in a cool, dark place.
3. When to Call the Professionals
Really bad spider infestations, like those found in older homes where they’ve been breeding for decades in the walls, may require a professional exterminator. These days, many professional exterminators use nontoxic methods that are safe around kids and pets, so be sure to ask.
You should also call a professional exterminator if you find a large infestation of poisonous spiders. Trying to eradicate these types of spiders on your own may send them into other hiding places that are more difficult to reach or cause them to be aggressive and bite. Two to watch out for are brown recluse spiders, which are brown or tan with a violin-shaped marking behind their head, and black widow spiders, which have the famous red hourglass on their abdomens.
Then, once the spider infestation is under control, use the methods above to keep spiders out of your home naturally for good.
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