How to Get Rid of Spiders
Spiders generally don’t do damage to a home and can even help prevent the number of other insects, but spiders are one of those creatures that many people naturally fear or just don’t particularly like. Children especially might scream when they see one. Many spiders are harmless but some do poses bites that are venomous to humans and can either cause irritation, infections or worse, especially for the frail, elderly or those that might have weakened immunities. So what can we do?
Why do Spiders come Inside
Generally they don’t. It is estimated that only around 5% of house spiders have ever been outside. They are quite good at hiding themselves away so it is likely you have spiders in your home you do not know exist.
1. Remove their food source
Spiders like to eat other insects, so by keeping those at bay there will be less to interest spiders. Keep your house nice and clean and when you vacuum be sure to hit all those hard to hit nooks and crannies – keep a keen eye open for cobwebs! Place cereals and the likes out of cardboard storage and into plastic containers. Try not to keep lights on (especially outdoor lights) when you do not need them – spiders aren’t attracted to light but a lot of their food source is.
2. Get a Cat
I’m sure we have all seen videos of cats toying with spiders before eating them (gross!), Cats are attracted to the movements of spiders and will pounce whenever they see one.
Citrus – Spiders are known to be none to fond of citrus scents. Try rubbing a cut lemon along skirting boards or edges when you suspect a spider (or spiders) may be lurking.
Peppermint – Also a known natural repellent for spiders and other creep crawlies. Apply as you would the citrus solution and re-apply every week until you have no issues. The repellent can be sourced here.
Chemical Repellents – Sometimes you need something a little stronger and a chemical repellent may be required. As with citrus/peppermint, treat the suspected areas with the repellent. It will also be worth targeting possible entry ways to the household. If you have small children be mindful of how you apply this option. A repellent can be sourced here.
Electronic repellents – Transmitting frequencies we cannot hear but spiders and other insects do not like you can install electronic repellents in wall sockets throughout your home. They can be sourced here.
4. Spider Traps
Placing spider traps around your home might be a good idea, even on your porch. The spiders will be attracted to an aroma that pets and humans aren’t. The traps will need removing an replacing every so often which is a nice simple task. This method will not eradicate your problem but it can definitely reduce numbers. Traps can be purchased here.
5. Glass Cup
I’m sure many of us have done this before. We spot a spider and get a glass cup and a bit of cardboard to trap the spider. Once caught we place the spider outside. However, the spider will likely seek to get back in so make sure you put your repellents out in sensible locations.
6. Seal up the Cracks
For spiders waning to gain / regain entry into your home they will do so through small cracks or openings you might not notice. Be sure to go around the outside of your property and seal up any cracks or holes that might be a perfect entry point for bugs.
Inevitably there is only so much you can do but at least these 6 points should help you feel a little bit more secure.
What if I go Camping?
If you ‘enjoy camping’ (link) but don’t like the thought of spiders crawling over you whilst sleeping, the simplest, low cost solution is to simply ensure that you keep your tent sealed up tightly, this should ensure they can’t get in. For more info on camping check out this link