Spiders are not always the most popular of house guests. They are creepy, crawly and ugly. Many people are terrified of spiders and rightfully so; after all, they can cause painful bites which, in some cases, could be fatal. Certain kinds of spiders like the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse are extremely dangerous and their bites can cause serious reactions. In fact, most spider bites are dangerous and lead to symptoms like swelling, pain, and redness. That is why it is important to get rid of spiders before they can cause serious harm to you or your kids. Thankfully, there are some common things which attract spiders and removing them can help you prevent and get rid of spiders from your home and garden. Let us take a look at some easy ways to deal with this problem indoors and outdoors.
1. Get rid of household bugs
Spiders feast on household bugs like roaches, earwigs, flies, gnats, moths, ants, and aphids. So getting rid of these household bugs is the key step in eliminating spiders from the home and garden. Some spiders also eat plants and human food like fruits but it is not possible to keep these food sources away. You can keep fruits covered and avoid leaving rotting fruit on countertops. This would only attract gnats and fruit flies which are attractive to spiders. To get rid of household bugs, spray bug spray or natural peppermint spray all over the furniture, window panes, countertops, etc to repel bugs and, subsequently, spiders.
2. Store food and other items in airtight containers
Spiders come to eat bugs which feed on your food grains. Store your food grains in airtight containers with lids to deter bugs. Avoid leaving food outside on counters. Clean and wipe down your cooking surfaces each night. You can use white vinegar and lemon essential oil to wipe down, disinfect and deodorize your sinks, counters and dining areas or kitchen islands. This homemade spider spray can repel spiders as well as other household bugs.
3. De-clutter and clean your home
Spiders love clutter and mess as it provides them with hiding places and areas to spin their webs and build comfortable nests. So one of the first steps in getting rid of spiders in the garage and home, you must eliminate the clutter. Throw away stuff you no longer use. Organize your old belongings in sealed boxes. Sweep or vacuum the attic or garage at least once a month to reduce dust and debris. This is an important step to get rid of spiders without using chemicals.
4. Use sticky traps
Sticky traps are very effective in getting rid of roaches, ants, spiders and other kinds of household bugs. Place the trap with baits (you can use food like peanut butter or fruit) in areas where you have seen spiders frequently. This includes dark spaces under the furniture, overhead shelves, and cabinets where you store trash cans, etc. Place the trap and leave it for a few days. Insects crawl inside the trap to access the bait and get stuck to the sticky areas. They die off shortly without food. Apart from spiders, sticky traps can help trap flies, gnats, fruit flies, ants, roaches and even bed bugs. Sticky traps are readily available everywhere and they do not cost too much. However, you need to use them from time to time to keep your home bug-free.
5. Peppermint castile soap
Peppermint castile soap is a great remedy to repel bugs like spiders. This home remedy also repels mice and rodents. In a spray bottle, add 8 cups of water, one tablespoon of peppermint castile soap and half a teaspoon of chili pepper powder. Spray this mixture all over the house where you see spiders. The strong scent of peppermint will repel the bugs and keep spiders away without the use of chemicals.
6. Sweep and vacuum often
Sweeping the ceilings, floors, patios, decks, floors, and walls is the simplest way to remove spider nests and keep them from coming back. Regular cleaning of areas especially where walls and ceilings meet can also discourage web building. If you use a vacuum attachment to remove the webs, make sure you empty the bag outside your home to deter the bugs from climbing out.
7. Get rid of spider eggs
Crush spider eggs and egg sacks to stop a potential passel of spiders from hatching. This will not get rid of all spiders but it can reduce their opportunity to multiply.
8. Use lime or lemon
Spiders hate lime or lemon scent. You can spray lime or lemon juice all over the house to deter spiders. Make a solution by boiling leftover lemon, lime and orange peels until it is reduced to half. Cool the solution completely. To this, add a few drops of lemon essential oil. Spray this natural spider spray all over your boathouse, wood sheds, benches, patios, and decks and indoors to repel spiders. You can also place dried lemon, lime or orange peels all over the house and yard to eliminate spiders and spider mites.
9. Seal cracks to deter spiders
Spiders enter your home through cracks and crevices in walls, windows, and doors. Caulk and seal all these areas and repair door and window nets as soon as you notice any damage in them.
10. Move woodpiles away from your home
Gardens, decks, and patios are breeding grounds for spiders and it does not take too long for them to enter the house from here. As far as possible, clear away debris, old rusted toys, woodpiles, and other backyard junk. If you have a woodpile, move it away from the house. Eliminate vegetation within 8 feet of your house. While this won’t stop spiders, it will definitely reduce their opportunity to get indoors and multiply.
This is a trick that will instantly kill spiders within the house. The chemicals in hairspray smother spiders and instantly kill them. So if you notice a spider, liberally spray some hairspray on it to quickly take care of it.
12. Rubbing alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol is also one of the most efficient household products to kill spiders. Spray a liberal amount of it on the spiders and get rid of them instantly.
Febreze® or any volatile airborne toxin will kill spiders provided you spray a liberal amount on it. Very large spiders may not be affected by Febreze and this home remedy usually works on smaller spider species.
14. Mint tea bags
To eliminate mice and spiders, buy double mint tea bags and prepare the tea. Place the wet tea bags behind your sofas, bed headboards, box springs, shelves, cabinets, window sills, etc and you won’t see any of these creatures in your house again!
15. Essential oils and vinegar
Several essential oils are very useful in eliminating spiders from the garage, attic, Lake House or even the garden areas. The best oils for this job are peppermint, spearmint, lemongrass, tea tree, lavender, lemon, cedarwood, rosemary, thyme, and eucalyptus. You can prepare a spray of white vinegar and 20-30 drops of any or all of these essential oils. Spray the blend all over the house focusing on areas where the walls meet the ceilings, behind the curtain rods, around window sills, over the shelves, behind doors, etc. Spray the blend week for best results. You can also soak cotton wool in these concentrated oils and place them all over the house to deter spiders.
16. Commercial bug sprays
One of the best household bug-sprays to get rid of spiders and other household bugs in summers is Ortho Home Defense. This product comes in different sizes like a gallon or a pack of 6×12 oz bottles. You can spray it all around the perimeter of your house, indoors as well as outdoors around the deck, patio, windows, and fence. User reviews state that this bug spray can keep your property pest-free for nearly 2 weeks. Re-treat all areas after 2 weeks depending on the climate and your location.
17. Diatomaceous earth
You can use several other home remedies to get rid of spiders from indoors and outdoors and these do not involve harmful chemicals. One such home remedy is diatomaceous earth powder. Liberally sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of your house. Diatomaceous earth is comprised of a sharp crystalline structure that shreds the insect’s skin from inside out. The powder dehydrates the spider’s body as well. The best part is that this is a completely safe remedy for humans. However, you must not use diatomaceous powder around pregnant women, babies or pets since it could irritate their lungs.
18. Use yellow sodium vapor lights outside
Sodium vapor lights repel all kinds of bugs which are food for spiders. You can use these lights around your yard and on your patio or deck to keep moths, flies, gnats, mosquitoes, chiggers, and spiders away.
19. Trap and release
If you do not want to kill the spider and want to humanely get rid of it, you could trap it in a box or a container and release it far away from your home.
20. Plant special bug repellent herbs
You can plant certain bug repellent herbs like mint, citronella, lemongrass, holy basil, lavender, spearmint, catnip, etc in your yard and kitchen garden. The volatile oils in these herbs repel all kinds of bugs including spiders.