Helpful Tips to Get Rid of Spiders

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You wake up with an itchy bite, and you can’t help but feel creeped out knowing that while you were sleeping, an 8-legged arachnid crawled across your body and took a bite of you. Knowing there are spiders in your house is enough to make anyone feel nervous and uncomfortable. Whether you see the spiders, spot their webs, or find the telltale itchy bumps on your body, evidence of spiders is the last thing you want to find in your home. Learn how to get rid of spiders with these helpful spider deterrent tips.

Keep Your Home Clean

Spiders spin their webs in out-of-reach places. They especially like to find areas that are rarely visited by humans, and the darker, the better. Regularly dust and vacuum your home, including the garage, basement, and that one craft corner where everything piles up. Just getting rid of clutter is a great spider deterrent. Make sure you’re vacuuming corners on the floor and the ceiling as well. When you see cobwebs, both inside and outside your house, knock them down immediately and clean the surrounding areas. Spiders will get the message that they aren’t welcomed in those places and will move on to friendlier environments.

Don’t Feed Spiders

Spiders hang around when there is a food source, namely, smaller insects. If you continue to see spiders, you may also have an insect problem. Take measures to prevent insects from taking up cozy residence in your home with these suggestions:

  • Vacuum and dust more often
  • Clean overlooked areas, like your curtains, behind your couches, behind appliances, and more
  • Take your trash out daily
  • Don’t leave food trash inside your home

Keep Spiders Out

The best spider control is to prevent spiders from ever entering your home in the first place. Seal gaps and cracks in your walls. Repair rips and tears in your screens, and make sure your screens fit tightly. Use weather-stripping on your windows and door sweeps on your doors. And make sure you don’t bring any spiders inside your home when you bring in outside tools, toys, firewood, and other items. In addition, don’t stack firewood next to your home.

Exterior Lighting For Spider Control

If your exterior lighting is attracting insects, the insects will certainly be attracting spiders. And if you have lights on outside your garage every night, spiders are likely making their way into your garage. To get rid of spiders, mount your exterior lights away from your house, or install motion sensors. In addition, you can install yellow or sodium vapor light bulbs outdoors. These attract fewer insects.

Use Natural Remedies as Spider Deterrents

You may have items in your pantry that will could as spider deterrents.

White Vinegar

Mix white vinegar with water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution in areas that seem to attract spiders – corners and crevices – and you will likely see fewer spiders.

Citrus Fruit Peels

If you have a spider infestation, take citrus fruit peels and rub them on the affected areas. This may not be a good idea for all furniture, so use caution.

Chestnuts

Spiders don’t like chestnuts, so if you want to get rid of spiders, leave some on your windowsills and along your baseboards. Chestnuts don’t rot quickly, so you can leave them for a while.

Mint Tea

For a fresh house smell as well as effective spider control, leave mint tea bags in the areas where you frequently see spiders.

Call a Pest Control Company to Get Rid of Spiders

If you have spiders in your home, you likely have other insects crawling around in places you can’t see. Hiring a pest control company is the surest way to eliminate your spider and insect problem. Spott Pest Prevention goes beyond just eliminating your current pest problem. Spott can identify and remedy the reasons for spiders in your home for the most effective spider control. Give Spott a call at (512) 402-7121, or request a free quote online.

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2 responses to “Helpful Tips to Get Rid of Spiders”

  1. Adam Smith says:

    Thanks for the share! Keeping your home clean is really important, like you mentioned above, but I’ve found that keeping the garage clean is even more important. Chestnuts work wonders to get rid of them too

  2. Thanks for the tips for dealing with spiders. My wife and I have come across quite a few spiders in our home recently, and we want to do what we can to get rid of them. Thanks for mentioning that leaving chestnuts on your windowsill can keep spiders out. We will give this a try!

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