How To Get Rid Of Spiders: Removal Tricks And Prevention Tips
Miranda Crace9-Minute Read
May 10, 2021
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Let’s face it: most of us don’t enjoy finding spiders in our homes. There are many types of house spiders homeowners can encounter depending on where you live – some are merely a creepy nuisance, but others can present an active threat to your safety.
Regardless, it’s wise to remove spiders when you find them and take precautions to prevent more from making themselves at home in your living space.
How Do Spiders Get Into Your House?
It’s impossible to prevent every single spider from entering your home, but there are certain areas where they might have an easier time getting inside. Here are a few of the most common access points for spiders around your property.
Cracks In The Foundation
Foundation cracks can present a number of issues when it comes to the structural integrity of your home, but they can also be an easy way for spiders to gain entrance into your living space. If you discover that your foundation is cracked while inspecting your property, you might also need to inspect your home’s interior for arachnid inhabitants.
Gaps In Windows And Doorways
If your home has a drafty window or an exterior door with a slightly-too-big space between it and the floor, there’s a good chance spiders will use those gaps to get inside. Check all of the doors and windows leading in and out of your house, and if you find noticeable spaces even when they’re fully closed, it’s probable that you’ll occasionally find more spiders around.
Openings In Vents
If your vents don’t have protective screens covering their openings, it’s possible that spiders will use them to move throughout your home. Adding these screens and making sure the holes in them are miniscule can reduce the numbers of spiders gaining entrance into your home through the vents, but until then, your vents are likely to be a go-to access point for spiders and other pests.
Where Do Spiders Hide In Your House?
Aside from the occasional eight-legged camper in the corner of your bedroom ceiling, spiders tend to seek out hiding places a little further away from human activity and noise. Let’s take a look at two types of places in your home where spiders are most often discovered:
Spiders thrive in places that are cool, moist and dark. This is why they’re commonly found in basements, especially if the space is unfinished or infrequently cleaned. However, darker corners in your bedroom, bathroom, living room, or anywhere else dust bunnies can collect are also fair game.
Piles Of Clutter
If there are areas in your home where there are undisturbed stacks of old magazines or newspapers, long-forgotten piles of dirty laundry, dead leaves near a doorway, or other small clusters of clutter, there’s a chance that they’ve become home to a spider or two.
If it’s been a while since you’ve decluttered or given your home a deep clean, you might need to be prepared to see a few Borises and Charlottes along the way.
How To Get Rid Of Spiders In The House
If you’ve noticed more than a few spiders around your home lately, it might be time to take measures to fully eradicate them. Consider trying out some of the following tricks:
Apply Nontoxic Pesticides Around Your Living Space
To protect your kids and pets, seek out a nontoxic pesticide specifically geared toward spiders and spray it around any potential hiding spots in your home. You may have to do this more than once in order to get rid of the spiders entirely, but when these treatments are successful, it’s unlikely you’ll see spiders in those areas of your living space for a while afterwards.
Set Spider Traps
Another effective method of getting rid of spiders is by setting out traps like glue boards in risk areas around your home. Once you’ve noticed one or more spiders inside the traps, discard them in a garbage can outside and replace them as needed.
Destroy Egg Sacs
The key to preventing a full-on spider infestation in your home is to locate and destroy any egg sacs that have been laid. Spider egg sacs can range from white to brown, and they often appear to be encased in a silky web adhering them to the area where they’ve been laid.
While you probably shouldn’t smash them at the risk of releasing a small cloud of baby spiders into your home, vacuuming up the sacs and webs or spraying pesticide directly onto them should do the trick.
How To Get Rid Of Spiders Naturally
If you’re uncomfortable with using potentially hazardous chemical substances to get rid of the spiders in your home, there are a few natural methods to consider beyond letting your pet eat the ones found at ground level:
Catch And Release With Jars
If you feel guilty about killing the spiders you find in your home, the simplest way to remove them from your living space is to catch them in a jar or tupperware container, take the receptacle outside of your home, and empty it at the edge of your lawn. This takes a little bit of bravery and patience, but if it provides you with more peace of mind while still ridding your home of spiders, it can be a worthwhile method to try.
Essential oils – particularly peppermint and eucalyptus – are thought to be helpful in eradicating spiders. Pour some onto cotton balls and swab potential hiding places, or mix them in a spray bottle with water and a little bit of dish soap and spray areas of your home where you think there’s greater risk of infestation.
White Vinegar And Water
Like essential oils, solutions made up of a mixture of white vinegar and water that are swabbed or sprayed around your home also tend to be another useful deterrent substance for spiders. The acid in the vinegar burns the spider on contact, so this is typically a powerful method when used consistently.
How To Prevent Future Spider Infestations
Once you think you’ve gotten rid of the majority of the spiders that are currently residing in your home, it’s time to get to work at keeping them out. Let’s talk through some of the most effective methods of preventing more spiders from making a home for themselves in your living space:
Make Sure Your Home Is Properly Sealed
The first step in preventing future infestations is to block spiders from entering your home in as many ways as possible. If you’ve discovered any cracks or gaps in the foundation, walls, windows or doors of your home, make sure they’re promptly sealed to prevent any pests from continuing to come through. Add screens to your vents and windows if necessary, and add caulk around any cables or pipes running through your home from the outside.
Regularly Clean And Vacuum
The cleaner your home, the less ideal a habitat it becomes for spiders, so make an effort to stay on top of your household chores. Sweep, vacuum and dust on a consistent basis, clear away any spider webs that appear, take out your trash as needed, and don’t allow too much clutter to pile up.
Making sure crumbs and rotting bits of food are regularly cleaned up around your home is especially important in your infestation prevention efforts. By doing so, you’ll ultimately be less likely to attract ants and fruit flies, which in turn means fewer spiders will remain in your home in search of other insects to prey upon.
Periodically Check Your Home’s Perimeter
Overgrown shrubs, stacks of wood, collections of tools, and old junk piles propped up against your home’s exterior are all things that can provide easier access for spiders into your living space. Every so often, assess the perimeter of your property to make sure there isn’t too much stuff coming into direct contact with the side of your house, and move any objects or plant life further away from your home whenever necessary.
Additionally, consider switching off your front and back porch lights whenever you don’t need them turned on at night. The unnatural light source in the dark can attract spiders and their prey toward your house, and keeping the lights off will potentially make seeking entrance into your living space a little less appealing for them.
The Bottom Line
To keep spiders out of your home on a more consistent basis, it’s important to address the areas of your home where they’re mostly likely to gain entrance and where they’re most likely to nest. If you take the necessary precautions and carefully monitor the areas of your home where spiders commonly reside, it will be much easier for you to keep your home as spider-free as possible on a more consistent basis.
Interested in learning more about protecting your home from pests? Check out additional Homeowner Tips on the Rocket Homes® blog!
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