Spiders are one of the most feared creatures in our society, with up to 6% of the North American population suffering from arachnophobia, which is the fear of spiders. The image of a hairy tarantula often conjures up terrifying memories of Hollywood horror films, or the pet of that weird kid in your sixth grade class. You’ve probably even recently walked into a spider web while walking down the sidewalk. Or, more horrifyingly, this might have happened in your own home. For some, spiders are a pest like any other: an annoyance that you’d like to get rid of. For those with a major fear of spiders, seeing them in your house can make you feel like a prisoner in what should be a safe space. Luckily for you, we have the answer to your spider problem. Here is a list of 9 ways of how to get rid of spiders.
1. Clean your house.
The main food source for spiders is small insects. Bugs are often attracted to crumbs and other various pieces of food that might be lying around, especially in places you rarely clean, like under the couch. Set aside some time to clean all of the areas of your house. Lemon Pledge is especially effective, as spiders hate the taste. Chances are your place probably needs a good cleaning anyways!
2. Remove clutter.
You might not be a hoarder, but all of that furniture and junk you’ve been storing in your basement? It’s basically a jungle gym for spiders! Damp, dusty, and dark areas like basements tend to be the ideal location for a spider to spin its web. The more items you have lying around, the easier it is for spiders to create a comfortable environment, and the more difficult it is for you to find them!
Just like cleaning your house, it is never a bad idea to organize your clutter, either.
3. Properly seal the entrances.
Spiders can find their way into your home through cracks in improperly sealed windows or any other entry point. Resealing all of your main entrances, including doors, will not only help keep spiders out, but save you on your energy bill.
Also make sure that you patch any other holes leading into your house, including damaged roof shingles and gaps in your siding. Spiders can fit into very small spaces, and once they lay eggs, no other solution will prevent them from continuously terrorizing you!
4. Clean outside.
You’ve cleaned your house, removed clutter indoors, and sealed the entrances. So what’s the next step? Now, you need to remove web-friendly items from outside your house! Remove any brush or tree branches within 10 feet of the side of your house or roof. If the spacing is close enough, spiders can connect their webs between these things and your house.
The closer that spiders are to your house, the more likely that they’ll eventually try to find their way in. As a bonus, this method will also improve the appearance of the exterior of your property.
5. Turn off outside lights.
Spiders themselves are not attracted to light, but most other insects are. Again, this is the spider’s main source of food. Keeping your lights off outside whenever possible will ensure that insects head over to a neighbors’ porch, taking their predators with them. If this is not an option for you, make an effort to spot spider webs in the area around your outside lights. Dispose of them immediately, and you might be able to convince these pests they should not come back.
6. Set spider traps.
You might think that spiders can walk on any sticky surface because of their web-crawling abilities. The truth is, spiders have just as much difficulty with glue traps as other insects and rodents. While the main purpose of these traps might not be for spiders, they can certainly be effective. Place your traps near areas where you know spiders are lurking in your house. If you’re lucky, more than a few will find themselves caught. At the very least, it’ll be sweet revenge for all of the times you’ve walked into their webs!
7. Get a cat.
This one might surprise you! Cats are natural predators, hunting down basically anything that is smaller than them. This includes insects!
Because spiders are mainly stationary, unlike flying insects, cats have a much easier time tracking them down and killing them. Don’t worry about the health of your cat either; most house cats don’t hunt for sustenance, and simply play with their prey before destroying it. This is why most outdoor cats bring back unwanted mammal trophies for their owners. In your case, cats are a perfect way to get rid of spiders. Most importantly, you can help out a local shelter by adopting a pet!
8. Make a spider stick.
You’re probably terrified of spiders right? Is your arachnophobia keeping you awake at night, thinking about where the spiders might be? Well, sometimes you just have to buck up and kill them yourself! If the old tissue method is too close and personal for you, find an object with a long handle to give yourself some distance.
Another easy method is to invest in a hand-held vacuum cleaner. You can get rid of the spiders and their webs all at once.
9. Call an exterminator.
Maybe you’ve tried everything or are too terrified to get rid of a really bad spider infestation on your own. Now is the time to call in the professionals. Most exterminators don’t specialise in spider removal, but they will certainly take care of your problem for you. This method is probably too expensive for removing solitary spiders; call a friend or relative if you’re having issues with one or two spiders. For larger infestations, it’s probably safest to let the experts handle it.
When dealing with spiders, the most important thing to remember is that they’re smaller than you, and rarely harm humans. Remember that old statistic that the average person swallows eight spiders per year in their sleep? Well it was actually a myth created to try and prove that people will believe any “fact” that they read. The truth is, spiders are far less concerned about your business than you are with theirs. But if spiders are making you feel uncomfortable in your own home, there are plenty of ideas on how to get rid of them. Remember, these methods work best when used together. Try them out, and your house will be spider free in no time!