Spiders can be beneficial around the home by eating other pesky and disease-carrying insects like mosquitoes, moths and roaches. However, that doesn’t mean you want them roaming around inside your house. While most spiders you find in your house are harmless, many people still don’t feel at ease with spiders in their home. You may come across certain species of spiders, namely black widows and brown recluses, that can be dangerous to humans. Luckily, there are many ways to eliminate spiders in your home, including natural remedies and help from experts.
Keep Your House Clean
Similar to other insects, one of the easiest ways to get spiders out of your home and keep them away is by regularly cleaning. Vacuum up any spider webs or egg sacs you see, and if you can’t reach a spot with a vacuum, use a broom. You also don’t want to give spiders any places to hide, so tidy up clutter, shake out shoes you don’t wear often, keep food securely closed and swap out cardboard boxes with well-sealed plastic ones.
Fortify the Outside of Your Home
With the inside of your home cleaned, it’s time to tackle the outside. If you want to get rid of spiders, you need to stop them from entering in the first place. Make sure you keep their favorite hiding places away from windows, doors and walls. This includes plants, woodpiles, rocks, compost piles and outdoor clutter. You also want to clean any cobwebs you find outside your windows and doors.
Check for any cracks or holes that could let spiders into your home. Pay special attention to areas around utility boxes and screens. Using caulk or sealant, fill in these crevices. Also check that your screens are secure and don’t have any holes. For extra protection, you can place mesh over other entry points like chimneys and vents.
Natural Spider Repellents
If you’re someone who wants to know how to get rid of spiders naturally, there are plenty of things you likely already have around your house that can be used. For instance, spiders hate citrus. Use lemon-scented cleaners throughout your home and rub citrus peels on shelving, doorways and windowsills to deter spiders.
Spiders also hate vinegar, which you probably already have in your cupboard for cleaning or cooking purposes. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray along doorways, baseboards and windows. For a more pleasant smelling solution, use a mixture of peppermint oil and water instead.
Sticky Pads and Pesticide
Take note of any problem areas in your home and place sticky pads under furniture and in corners. These pads will trap spiders, preventing them from wandering around your house and laying eggs. You can also spray spidercide outside your home in areas where spiders are coming in from. Always be careful when handling chemicals by yourself and carefully follow the instructions on the bottle.
MosquitoNix Pest Control Services
If you have persistent spider issues, it’s time to turn to the experts. MosquitoNix® offers a residential pest control service to help keep your home free of spiders and other annoying or potentially dangerous pests. With our program, you receive a thorough inspection of your home by a licensed specialist, and we will develop a pest-control strategy that best fits your unique needs. We never spray pesticides inside the home, and you can request eco-friendly services. Get started with a quote today.
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