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How to Get Rid of Spiders in House

Spider Control

You know one of those days when you sit down to relax and read a nice book, and you get so engrossed in what you are reading that you almost don’t notice the tingling feeling on your arm? When it gets your attention, you notice a tiny, black spider crawling all the way to the wrist and you just get up screaming, throwing the book and taking some object to get it off your arm because you’d rather not touch the creepy creature.

House spiders may not be harmful as such but if they start coming in the house frequently and start building cobwebs, that’s when you should know that you can’t ignore it. Unless you feel okay with keeping spiders as pets or don’t mind having a few around the house, it would be better to undertake some action to keep them out. You may have people in the house that can’t simply go to sleep after seeing a spider, no matter how tiny it appears. So if you don’t want to go about exterminating them or calling personnel to deal with your insect problem, you could try the following easy steps to shut them out.

Cleanliness matters

You don’t just clean the house for guests and special occasions. Cleaning really works in your favor in keeping the pests out. Don’t give a reason to insects to thrive in your home. You should clean your house regularly. Use a vacuum cleaner and give special attention to corners of the wall, shelves, cabinets and other areas that are not easily accessible by hand. If there are any cobwebs on the ceiling, use a broom to clean them. Don’t just leave stuff like toys, clothes, dishes and food particles lying around. That gives enough reason to spiders to hide. Keeping Clutter down really helps keep spiders in check.

De-clutter your home.


Wash the dishes properly and always keep the dish washers clean and dry. Check the laundry for clothes and tidy them up. Clean the leftovers or crumbs on tables and kitchen counters after dinner. The kids’ rooms tend to be the dirtiest so tidy them up. That way, it will not only make you feel good but also help you keep unwanted guests – spiders and other pest – out.

Turn down the lighting

This goes especially for the outdoor lights that are close to the main entrance. If the lights are too bright, insects tend to get around them and that invites more spiders to feast on bugs. To avoid losing your way in the dark, you could try installing dim or yellow lights. Also, fix the lights at a distance from the main entrance so that it doesn’t become easy for the arachnids to get in.

Shut them out

Spiders can easily get through cracks or holes in the walls, gaps beneath doors and between windows. Search for possible small openings around the house and get them fixed. You could fix old newspapers or a piece of cloth in the holes or get them plastered. Seal the gaps beneath the doors and check the windows for possible passage of pests.

What if it’s a big one?

What happens if you happen to spot the black widow or yellow sac…?

Run as fast you can.

Okay, no. Don’t just wait for professionals to come and handle the situation.

GO for the KILL!

This is where your sprays come in handy. Don’t let the kids near the affected spots. Spray and discard. You want to prevent anyone in the house from getting bitten because that may means rushing to the emergency room. Remember that big bite that Spider-Man got?

Maintain your property  

If the environment around your house is polluted and not cleaned be ready to have a breeding ground for pests and lots of spiders who would find it appetizing to stay there and get the bugs. If you have plants outside the house, move them away from the main entrance because spiders tend to settle on walls and the hidden corners behind plants. The closer the plants are to your door, the more likely spiders would be to get in. Do not keep your doors or windows open for too long. Maintain a healthy environment for everyone. Keep your surroundings clean and green. Keep stacks of wood or other things from being stored up against the house, this will cause some protection of the area for insects to survive including spiders.

Apply a good residual insecticide around the perimeter of the house, entry points, weep holes, doors and windows.

Use glue boards inside to trap and monitor and spiders that make it inside.  Knockdown cobwebs and you can use a web eliminator.  This should really help you stay in control of any spider populations.

Spiders may help keeping the pests at bay but if they start entering the home continually, particularly the venomous ones, it would be harmful to the family. It’s better to take precaution rather than having to deal with a clutter of spiders. Also, professional help can be heavy on the pockets so prevention works better than the cure. Instead of having to laboriously deal with the clutter, start every day by taking small steps to keep the house clean, tidy and healthy, paying special attention to corners. Get a proper lighting system fixed and use insecticide, preferably when the house is empty, to prevent anything harmful from being let in.


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