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How to Get Rid of Spiders Naturally

Updated on June 24, 2011

How to Get Rid of Spiders Inside Your Home

First of all, know that almost all spiders are harmless (in the USA, at least). The common poisonous spiders in the USA are the black widow spider, hobo spider, and the brown recluse. Many of us suffer from a mild case of arachnophobia anyway. If you still want to know how to get rid of spiders, here are some tips.

The most effective and safest way for humans to start to get rid of spiders in the house is to drag out the vacuum cleaner. Vacuum everywhere, including under furniture and all nooks and crannies that you can reach. This will not only get rid of spiders, but also most of their spider webs and eggs. Don't do this just once. Keep vacuuming regularly, at least once a week. Be diligent especially in areas where you see lots of cobwebs or spiders.

Avoid clutter around your house, both inside and out. Spiders love hiding places. If you keep the areas around your home and inside free of clutter, it leaves less places for spiders to hide.

Make sure all openings to your home are sealed. Otherwise, no matter how much vacuuming you do, the arachnids are just going to keep coming back. This includes doorways, concrete foundations, and where pipes enter the home. Use caulking or expandable foam to seal the holes and help get rid of spiders once and for all.

Essential Oils to Help Get Rid of Spiders

How to Get Rid of Spiders With Natural Repellents

There are certain natural repellents to help get rid of spiders. Spiders don't like the scents of peppermint, eucalyptus, or lemon essential oil.

Try dabbing some of these essential oils onto cotton balls. Place the cotton balls into nooks and crannies and wherever you see spiders often.

Others swear by the use of hedge apples to get rid of spiders.

Some people report success with these natural remedies, others say they're not effective at getting rid of spiders. But it's worth a try if you really want to get rid of spiders and other methods haven't worked.

Outdoor Tips to Get Rid of Spiders

Keep wood piles away from the house. Spiders love to make stacks of firewood home. Then you carry them right into your own house. Also, don't let shrubs or tree branches grow too close to the house. Keep them neatly trimmed away from your home.

Install outdoor lighting that doesn't make your bug problem worse. Look for sodium lamps to keep from attracting bugs. Because those bugs attract spiders who like to eat them. Also use other precautions to keep bugs from entering your home and the areas around your home. This includes keeping trash cans tightly sealed both inside and out, keeping floors inside and areas around the entries of the house swept and free of debris, and storing all food in containers that bugs can't invade. Less bugs around your house means less food for spiders, which means less spiders.

As mentioned before, most all spiders are non-poisonous and no threat to humans. Spiders are even beneficial because they eat other unwanted bugs in your home and around your property. But if you suspect that you may have dangerous spiders in your home or you just hate spiders, then you should be able to get rid of spiders with these safe methods.

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      suziecat7 8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Eucalyptus works like a charm. The spiders hate the smell and I love it. Nice Hub.