How to Get Rid of Spiders

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Some spiders are dangerous to people. Poisonous spiders such as the black widow and brown recluse spiders can even be deadly. If you notice a sudden infestation of spiders in your home, get rid of them. Be proactive. Take a few simple actions and keep spiders out of your house for good.

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  • Vacuum
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Mint oil
  • Lemon oil

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    Turn off the porch light. When you leave the porch light on, insects gather on the porch. Spiders follow the insects and end up at the front door. Eliminate the spiders' food source by not attracting bugs in the first place.

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    Reduce clutter. Spiders find refuge in warm piles of clothing. Keep clothes neatly hung in the closet and keep the floor as clutter free as possible.

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    Keep food tightly sealed. Try not to attract other pests such as roaches and ants. These insects attract more spiders. Sweep the kitchen floor every night to remove any food waste found there.

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    Seal any cracks in the house. Carefully examine the house for tiny cracks that spiders can slip through. Caulk the cracks to seal them and prevent spiders from entering. Look closely at windows and doors to ensure they are also adequately sealed.

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    Eliminate egg sacs. If you find a spider, search the area for egg sacs. One spider can mean many more in just a few weeks time. Look for small, whitish sacs that resemble cocoons. Remove them with a vacuum when you find them.

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    Use natural repellents. Eucalyptus, mint oil and lemon scents repel spiders. Apply the oils to areas where you typically see spiders.

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