How to get rid of spiders in your house

Updated April 17, 2017

Encountering an eight-legged intruder can be a hair-raising experience. Spiders are not welcome guests. Finding them in your home can be scary. If you allow them to, spiders will stake out your house and settle comfortably into their webs. Getting rid of spiders is a priority. Learn these simple techniques for ridding your home of these creeping pests.

Keep your house clean. By removing dust and dirt from your home, it will cut down on hiding places for spiders. Spiders like dark, out-of-the-way areas. Basements and attics are ideal places for spiders to live. Keeping these areas clean is an important step in ridding your home of spiders.

Control other bugs and insects in your home. Spiders are attracted to other bugs. If you have a problem with other bugs, such as ants, removing them will also cut down on spiders.

Clear away spider webs. This should become part of your household cleaning routine. Use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum spiders and their webs. You can also use a broom, but a vacuum is more effective in pulling spiders and webs out of hard-to-reach places. Because the vacuumed spiders will crawl out of the bag, you should dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag outdoors when finished.

Trap spiders in a glass jar or other sturdy container. Once the spider is contained, cover the top of the jar with a newspaper or a magazine. Bring it outside and shake the spider out of the container. Make sure you are far enough away from your house before releasing the spider. You do not want it to crawl back into your house.

Buy a fly swatter. If you are too afraid to get close to a spider, using a fly swatter is a good option. A fly swatter has a long handle that keeps you a safe distance away from the spider. Use it to kill a spider that is crawling around your home or hiding in a corner.

Create an eco-friendly spray of distilled white vinegar and vanilla extract. Using a spray bottle, mix three parts distilled white vinegar with one part vanilla extract. This will create a mixture that spiders hate. Spray the areas of your home where spiders are likely to hide. Pay special attention to corners and behind furniture. This non-toxic spray is safe and environmentally friendly.

Purchase insecticides that are effective against spiders. You can spray along cracks and in corners. Spray in your home and around your basement. Follow manufacturer's instructions for use. Clear away residual spider webs after the spiders are gone. Be cautious if you have pets or small children as some insecticides are toxic.


Use gloves when removing spiders by hand. If you have a spider infestation, call a professional exterminator. If you are bitten by a spider, seek medical attention.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner or broom
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Spray bottle
  • Glass jar
  • Fly swatter
  • Insecticide
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