For many, the mere thought of spiders send shivers up the spine. Arachnophobia, or the intense fear of spiders, affects nearly 50 per cent of women and 10 per cent of men. It's no wonder the sight of a spider in your home brings on a bout of panic. Most spiders are perfectly harmless and help to control insects and simple routine cleaning will eliminate most spiders in the home. Persistent problems may require the use of insecticide to control.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Vacuum cleaner
Remove old wood or debris from around the outside of your home. This applies to stacked firewood, as well. Spiders like to crawl under wood and into dark crevices away from direct sunlight. Removing wood from around the exterior of your home will discourage spiders near your home and decrease the risk of them entering. Block any holes or cracks around doors or windows. Use caulking to seal window frames and door sweeps.
Vacuum all cracks and crevices around windows, doors and baseboards to remove webs and capture spiders. Keep your eyes open for egg sacks. Eggs are laid in the fall and over winter. You can often find them tucked between the window frame and the wall or in the corners of windows where you have observed spiders or where webs are present. If you do not remove the egg sacks, hundreds of tiny spiders will hatch in the spring. Be sure to empty the vacuum cleaner into a garbage bag and store it away from your home.
Eliminate areas of clutter and keep books and magazines from piling up. These make excellent hiding places for spiders. Sweep or vacuum on a daily basis to eliminate dust or dirt that attracts spiders. Be sure to vacuum your drapes on a regular basis.
Spray crevices and cracks around windows and doors with insecticide (see Resources) to control spiders if vacuuming doesn't eliminate them. Be sure the spray gets into the tight spaces where spiders like to hide. Always use an insecticide that is specifically designed to kill spiders. Some will kill off the insects without harming spiders. This may force spiders to roam your home in an attempt to locate food.
Tips and warnings
- Be alert for any signs of spiders and take immediate action to eliminate them.
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