Trapping spiders for observation or for spider control can be easily done with simple materials. You can reduce the number of spiders within your home without using pesticides or chemicals that could be harmful to your pets or children. Using homemade traps for catching indoor spiders is also effective when placing the traps in areas where you can't normally spray, such as near food or office supplies.
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Things you need
- Empty cereal box
- Double-sided tape (optional)
- Tangle-Trap Insect Coating™(optional)
- Duct tape
- Permanent marker
- Measuring tape or ruler
Take an empty cereal box and measure a section of the box to 4 inches long and 3 inches high.
Mark the length and height of your trap on the cereal box with the permanent marker, drawing a rectangular outline for cutting.
Using scissors cut out the template of your trap. Fold the trap into a triangular tube by folding up both sides to meet the centre. Your tube should be 4 inches long and 3 inches high when folded.
Use double-sided tape and line the inner flat centre of your triangle tube. You can also use Tangle-Trap Insect Coating, which can be purchased at garden centres.
Connect your triangle ends using duct tape and place it along the baseboards or in the corners of your home. You can also place it beneath your kitchen or bathroom sinks.
Tips and warnings
- You can make this craft fun by decorating your traps using your creativity and imagination. Replace your traps weekly and move them to different locations if you are not catching any spiders.
- Never handle unknown spiders without researching what species it is, to avoid dangerous bites.
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