Spiders are an important part of the environment in that they eat pests such as mosquitoes. But if the spider population in your home becomes too large and family members are waking up with spider bites, it may be time to eliminate the spiders from your home with homemade spider traps.
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Things you need
- Paper towel tubes
- Toilet paper tubes
- Brushable spider and insect trap coating
- Masking tape
Cut paper towel tubes in half with scissors and collect enough paper towel and toilet paper tubes so you have one for each room or location where you want to place a homemade spider trap.
Brush spider and insect trap coating on the inside of the paper towel and toilet paper tubes. Cover one-third of the inside of each tube with the coating. The sticky coating, which can be purchased at a hardware store or plant nursery, is non-toxic and safe to use indoors around your family and pets.
Roll some masking tape, sticky-side out, and adhere it to the underside of the homemade spider trap. Stick the spider trap in place near doorways, windowsills, behind furniture and anywhere else you've seen spiders creeping about.
Remove old homemade spider traps after three to four days and replace with new ones until spiders have been eliminated from your home.
Tips and warnings
- Use empty toothpaste tube boxes as the foundation for spider traps.
- Use caution when removing spiders from your home. If you're not sure what type of spider you're dealing with, verify what type of spider it is using the Internet or an identification book. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and call a professional exterminator, especially if you live in an area known to have poisonous spiders.
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