The best ways to get rid of common house spiders that are safe for pets

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The best ways to get rid of common house spiders that are safe for pets
Spiders generally will not bite unless trapped against the skin. (Baerbel Schmidt/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Common house spiders include funnelweb spiders, cobweb spiders, cellar spiders, and sac spiders. Although most spiders found in homes are harmless and are actually beneficial because they control insects, some people prefer not to have them crawling around their dwellings and apply household insecticides containing pyrethroids to control infestations. However, insecticides contain toxins which can be harmful to pets. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to get rid of spiders without harming your pet.

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Things you need

  • Caulk
  • Vacuum
  • Sticky traps

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove sheltering sites close to your home, including rocks, wood piles, compost piles and old boards.

  2. 2

    Apply caulk to cracks and crevices in the foundation. In addition, fix holes in screens and eliminate any other entrances that spiders can use to enter your home.

  3. 3

    Vacuum your home thoroughly. Vacuuming removes spiders, spider webs and egg sacs. Moreover, vacuuming can remove insects that serve as prey. When no food is available, spiders leave the premises.

  4. 4

    Clean up food and crumbs, which attract insects that spiders prey on.

  5. 5

    Place sticky traps, available at most hardware and grocery stores, along the baseboards and other areas where you have observed spiders. Sticky traps work by securing the spider to a sticky board until they perish. Sticky traps do not contain poison and thus will not harm your pet.

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