How to Get Rid of Cobwebs & Spiders

Updated July 19, 2017

Regarding spiders as a scary nuisance is normal. In reality, they are not as scary as they seem. Most spiders are harmless (except for black widows and brown recluses) and are beneficial for insect control. Spiders become a real nuisance when they invade and build webs inside homes and businesses. Cobwebs are the result of spiders abandoning their webs, leaving them behind to collect dust. Spiders and their cobwebs are unwelcome sights in homes. Getting rid of them is achieved by sanitation and control efforts.

Connect the duster attachment to the extension pole. The long pole helps you reach high areas.

Point the dusting end toward the ceiling. Twist the pole so that the cobweb gets wrapped around the duster. Repeat until all the cobwebs are gone.

Dip the dish cloth in soapy water. Wring the water out of the cloth.

Position the ladder so that you can reach a top corner of your wall. While on the ladder, wipe the wall, ceiling and top corner with the wet cloth. Repeat this step on all the walls in your home. This helps prevent any new cobwebs from forming.

Determine the source of the spiders. The insects typically enter homes through cracks in doors, windows and screening.

Seal these cracks with caulking compound. Ensure all window and door screenings are properly installed. Inspect for tears and large holes. Spray spider repellent around windows, doors, floor trims, corners and in cracks and crevices.

Remove any food that was left out. Insects are attracted to food and spiders are attracted to insects. The more insects there are in your home, the more likely you will encounter spiders.

Eliminate live spiders by using the hose attachment on a vacuum cleaner. Simply sweep the spider up.

Release a spider outdoors by placing an overturned cup over the spider. Gently slide a piece of paper underneath the cup to trap the spider. Take the cup with the spider outdoors and release the spider.


If you do not have a duster with a long pole, use a broom with a long handle to remove cobwebs.


Take caution when handling any type of spider. Most spiders are harmless, but some can inflict painful venomous bites. Be careful when applying spider repellent. Follow the instructions carefully while paying close attention to the warnings on the label.

Things You'll Need

  • Duster attachment
  • Long extension pole
  • Soapy water
  • Dish cloth or rag
  • Ladder
  • Caulking compound
  • Vacuum with hose attachment
  • Clear cup
  • Small piece of paper
  • Spider repellent
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Based in Ohio, Patricia Arnett has been a professional freelance writer since August 2009. She is knowledgeable in a wide range of fields and has written more than 80 articles that have been published on various online websites. Arnett also reviews and edits newsletters for the American Postal Workers Union.