There are many things that attract spiders to your home such as insects, fruit, water, warm temperature, and darkness. Having spiders in your garden is a good thing as they can keep more destructive pests from eating your plants. But when a spider finds its way to your home, then not’s usually not a good thing.
Many people are scared of spiders and wouldn’t want it crawling on your bed, desk, walls or ceiling. Spiders can lay anywhere between a few hundred to a few thousand eggs! But this is not even the worst part. If you are unfortunate enough to have a poisonous spider enter your abode, then you and your loved ones including pets are at very high risk of swelling, cramping, severe headaches, necrosis, and other symptoms.
In pets, bites from a poisonous spider can lead to organ failure and in rare cases, even death. There are many spider repellents on the market but most of these store-bought products contain chemicals that are toxic to pets. Some are even toxic to humans if it comes in contact with food.
Consider the following natural ways to get rid of spiders:
1. Vacuum the area first.
If you spot a spider in a specific area in your home, give it a good vacuuming especially the corners, entryways, closets and furniture. Empty out the bag or dispose of it immediately. If there are spider webs or egg sacs be sure to take the garbage bag out of your house too.
2. Spray essential oils like peppermint and eucalyptus oils.
Spiders do not like the smell of these oils and will stay as far away from it as possible. Keep in mind that these critters taste and smell with their legs so it’s best to spray it in areas where the spiders can actually crawl on.
3. Spray lemon and water mixture.
Squeeze fresh lemon into a sprayer bottle and add some water. Shake well and then spray on surfaces.
4. White Vinegar
Vinegar can help you get rid of spiders. Mix white vinegar and water (1:1 ratio) and mix well into a sprayer bottle. Then, spray it on surfaces and even directly on the spider if you see it crawling about.
If there’s no spider infestation and you’re sure the spider you saw is not venomous, you can opt to try the humane way and simply trap it in a cup with a piece of paper to cover it. Take the cup outside and release the spider out in nature.
If there’s an infestation or if you’re scared of spiders and you see quite a few of them in your house, it may be time to call a pest control company like Cook’s Pest Control. They will not only get rid of the spiders but will also get rid of any food source that may encourage more spiders to venture into your property.
Here’s a video tutorial on how to get rid of spiders: