Although a house spider isn’t dangerous and many are beneficial, that does not mean we want them in our house or taking over our yard.
Some spiders, in fact, are poisonous and can cause health problems and even death if they bite. Besides, spiders crawling around in unexpected places freak people out including guests, and cobwebs are unsightly and can be hard to clean as they are often in high and out of the way locations.
How can we control spiders without using poisons or other chemicals?
Spiders In The Wintertime
During the cold winter months, everyone needs a place to stay warm, including those nasty eight-legged critters called spiders.
They also need a place to find food as other critters move inside for winter and you can bet your house is the perfect place.
Though spiders are unpleasant looking and frightening, most are harmless. Even if they do bite the result is usually a minor irritation to the skin. However, some spiders can be extremely aggressive and their venom can be extremely dangerous.
Getting Rid Of House Spiders
Cleanliness is the first step. Make sure there are no crumbs or other food scraps left on the counters, tables, or floors.
Regularly wipe and sweep them. Make sure the garbage cannot be accessed by pests. A garbage can with a lid works well for this purpose. This can be difficult in a house full of children or a house full of any kind of people. You just need to keep on top of this and explain to others why it is important.
Now spiders may not be eating these crumbs and other food scraps potentially lying around, but pests that spiders eat will be.
If you encourage spider food to enter and live in your home you are encouraging spiders as well. And these other pests are not desirable in your house either.
There are some smells that spiders dislike but that humans do like and you can use these to your advantage. Lavender and lemon are two examples.
A cleaning spray, perhaps a dusting spray, with one or both scents will help drive spiders away. You can also use lemon oil strategically, perhaps dabbing some by the entryway or putting a little on the bottom of a broom before sweeping.
A spray of vinegar and lemon or lavender essential oil works extremely well too. Use a sprayer, and spray in all areas where you have seen spiders, on webs, and in areas where spiders may be entering such as around windows. We tend to go wild with this and it does a great job.
You can also spray windows and doors from the outside as well to discourage them from even coming close.
Also, seal any small holes or cracks they may be climbing in via. They don’t need much space. Prime areas to look include around doorways and windows. Be thorough in looking for small entryways.
You can control spiders naturally by following these tips. If infestation continues, call your local pest control service for a thorough job or removing house spiders.