Spiders are a nuisance around the home and though they are not destructive, they can be dangerous and annoying. Most spiders are not poisonous but the bites of poisonous spiders can result in severe injury and reactions in certain demographics, especially children. Chemicals and pesticides can be an effective way of dealing with them but can be harmful to your family and the environment. Below are some of the methods to get rid of spiders in your home.
Keeping them out— one of the most effective ways of getting rid of spiders in your home is to keep them out entirely. This can done by sealing up your home by patching cracks and crevices that lead from outside. You can easily fill up these spaces using caulk.
Covering vents and chimneys with fine mesh screens and replacing broken windows will also prevent them from entering ten house.
Clearing your home's surrounding— shrubs, trees and other forms of vegetation around the perimeter of the house will prevent spiders from entering the house as vegetation attracts and provides a breeding ground for them. You can either transplant existing vegetation or clear them out completely if you have a serious spider problem.
Vacuuming— this is a simple and very effective way of getting rid of a spider problem as the suction will remove all webs and eggs hidden in cracks, ceilings and hard to reach places. Sweeping works fine but it is more advisable to transport them outside since most spiders are beneficial since they are a biological pest control method.
Clean and wash the house regularly to reduce hiding spaces for breeding and clean food crumbs to avoid attracting ants and other insects, which in turn attract spiders.
Calling an exterminator— in some instances where the infestation is larger than you can control, calling a trusted and experienced exterminator to apply stronger pesticide is recommended. Most exterminators use extremely strong pesticides which may require you vacate the house for a few days.
Using natural remedies— there are natural remedies found in homes that can help control spiders. One such item is peppermint oil. This is because spiders cannot stand the smell of peppermint. Spraying it around the house in crevices and areas where you suspect are hiding places for spiders will get rid of them. Eucalyptus and tea tree oils work as a substitute for peppermint.
The acetic acid found in vinegar can also ward off spiders when sprayed in dark corners or directly onto the spiders.
Visit your local pest control company to learn more ways to ward off spiders or have them intervene all together.