I hate spiders.
If you do too, you’re in the right place. I’ve put together all the best ways I could find of getting rid of anything that has more than 4 legs.
The only spider I’m happy to host is your friendly neighborhood Spiderman!
In this post I’ll share the most effective methods to keep spiders away from your home.
Ready? Then let’s get started!
Note – this is a spider-free article. No images are going to jump out at you. Instead, I’ve included a few relaxing pictures to help our sanity.
Reasons Why There May Be a Lot of Spiders
There can be several reasons why spiders have taken a liking to your home. Since you can’t ask them about it, let me help you with this. You need to understand that spiders have a reason to come inside your home rather than lurking outside.
A big reason is that spiders can’t withstand extreme weather conditions. And so they come indoors to protect themselves.
In this way, they’re much like humans. Here are some more reasons why spiders might like to call your home their own:
Spiders Like Dark Places
Spiders like dark, hard-to-reach places. It’s in their nature. This is why you often see spider webs when you remove a piece of furniture after a long time. In these dark corners, spiders build their webs, lay eggs, and then reproduce.
You may have also experienced a sudden increase in spider population after you’ve brought in a piece of used furniture.
This is because spiders were already living in the furniture. And even if you had it cleaned, they laid their eggs in some dark corner. Now, the newly born spiders are guests in your home and will greet you every now and then!
Mating Season (ew!)
Spiders replicate fairly quickly. Especially during their mating season. This is when they look for the most suitable place to lay their eggs. So if you see more spiders than usual, this might be a reason.
Do Spiders Go Away with Time?
You might be wondering: if the spiders have come into your house just for mating, maybe they’ll leave once they’re done.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but nothing can be further from the truth.
Unfortunately, spiders don’t see your home as a hotel where they can spend their holiday and leave. Instead, they see it as a permanent home. This is why they roam around freely and mark their territory by spinning webs in every corner of the house.
So it’s your job to drive out these unwanted guests who don’t even pay rent!
And what’s more important than driving them out? Making sure they stay out! I have some tips to help you with that…
How to Get Rid of Spiders from Your Home
I’ve listed 10 methods that are virtually guaranteed to drive out spiders from your home. Some methods will also keep spiders away from your home.
Despite my pun earlier, it’s not a nice thing to simply squash the spider. You’ll just hurt the little creature and this won’t stop other spiders from taking its place.
So, what do you do? Let’s have a look:
#1 Get a Spider Catcher
A spider catcher is a very useful device that allows you to remove a spider from your home without harming it. It’s battery-powered and features a vacuum system.
Just aim it towards the spider and press the button, gently sucksing in the spider. You can take the device outside and release the spider.
#2 Use Essential Oils
Strong scents are known to be effective spider repellants. Use it to drive away the creepy crawlies from your home. Just take some essential oil such as Peppermint or Lavender and mix it with water in a spray bottle.
Spray this solution throughout the house, especially those corners where you often see spiders. This will not only cleanse your house of spiders, it’ll also create a pleasant fragrance around your house.
#3 Try Vinegar
Another (slightly more rigorous) remedy is using vinegar instead of essential oils. You can spray this solution in every nook and cranny of your home, and you’ll see some quick results.
Just be careful when spraying the vinegar solution around the house. It can damage the appearance of varnished surfaces.
#4 Use a Lemon Peel
Apparently, spiders hate the scent of a lot of things! This includes the smell of citrus fruits. Fortunately, this works in your favor, as you can rub a lemon along your doorposts, window sills, shelves, and other surfaces across your house.
You can also make use of lemon-infused cleaners or polishes, or anything else that gives off the particular scent.
#5 Turn Off Outdoor Lights
Spiders are attracted to insects and this often encourages them to enter your house. You must’ve noticed that insects tend to nest or fly around outdoor lights when they’re on. This is when spiders creep in to prey on them.
So turn off your outdoor lights to keep the insects away. This in turn will result in one less reason for spiders to visit you.
#6 Use Garlic
If garlic can keep vampires away (I’ve seen this in movies so must be true), they can certainly keep your eight-legged friends from terrorizing you. Garlic has a pungent smell that can cause spiders to run away without looking back.
Place cloves of garlic in various corners of your home. Or you can crush it and mix it with water in a spray bottle. Then just spray it round your house as you did with the oils and vinegar solutions.
Be wary of this method, as the strong smell of garlic can also make you a little edgy.
What if you’ve tried everything in your power and nothing seems to work? Well, you can always burn the whole house down!
How to Prevent Spiders from Coming Back
You’ve driven out spiders from your home! Great! What’s next?
Now you need to make sure they stay gone!
Here are some tips that’ll help prevent spiders from coming back:
#1 Clean, Clean, Clean
Kind of a no-brainer; pests thrive in dirty and unclean spaces. Spiders like to crawl and hide in dark and unclean places, laying eggs and multiplying. So it’s time to take the vacuum cleaner out of your closet and get to work. Clean all your furniture too. Also, swap out your cardboard boxes for plastic containers as spiders can’t crawl into those.
Make sure to clean and dust your house regularly. Spiders hate that, but you’ll love it.
#2 Keep The Exterior Clean Too
Spiders can only enter your home if they thrive and grow on the outside. You have to stop them from marking their territory on your house’s exterior.
They usually do it by hiding in fallen leaves, vegetation, compost, etc. From here they make their way into the house through holes or cracks in your walls, doors, or window sills.
First, clean up your house’s surroundings. Next, fill up any cracks or holes with caulk or any other sealant you can find. This will make it harder for any of these pesky pets to come into your house.
#3 Keep the Trash Away
Another way to get rid of spiders from your home is to move the trash bins further than usual if possible. Bins are a fly’s best friend. And flies are like fodder for spiders.
So keep your trash bins as far as you can. Ideally, you should keep it outside your house, in the backyard or garden.
If you can’t do this, make sure all your bins have a lid. This way flies won’t hover on the trash and attract spiders.
#4 Grow a Eucalyptus Tree
Another effective method to keep spiders at bay is growing a eucalyptus tree in your garden. They’re not only easy to grow, they’re also low maintenance and help keep spiders away.
Like I said before, spiders get into your house easily if they’re hiding outside. By planting this tree you can keep them from doing this.
Believe it or not, but the presence of spiders in your home actually suggests that your home isn’t as clean as you think it is. This means you need to take your cleaning and dusting more seriously.
If you follow the methods and advice I shared above, you’ll be able to get rid of spiders for good.
And using essential oils, eucalyptus and lemon also makes your home smell better.
I hope this article helps you spider-proof your home. If you found this article, please check out our other similar articles.
Thanks for reading, and have a great day!