Got out of control cob webs in your house? Well, I did until I figured out that spider webs form the base of your basic cob web. I used to be very thankful to the daddy long legs spider because they caught and trapped all of the mosquitoes, gnats, etc. But one day I looked up at my semi-cathedral ceiling and it was covered in a false-cover of cob webs. It was huge!
I decided to eliminate the poor spiders. Agree or not, I let off one of those bug killer bombs (only one) in my house. That's all it took. No more spider cob webs for the next 3 years! They won't hurt your pets, but you do have to air out your house, so cover all your fish tanks, pots and pans or anything else exposed to the gas. Take your pets somewhere else for 2 hours or so.
I have had no bad results, including danger to my two 18 year old cats. I would rather do this than to pay a huge price for the bug man.
By sue123 from Oroville, CA
I still worry about pets getting "gassed" this bomb mist must land some where? If you have birds they are very affected by sprays etc. As a matter of fact burning a teflon pan can kill a bird. Be careful! I would rather vac a few spiders then make my pets sick.
To Amandablue, heating a teflon pan and killing a bird is a falacy. Your normal kitchen stove could never get the pan hot enough to let off those kinds of vapors. You would need a furnace.
Actually heating an empty Teflon pan CAN kill birds. A birds respiratory system is very sensitive.
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I would like to know how to get rid of cobwebs. We have a house in the country and only are there on the weekends. I can clean and get them down and the very next weekend the cobwebs are back. What can I do to get rid of them. Thanks
By Rene J. from Bessemer, AL
To get rid of a lot of cobwebs, you must eliminate the spiders by placing bomb spray cans in the crawl space under your home if you can get in there. This will stop a lot of spiders and beetles, etc. from entering the home. We do this each spring and also it will help to keep grass cut short and weedeat around the house's sides where insects like to dwell. Rake any clumps of grassy weeds away from the house too. (10/07/2009)
I agree with Lorelei - you have to get rid of the spiders. There is a spray that you use outside around the perimeter of the house. I can't remember who makes it, but I think it has the word "defense" in the name. You might need to spray or bomb the inside also to eliminate the ones that are already there. (10/08/2009)
Most of my cobwebs are just above my kitchen window and between the window and screen, so I'm assuming the spiders get in through there. I have indoor cats and a dog, plus have allergies myself, so I avoid chemicals in the house. Does anyone have a more natural way to render areas spider-unfriendly?
PS: I've read that that they don't like cold weather, and so are more prevalent this time of year. Nica (10/09/2009)
Here's a really good link about spiders, spider prevention and getting rid of them. You need to read the entire article:
On the other hand, the spiders are catching other insects, and helping you out that way. If all you are worried about is the unsightliness of the cobwebs, I would just go with the broom. (10/09/2009)
The way I keep my spiders under control is when I'm chasing down the cobwebs I use a plastic bristle broom and I give it a very light mist on the very end of the bristles with an insect spray which kill spiders, when I sweep at the cobwebs I make sure I touch the wall or the ceiling, I'm doing two things a onetime, getting rid of the cobwebs and putting killer just where the spiders are and not my whole room, this is worked very well for me. (10/09/2009)
Put vinegar in a spray bottle and spray around all your windows and doors, or anywhere else they might be getting in. Don't smell the best but if you spray on your way out the smell will be gone by the time you return. Usually once or twice a year will do the trick. Use it at our lake house and rarely see a spider. (10/09/2009)
First catch one of the siders in a clean glass jar by inverting over the spider and capping it with a paper plate until the spider is at the bottom and calm. Then look up Google/ images ONLINE HIS NAME by his description. If harmful, kill him. If not thank god for him.
God created all living things for a purpose. We are to take control over them. Don't just kill for the sake of killing. Many spiders are harmless, not aggressive, and perform a wonderful service to prevent all sorts of insects from flying around, getting into cupboards and laying eggs in clothes and foods. Usually those found low and in darker areas are more harmful than those found higher and in plain sight. There are a few that cause nasty bites, and less that are poisonous if they bite in their own defense. Few are aggressive, none go searching for a human to eat. : ) (10/10/2009)