Getting Rid of Spiders

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This is a page about getting rid of spiders. Many people wish to get rid of spiders and remove them from their home, basement, attic, garage and yard. Here are pest control tips for removing arachnids from your living space.
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January 25, 2011

You can use the Tomcat flat glue boards to capture spiders and other insects in the home. I place them under beds and around base boards. You will be surprised what you trap.

My sister got bit by a recluse spider and almost lost her leg. I feel safer with them around, to catch the unwanted creatures.

By JB from Cincinnati, OH

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I happen to get quite a few spiders in my house. I hate to find them near my babies' cribs. I found a way to eliminate spiders without sprays. Put double sided tape on an index card or scrap paper. Place this in corners, under the beds and dressers; any dark and dusty places where spiders like to hang out. In a week or two, throw it away, and start over again!

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By Michele from Bangor, PA

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Need to keep spiders from entering your house? Chestnut essential oil works! Dab onto a cotton wool ball and smear along window edges and doors to stop the blighters from coming inside. They hate the smell. I sent some to my friend in Spain where they have spiders the size of dinner plates there and she told me it has worked. I bought mine on eBay in a Wiccan type shop for 5 pounds (about $7.50).

By Monique from Somerset, UK

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October 7, 2013

How do I get rid of spiders? Usually we have had them in the basement only, but we have been finding them all through the house. My daughter is scared of them and I would like to know how to prevent them from traveling everywhere.

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By Monika K

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October 9, 20130 found this helpful

There is not much you can do about spiders, and since they usually trap flies and other insects in their webs, they are doing good things for you. I use a broom to get rid of their webs and squish them if they are someplace I don't want them, like my kitchen. Why don't you try explaining to your daughter that spiders are beneficial, so that she is not so frightened of them.

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I live in a 2nd floor apt. and we get a lot of spiders in the summer. My daughter is petrified of them and I'm not too fond of them myself. We always seem to find them on our high ceilings. I have tried using my Swiffer or a mop or broom to smoosh them but it makes them drop on the floor and sometimes run away.

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Does anyone know of a better solution to this pesky and a little creepy problem? I was looking at those bug vacuums but they are all too short to reach the ceiling. Any help or suggestions at all would be greatly appreciated!

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By Harry (Guest Post)
June 13, 20080 found this helpful

I use my regular vacuum cleaner with a extension. For flies I have a spray bottle with window cleaner mixed with rubbing alcohol. I get close to the fly and spray out a mist. The liquid prevents the fly from flying and they drop to the floor then I vacuum them up.

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June 13, 20080 found this helpful

Ditto on the vacuum cleaner with the extension. If it is late and I don't want to wake anyone up, I use a spray mister bottle with only water in it. I spray in the general area of the spidey, and the water vapor or the breeze of it moves them from the ceiling over to wall where I have a better chance of reaching it and without it falling on me.

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Bug sprays tend to leave marks on the ceiling and makes them fall down and doesn't always kill them instantly. Ick! Hate the lil' buggers!

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June 13, 20080 found this helpful

I read somewhere (maybe here?) that if you spray them with AEROSOL hairspray it "freezes" them to their spot. Then maybe you could smoosh them or suck them up with the vacuum extension pole? God Bless, Sheila in Cocoa, FL

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By debbie (Guest Post)
June 13, 20080 found this helpful

I use ammonia and water in a spray bottle. Mist ceiling, will kill existing ones and no more will return : ) Works outside too!

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By Terry (Guest Post)
June 13, 20080 found this helpful

Extend your vacuum hose with wrapping paper tube! I do this all the time for my high ceilings and those nasty critters!

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By Paula Jo Carr Mebane, NC (Guest Post)
June 13, 20080 found this helpful

Had a spider on our living room ceiling just the other day AND I sprayed it with my aresol Hair Spray & then removed "it" with a napkin that I flushed right away (in case it was still alive). The hair spray stuck him right to the ceiling where I had no trouble picking him off of the ceiling (once I got a chair out to stand on and reached up with).

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I beleive I got the idea from here and it works!

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By Jana (Guest Post)
June 14, 20080 found this helpful

If you are my father, you use a broom to flick the spider off the ceiling, and then assume your daughter will be content with having a giant spider loose somewhere in the room if she can't *see* it.

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By Julia (Guest Post)
June 14, 20080 found this helpful

Maybe a better solution would be not to eliminate. Spiders eat and trap all kinds of indoor predators, dust mites etc. I find that they can be as friendly on the inside as much as on the outside. I usually leave the non-intrusive ones and relocate the others so as not to harm any ecological balance. This is not my idea. I learned in Girl Scouts to "kill no living creature" as everything has it's purpose on this earth.

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June 14, 20080 found this helpful

To keep spiders away you make up in a spray bottle 30ml of lemon juice and 500ml of water and spray around the ceiling edges. I haven't tried it but I will.

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By (Guest Post)
June 14, 20080 found this helpful

I spray mine with plain water till they drop. Most won't move too much when wet - after which I take them outside. I find this is the most humane way to treat the problem.

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By sodagirl (Guest Post)
June 14, 20080 found this helpful

We use shaving cream lol it sticks them there and you can get it with a paper towel and not have to touch it(the spider itself). It works every time, sometimes I flick them away but it freaks my kids out!

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By Tara from Walton, NY (Guest Post)
June 15, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks so much for all of the great ideas. I can't just "live" with them in my house...my daughter is way too afraid of them. I wouldn't do that to her. But I will try to use the wrapping paper tube...that's a great idea. I will try the different spray bottle ideas as well.

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August 17, 2015

I'm abnormally scared of finding an adult of these baby spiders that keep crawling round my bathroom. This screams 'massive mummy spider somewhere' as there are at least 10 a day that I'm flushing and they're all identical. Is there any other solution to this or do I need to find a new home?

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October 11, 2011

I have noticed an over abundance of spiders in the laundry room in the basement. Is there anything I can do to prevent all of these spiders from getting into the house? Thank you.

By Cindy S.

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June 11, 2018

What kind of spider is this an how can I keep them away?

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August 20, 2014

Having moved a lot of garden rubbish to the tip in my car on the weekend, I now have spiders in the car. One is particularly huge but I am unable to catch it as it is a first class runner. My daughter refuses to get into the car until I can assure her it is gone or dead. Any ideas?

By Kate H

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November 30, 2012

I have seen white tail spiders in the corner of my 3 month old baby's room, I don't want to use chemicals. I have cleaned up and washed, vacuumed etc., what natural deterrents can I use?

By Ann M

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How can I get rid of spiders?

By Karen T

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July 7, 2009

How do I get rid of spiders in the basement?

By peg fisher from Endicott, NY

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July 10, 20090 found this helpful

Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth around the area where the spiders invade. You may be able to get Diatomaceous Earth (DE) at Walmart but any pool supply store should have it. DE is used in some pool filters. It is a powder and harmless to humans and animals but to bugs it is like little razor blades.

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July 11, 20090 found this helpful

Spiders eat insects. I would rather have the spiders there then a bunch of bugs.

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August 3, 2016

I have tiny white biting spiders. How do I get rid of them?

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November 5, 2015

I've been told that dryer sheets eliminate spiders and mice? Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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A neighbor recently had her willow tree pruned. This seemed to disturb spiders who have infiltrated my house. I have 2 cats, so am wondering what natural non-toxic things I can use to get rid of them.

By Sharon Y.

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May 4, 2016

This is a page about using hedge apples to repel spiders. Hedge apples have a long standing reputation as a spider repellent.

Whole and sliced Hedge Apples (Maclura pomifera) also known as Osage Oranges against a white background

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May 4, 2016

This is a page about keeping spiders out of your house. Since finding a spider in your home is typically not a happy occurrence, finding a way to keep them out would be a great solution.

Huntsman spider against a white window frame

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