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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 Fancy2253 from Cincinnati, OH
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!
Source: The Sunday Paper
By Michele from Bangor, PA
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 MONIQUE63 from Somerset, UK
This is a guide about using hedge apples to repel spiders. Hedge apples have a long standing reputation as a spider repellent.
This is a guide 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.
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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.
By Monika K
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.
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. 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!
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.
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. 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!
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
I use ammonia and water in a spray bottle. Mist ceiling, will kill existing ones and no more will return : ) Works outside too!
Extend your vacuum hose with wrapping paper tube! I do this all the time for my high ceilings and those nasty critters!
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).
I beleive I got the idea from here and it works!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Those spiders may be from an egg sac that hatched. Or they might be coming in through the dryer vent. Make sure everything is sealed around the vent so if they come in the vent hose they can't get out.
Ortho Home Defense Max works for us. We use it around the perimeter of the house in spring and fall.
My Aunt always used pomegranates (the fruit) lying around in her basement and she said they repelled the spiders?
I am with Lilac. They're probably sneaking in by way of the vent. If your furnace is also in the basement you might want to check those vent seals too.
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
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
How can I get rid of spiders?
By Karen T
I have had very good success getting control over my spiders indoors by lightly spraying a clean plastic bristle broom with bug killer and chasing the cobwebs with this just be careful if the cobwebs are dirty you may end up plastering them to the wall dirt and all.
How do I get rid of spiders in the basement?
By peggi37 from Endicott, NY
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.
Spiders eat insects. I would rather have the spiders there then a bunch of bugs.
I have tiny white biting spiders. How do I get rid of them?
I've been told that dryer sheets eliminate spiders and mice? Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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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I need a good old home remedy for spiders (the removing of them).
Kathy from Omaha, NE
I've heard that placing eucalyptus branches and leaves around entry ways will keep spiders away. (07/09/2008)
Someone else mentioned an indoor spray by Ortho. We use that and it seems to help. I am not sure, however, how safe the chemicals are in it so if that kind of thing worries you, you may want to do some research first before you spray it in your house. (07/10/2008)
You can call the cooperative extension in your area. They can give you answers to almost anything. And they can give you safe alternatives. Sometimes they are located at your local college. I have called them several times. The last one was for getting rid of those tiny, pesky little ants! (07/10/2008)
The presence of spiders means you have a lot of bugs to eat. Spiders are also attracted to the smell of gas and propane. Check your gas appliances for signs of cobwebs. If they are clear, then you probably have a bug problem. You could spray down your whole house or let the little critters do it for you. Once your bugs are gone, the spiders will go too. I leave them be in the out of the way corner or behind the fridge, but if they come out on the counter, then it's smack down time. (07/11/2008)
At our house, we get rid of spiders one of two ways:
1) Get a wide-mouth jar or cup and a stiff piece of paper (the subscription tags in magazines works fine). Trap the spider in the jar and quickly slide the paper over the jar. You can then release the spider outside where he/she belongs.
2) The other involves the Filter Queen "relocation" program. As you are vacuuming and notice a spider, use the hand attachment, to relocate them. (07/11/2008)
Hedge apples are great to deter insects completely. Just put them in the corners of your room or where the spiders are, and you will not see any insects as long as the hedge apples are there. (11/02/2008)
I would like to thanks everyone for there advices on killing spiders.
I am sure that between all those information I will be able to find the right one to help me with my problem.
Thanks to all of you.
These big green things are called "Horse Apples" in TX because nothing eats them. I'm not sure where to find them anymore since most of the trees they're from have been eradicated somehow. I understood the tree was almost impenetrable because the wood is so tough, and it won't even burn in a campfire? I prefer to keep my yard more
in Organic balance if I can, and let the unseen few spiders do whatever they do. I will not allow one to get into the house, though, and usually kill it if it does since we've had Recluse Spider bites several times over the years. I go outside and puff Boric Acid into the cracks in the brick, around any hole they might enter through. It seems to work. Also,
I am careful not to keep too many house plants,
AND to brush off if raking leaves or trimming trees.
: ) (03/11/2007)
Does anyone know how to get rid of spiders?
Mariana from Houston, TX
I have found a good way of ridding our home of these devils, we use spider away, it is like the snake away dust that you can use to rid the area of snakes. you can find this at most feed stores, or general hardware stores. we also live in texas, so we know that spiders are a problem. good luck! (09/11/2006)
There is a spray out now that is safe to use indoors. I thiink it is buy ORTHO, but I am not positive. If you go to ACO or ACE hardware and ask, they should be able to tell you. (09/13/2006)
I guess all of you who "Love" spiders have not had to deal with the "brown recluse"! They are thick in our part of the world and love to hide in bedding and clothing. A bite from one of them turns into a hideous nightmare! After seeing, first hand, the pain, sickness and disfigurement one bite has produced in my family and friends, I do not want ANY spiders in my house. (09/13/2006)
By Grandma Margie
Try using White Vineger (1 QT) add three to five drops of Cocanut oil. Mix well, place in a spray bottle and spray base boards and anywhere else you need. (09/23/2006)
How do I get rid of spiders in my house and hegdes?
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Amanda from Wabash, IN
First make sure you REALLY REALLY REALLY want to get rid of them. A few spiders are better then a few hundred other bugs!
(i)Spiders and bats are our friends and should be coddled not crushed ;)(/i)
My grandmother used to hang "citrus melon" in her basement to get rid os spiders. I tried to look up the name & found nothing...but it's a melon that smells like oranges. Maybe someone else will know of a more suitable name for such a thing.
While I can not say that it works from personal experience, my grandmother swore by them!
I have no advice to get rid of the spiders. I keep my spiders and love that they are there. I just wanted to back up the lady that sent you the previous advice. Spiders eat a lot of other bugs which you really don't want around. I have an extensive garden and I'm happy to find cobwebs out there in my veggies and flowers. (09/01/2006)
The "citrus melon" your grandmother referred to are also called hedge apples. They are a fruit (inedible) of the hedge tree also known as the "Osage Orange" by the Indians. I have not heard them called citris melons but understand how they could be having a pungent orange scent. They are abundant in Missouri in the fall along country road ditches being a neon green in color and somewhat smaller than an orange. (09/03/2006)