While most of the spiders in your region prefer to live outdoors, occasionally you are going to run into a few of them that found shelter in your home while they were in search of a food source. The best way to eliminate the spider problem is by keeping them from ever getting inside the house, but that is easier said than done. Once they have made it inside you do not have to worry, here are some simple steps on how to get rid of spiders before they infest your home.
1. Sealing Up Your Home Inside and Out
The best way to prevent future spiders from getting inside the home is to seal up all the access points they are using to seek shelter in your house. Begin by patching up any obvious holes or cracks around the windows by using a large gap caulk. Then apply that same caulk to openings around wires entering the home, electrical boxes, and plumbing. Inside the home run a bead of caulk around pipes entering the walls under the faucets, basically anywhere an opening in a wall leads to outside. Fix or replace any screens in the windows that are torn, and invest in a chimney mesh to prevent the spiders from entering the home when the fireplace is not in use.
2. Turning Off the Outdoor Lighting
Keeping your lights on outside at night will not attract spiders, but it does attract their food source. These little pests that are attracted by your driveway, porch, and garage lights, serve as easy prey for the spiders. Once the spiders identify this as a easy source of food, they begin to set up their webs around the light source to get quick meals. If you have bright lights inside the home that penetrate the windows at night, the spiders will try to get as close to the source as possible. Invest in dark shades to block indoor lights from shining outside. If you must keep on the outdoor lights, switch to yellow vapor light bulbs because they are less appealing to many insects.
3. Remove Outdoor Vegetation From Near Home
Those beautiful potted plants or flowers you have growing around the perimeter of your home might look beautiful, but they act like the perfect hiding spot for spiders. Consider moving these plants further away from the house or along the fence line if possible. What happens is the spiders use the plants to hide and ambush their prey, but when they need to seek a warmer location or need a new food source, they go from this vegetation right to the cracks in your home and wind up inside. This goes for leaves, mulch, and stones that are placed to close to your home.
4. Vacuuming the Spider Webs
Once the spiders are inside your home, trying to eliminate them with bug sprays will not work like they do on other insects. The spiders will not clean themselves, so any poison on their legs will have little effect on killing them as they will simply focus on building webs and catching prey. If you want to learn how to get rid of spiders inside the house, eliminate their food source by eliminating their webs. Grab your vacuum and remove their webs and any egg sacks you see. Once you remove the webs, they need to work to build the traps again, and without any sacks they can not eat and will either die of starvation or go back outside to look for an easier meal.
5. Inexpensive Home Remedies
Mix an equal part of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and start focusing on any areas where you have seen spiders inside your home. If you see any spiders, you can spray it directly on them, or just in the corners of the house where they seem to continue to build their webs. Vinegar contains an ingredient called acetic acid, and not only burns the spiders, it can kill them on contact. Put a small amount of vinegar in little bowls in those dark areas of the house where the spiders might be hiding, the odor of the vinegar will repel them stop them from making webs. Spray the outside of the house perimeter with the spray to deter any outside spiders from even entering your home.
These simple techniques on how to get rid of spiders works best if you keep up the work until you see the spiders disappear. Taking the time once a week will have the biggest impact on the spiders in and around your home.