Spider Control: How to Eliminate Them from Your Home

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What You'll Need
Garden hose, with spray attachment
Eucalyptus leaves
Caulking gun
Work gloves

Spider control can help you get rid of spiders from your home. Some spiders are beneficial as they feed on termites which can destroy your home. However, some species are poisonous such as the brown recluse or black widow. Many homeowners find spiders more of a problem during the summer. This is because they don’t enjoy the heat and seek cooler places in the house. They may prefer to settle near water sources, such as the kitchen or bathroom. If you feel that spiders are a menace in your home, you may want to use some of the options below to get rid of them.

Step 1 - Clean the House

It helps if you clean your home regularly. This helps to get rid of dust and cobwebs. When cobwebs are cleared frequently, it helps to clear spider egg cases, which discourages the spiders from settling. Pay particular attention to corners, underneath furniture, behind bookshelves, and storage sites.

Step 2 - Get Rid of Cardboard

Spiders love cardboard because it is made of wood which they’re attracted to. If you have cardboard boxes lying around in your home, you’ll need to get rid of these. Areas that you especially need to check are the attic and basement. Collect the boxes and dispose of them in the garbage. It helps to reduce the attraction for spiders in your home.

Step 3 - Use Eucalyptus Leaves

Obtain some eucalyptus leaves from a herbal store. Spiders dislike the smell of the leaves. Spread the leaves generously in areas where you’ve noted the spiders. It helps to keep them at bay. Allow the leaves to remain where placed until they dry. You can then clear them away. Should the spiders reappear, you can always place some more leaves. Fortunately, eucalyptus leaves have a pleasant smell. This gives a lovely fragrance to your home.

Step 4 - Use Compound Cleaning

The build-up of trash and wood around your home encourages spiders to call your home their home. It is a good idea to clear the compound regularly to help clear it of such material. Be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and gloves when you have to clean the compound. It helps to protect your skin from possible irritation by trash and debris. Hose down exterior walls and areas underneath the leaves to clear cobwebs and spider egg cases.

Step 5 - Seal Cracks and Holes

Flies, cockroaches, and other insects can enter your house through gaps around windows and doors. Cracked screens also allow insects into the house. Insects are an excellent food source for spiders. It helps if you reduce the presence of insects in your house. Inspect your house regularly for gaps and cracks. Use a caulking gun to seal the faulty areas. It will help keep out insects and reduces food availability for spiders. Inspect your basement as spiders normally get into the house through here. If you find any gaps, cracks, or holes, make arrangements to seal properly.