Spider Problems

Information provided about spiders,
where they come from, how they
get in the house, and what you can
do to rid them.


How to get rid of spiders in your Home
Without the use of poisons.

Why Spiders Come Into a Home,

Spiders come in all sizes and can find their
way into your home. When they are outside,
they are beneficial, because they eat other
insects. Spiders are always on the lookout
for new food sources. When they enter the
home and remain, it is because they are
finding food sources, such as other insects
or crumbs, and food left around. A good
vacuuming twice a week does wonders to
help control pests in the home. Spiders love
untidy rooms that provide all kinds of places
to hide.

Where to Check

Check to make sure outside doors close
properly, check that windows without
screens are not left open. If screens are in
place, check the screens, for holes, and
proper fit. Check around the foundation of
the house for entry spots, check around
vents; make sure they are sealed. Look for
any space, that insects are able to enter into
the home. Before you bring boxed items,
from the outside, or garage, into the house,
check to make sure that no spiders are
inside. Cardboard is a wood product and
spiders love cardboard.

Trapping Spiders

Rather than use poisons, you might want to
try sticky spider traps. You can buy these
flat sticky cardboard traps and place them
out of the way under furniture. Spiders
seem to travel near the walls, so a good
location to place traps is along the walls.
Mice glue traps also trap spiders. You can
also staple the traps, they are white and
blend in to ceilings and walls. Lay a few in
the attic, crawlspaces or under cupboards.
Remember that the spiders may still be
alive when you do the cleanup. You can find
these cardboard traps at dollar stores,
garden centers and hardware stores.

Spiders in The Kitchen Cupboards

To keep spiders out of kitchen cupboards,
place whole cloves in a small container like
a bottle cap towards back of shelf.
All insects hate the smell of cloves.
This keeps your cupboards nice and spicy

Spider Trap That You Can Build

Spider trap, made from a metal car oil can.
This is a spider trap of my own design.
I built one, years ago and was amazed at
how well it trapped the spiders.

Spiders like to venture into cracks and dark
cave type places. The spiders enter the can
and eventually head downhill to explore
further, once its legs touch the oil at the
back of the can it is quickly pulled into the
oil, drowning the spider. The oil does not
evaporate and will stay workable for a long
time. I recommend empting the can with
spiders, once a year. Sooner, if you have a
big problem with spiders. Then all you have
to do is add some new oil, (any oil will do)
four or five tablespoons will do.

Home Made Spider Trap

To build one of these traps you need a can,
small board, block and some nails. One nail
at the top of the can will do. Place a small
block at one of the can higher than the other,
this causes the oil to stay at the lower level
of the can. Center the can onto the board.

See Picture and Nail in Place.

Add a couple tablespoon of motor oil and
place the spider trap in a secluded place in
the basement. The motor oil gives off a
faint amount of oil fumes inside the can
which helps to get rid of the spider.
This trap presents no threat to pets.
Place it where children will not be playing
with it, they could dump out the oil and
make a mess.

Home built spider trap
Spider Trap

Poisonous Spiders

There are four species in the USA which are
poisonous, black widow, brown recluse,
hobo, and yellow sac spiders. These spiders
are also in Canada.

Note: Not all spiders have venom; some are
(dry) and will not cause a serious bite.

Those spider with necrotizing venom, is the
cause of medically significant bites in the
United States. Its bite rarely results in
death. The spiders, are distributed in the
United States, from central Iowa, south to
Eastern Texas, and east to western Georgia,
and the Florida panhandle.

Understanding Spiders

Spiders like to hide. Spiders love wood and
cardboard boxes. Replace cardboard and
wood storage boxes, with plastic containers.
Cardboard boxes and paper bags have glue
that roaches and spiders thrive on and are
often infested with eggs, ready to hatch.
Spiders do not like heat, spiders are cold
blooded, as it gets hot outside, they will try
to find ways to enter into your house.
Spiders have taste buds on the tips of their
legs, and because they hate the taste of
lemon it makes sense to dust your
windowsills and doorframes with Lemon
Pledge. Lemon pledge is associated with
rashes and allergies to some people.
An alternative is Lemon Essential Oil.
Bathrooms seem to be a favorite spot for
spiders because a water source is available.

Remove unwanted vegetation and clutter
away from the foundation of the house, to
discourage spiders near the home.
If you like pets, get a cat, they love
catching spiders and eating them, it is
natural for them. Remember to shake out
seldom-used sweaters, shoes and winter
coats before putting them on, as this may
be the home of a spider. Most spiders life
cycle, is through the spring and summer,
then die off in the fall. Some spiders can
live for a couple of years. Spiders eggs will
hatch in the spring, and the life cycle will

Spiders are attracted to places where food is
in abundance. Spiders feed on other insects.
Remove these insects and the spider cannot
stay. Lighted outside porch lights attract all
kinds of insects and in turn attract spiders.
A regular light bulb is in the blue light
spectrum that attracts bugs. Changing the
light bulb to a sodium type bulb will help
keep bugs away. Sodium type bulbs also
use less power as the season become colder,
the spiders next step is to enter the house
under doors, open doors and open windows
with no screens..

Spider Bites

Most spiders are not aggressive and bite
only when they are protecting their eggs or
when hurt such as being trapped against the
skin inside clothing. If you are bitten,
follow these first aid steps.

Use an antiseptic to treat the site of the
bite, to prevent infection.

Apply ice to the site of the bite to reduce
pain and swelling.

If serious symptoms develop such as
increasing pain or swelling from bites of
dangerous spiders, consult a physician.
If possible, bring the spider to the
physicians office. Effective antivenins are
available, but most can only be used if the
spider that inflicted the bite is positively

Other Spider Immobilizing

To immobilize a spider, spray it with extra
strength hairspray or Windex window
cleaner. A vacuum cleaner works well also.

Fresh chestnuts work to repel spiders.
The pungent orange scent of hedge apples
also repels the spiders. Spiders hate
furniture spray.


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