Even the bravest individual quails at the sight of a spider. Not only do they give you the heeby-jeebies, but they are pests, especially the indoor kind. Spiders are one of the most feared pests and come in a close second to bats. In fact, there are more phobias about spiders than any other pests. Needless to say, you wouldn’t want to spot even one of the leggy insects crawling on the ceiling of the nursery.
Have no fear; you can easily get rid of the pests if you –
1. Exploit their nature as predators
Spiders are predatory insects. In other words, they like to chow down on other bugs. Reduce the number of flying insects in your home and they will be less inclined to stick around.
2. Get rid of their webs
Any cobwebs should be disposed of immediately, especially since they might be carrying eggs. Use a broom on them and dust them off far away from your home. Make sure that you don’t leave any shreds hanging. A spider or egg sac may still be sticking to it.
3. De-clutter your home
You can also make your living space a little less hospitable to the uninvited guests. Spiders like to dwell in quiet and dark places. So, don’t be surprised if you find a dozen of them lurking in the corners of your basement. Their love for dark places also leads them to discarded cardboard boxes or any other item that hasn’t been moved in a while. You can take care of the problem by –
- Removing any old items – This also includes the fraying sofa that you stored in the basement. Just because spiders are out of sight doesn’t mean that they won’t crawl into other rooms in the house. Remove any dusty furniture that you haven’t used in awhile and dispose of it.
- Stop using the underside of your bed as a storage area – You do not want the pests anywhere near the bedroom. Items that are stored underneath beds are soon forgotten. You do not want any nasty surprises crawling on your face in the middle of the night. Therefore, it’s best that you clear out any clutter before a
spider has a chance to make it its home.
- Store responsibly – Boxes, clothing or any other items offer comfortable shelters to a spider. Make sure that the pests do their house hunting elsewhere by storing all of your items in sealed or lidded containers. It’s also best that you don’t use any cardboard boxes to store anything. Spiders can easily climb up on them. Use plastic boxes instead; the pests won’t be able to gain traction on them.
- Sweep and mop – Make sure you clean up after yourself. Crumbs are bound to attract other insects and you do not want any spiders to stay and lie in wait for them. Clean up any dishes immediately as well.
- Vacuum – A vacuum nozzle comes in handy if you do not exactly cherish the idea of using a broom on the pests and risking a possible attack. Your vacuum cleaner can suck up the spiders with the webs and eggs in one go. However, it’s best that you do not use this method if you have an infestation to deal with.
- Trim your grass – Some species of spider tend to nest in tall grass. Yes, the untrimmed foliage on your lawn is no exception. Mow your lawn on a regular basis. If you absolutely have to have landscaping done, make sure that it is done further away from your home.
- Glue Traps – Place sticky traps in areas where you often spot the pests such as closets, beneath furniture, next to doors, and windows. However, this method is more effective against spiders that dwell on the ground rather than ceiling spiders.
- Insect Screens – You can ensure that spiders never step inside your property if you cover any entry points with fine mesh and fix any broken windows.
You can also use an ultrasonic pest repeller or call on the services of a pest control company for your problem. This will help you get rid of an infestation faster. Whatever the case may be, always remember, it’s better that you deal with the pests now before the problem becomes too large for you to handle.