How to Get Rid of Spiders in Your Home

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Most spiders are completely harmless, but no one wants them invading their home. While we like them in our gardens, we’d like to keep them outside where they belong!

Is there anything you can do to keep spiders from invading your home? If you’re finding more spiders entering your home, the following are a few natural remedies to keep them outside.

Keep Your Home Clean and Tidy

There’s nothing spiders love more than a dirty home. Dust, clutter, and messes encourage spiders to take up residence.

Keep spiders out of your home with regular dusting, vacuuming, and by reducing clutter in your home. Don’t give them any excuse to stay and get comfortable!

Remove Spider Webs

While you’re cleaning, remove all spider webs in corners high and low including beneath sofas or other furniture with a duster or vacuum. Watch for spider eggs lurking nearby and get rid of them immediately. Clean out the vacuum or duster when finished to make sure you’re out of your home.

Let Your Cat Take Care of Them

You may be surprised to learn that cats are great spider catchers. These four-legged friends are great hunters and won’t let a spider escape their sight without pouncing on them first.

Secure the Perimeter of Your Home

Walk around the outside of your home and look for piles of leaves, grass clippings, or wood piles. Trim large bushes or shrubs to keep them from touching your home or windows. Plants and bushes create great havens for spiders. All they need is a small crack nearby to enter.

Seal Up Cracks

As you examine the perimeter of your home, look for cracks near windowsills or doors where spiders could sneak inside. Seal cracks with caulk to keep spiders out in your garden where they belong.

The Power of Citrus and Mint

Did you know spiders hate citrus and mint? Rub citrus peels in areas spiders frequent throughout your home such as windowsills, baseboards, and ceiling corners. Lemon scented furniture polish can even do the trick.

Another method is filling a spray bottle with water and a few drops of concentrated peppermint essential oils. Spray this around your home to keep spiders out and make your home smell great.

Spray Vinegar

If you don’t have peppermint oil, vinegar does the same trick. White vinegar has a million and one uses around your house. Repelling spiders is just one of them. Fill a spray bottle with water and vinegar and spray the cracks and crevices throughout your home.

These solutions may help with average spider issues, but spider infestations may not be solved by natural home remedies alone. If you’re experiencing high numbers of spiders in your home, you may have a spider infestation. Call the professionals at Inman-Murphy to handle your spider problem so you can sleep better at night.

Don’t wait another day. Call us at 901.388.0852 or send us a message online. We’ll keep spiders out of your home for good.  

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is President of Inman-Murphy Inc., one of the fastest growing pest control companies in Memphis, TN.