Spiders can be useful, but seeing one in your house may send you running for the bug spray. Because some spiders are venomous and can be very harmful to your health, keeping your house spider free is a safe choice.
How To Keep Spiders Away
Spiders have sensors on their legs that humans might liken to taste buds. These sensors are what handle the bugs they capture in their webs to determine their edibility.
With the right spider spray repellent around doors and windows, you can cut down on the number of spiders entering your home.
Make Your Own Natural Spider Repellent With Essential Oils
There are several essential oils that repel spiders; they include lavender, cinnamon, eucalyptus and peppermint.
To make your own spider repellent, take 12 ounces of distilled water and add 5-10 drops of essential oil in any combination you prefer. To get your spider spray to cling to surfaces, also add 1/4 teaspoon of dish soap.
Because essential oils will soak easily into a plastic spray bottle, mix this in a glass spray bottle for the best scent quality.
Another option that will tell spiders to go away is to place chestnuts or hedgeapples (the fruit of the Osage Orange tree) in your windowsills.
Cedar is also unpleasant to spiders, so consider cedar mulch in your garden.
Plant A Natural Spider Barrier
The essential oils that repel spiders can also function as a living barrier against spider infestation. Plants such as lemon balm and lavender planted near your home will send spiders on their way.
Does peppermint oil repel spiders? Yes, and fresh peppermint will too! In addition, fresh peppermint can be planted as a groundcover to fill in bare patches around other landscaping, and every step will release the fragrant oil.
How To Get Rid Of Wolf Spiders
Wolf spiders are unlike other spiders in that they don’t hunt with a web. They are fast and can jump, snatching up or pouncing on their prey and paralyzing it with their venom.
Wolf spiders will slip in through the gaps around doors and windows. If you’re finding wolf spiders in your home, updating your weather stripping can help.
Setting glue traps inside your garage can help cut down on wolf spiders in and around your home. Also, confirm that leaves and other yard debris have not collected under shelves and worktables in your garage as those materials make an ideal wolf spider nest.
Should you find a wolf spider in your home, take care not to smash it as it may be carrying babies. Crushing the egg sac will release many tiny spiders into your home.
As previously stated, peppermint oil and spiders do not mix well. If you can apply the natural spider repellent described above and treat the dark corners of your garage, porch and storage sheds, you may be able to rid yourself of these spiders without having to contact an exterminator.
The bite of a wolf spider is painful but not dangerous in the long-term.
How To Get Rid Of Hobo Spiders
The bite of the hobo spider can be very dangerous. The lesion from a hobo spider bite can cause a deep ulceration that may take years to heal.
It’s important to note that the hobo spider and the brown recluse spider are often confused.
Hobo spiders are found in the Northwestern United States and Western Canada. Baiting and trapping hobo spiders are the best ways to get rid of them.
Bug-bombs have not been found to be effective against them and may actually kill off their competition and predators!
What About Brown Recluse?
Brown recluse spiders are commonly found in the central and southern Midwest.
A brown recluse bite is seldom felt by the victim, but the results can be devastating.
The wound will start out as red and itchy, but the center will pit and can become necrotic over time.
How To Get Rid Of Black Widow Spiders
While natural repellents can give you peace of mind, if you see a dangerous spider like a black widow on your property, it’s probably time to use more than a preventative.
Dusting an infestation with insecticide is a great treatment in cracks and crevices.
Poisonous Vs. Non-Poisonous Spiders
With dangerous spiders like the hobo, the brown recluse and the black widow, prevention is the best plan.
- De-clutter your garage.
- Avoid storing anything in paper or cardboard containers.
- Use plastic containers with lids that latch or seal to reduce the risk of bringing spiders into your home.
- Wear gloves when moving anything in your garage, and carry a whisk broom to brush off handles of bins and crates before you pick anything up.
If you see any poisonous spider in your home or garage, it’s critically important that you act. It would be wise to contact your local pest control agency to avoid any unwanted contact with these dangerous arachnids.
Remove as many pets and people from the area as possible and apply a dust or spray that will kill these spiders. Once you’ve applied the insecticide, leave the area to allow the product to dry or until instructions say it’s safe to return.
Cy-Kick Aerosol and Phantom Aerosol can both be used in cracks and crevices to create a toxic barrier for many types of spider that lasts up to two weeks.
Spiders can quickly go from creepy nuisance to dangerous pest. If you see spiders moving along the baseboard, whip up some essential oil spray and treat the area.
While some are helpful, the risk and danger of the poisonous varieties require us to err on the side of caution.