Spider Problems

Where spiders come from,
why they get into the
house, and what you
can do to get rid of 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

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

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

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

You can find these cardboard
traps at dollar stores, garden
centers and hardware stores.

Spiders in The Kitchen

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
This keeps your cupboards nice
and spicy smelling.

Spider Trap That
You Can Build

Spider trap, made from a metal
car oil can.

This is a spider trap of my ow
n design.

I built one, years ago and was
amazed at how well it trapped
the spiders and other
unwanted bugs.

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

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
the front end, 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 half a dozen tablespoon of
motor oil and place the spider
trap in a secluded place in the

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

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,.
where it is cooler.

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

An alternative is Lemon Essential

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

If you like pets, get a cat, they
love catching spiders and
eating them, it is natural for

Remember to shake out seldom
used sweaters, shoes and winter
coats before putting them on,
as this may be the home of a

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 repeat.

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

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

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 identified.

Other Spider
Immobilizing Solutions

To immobilize a spider, spray
it with extra strength hairspray or
Windex window cleaner.

A vacuum cleaner also works well.

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


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