Getting Rid of Spiders in the Home

by interior designer

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A phobia of spiders is one of the most common fears people around the world have. Getting rid of spiders in the home therefore is often a priority for many home-owners. Whilst the majority of spiders found in North America and Europe are harmless, it is best that spiders stay outdoors where they naturally belong. There are a number of ways to rid your home interior of spiders and this post will explore the options.

Getting rid of spiders in the home means making your home uninviting to spiders. One might assume that spraying insecticide will fix the problem but that is not usually the case, at least not in the long term. Once one spider has vacated an appealing area, another will soon appear to take its place.

getting-rid-of-spiders-in-the-homeSpiders like quiet, undisturbed locations in the home such as the corners of ceilings, behind furniture, beneath beds, across window panes and inside closets and cupboards. They are also good at finding ways into your house through pipes, cracks and openings. One of the most terrifying places for a person scared of spiders to find one of these creatures is climbing out of a sink or bathtub.

Now unless you find more than one or two spiders in the home at any one time, it is unlikely you will have a problem with spider infestations. Spiders, as pointed out in the preceding paragraph can wander in through a variety of ways, including on clothing, pets, bags and garden implements. if on the other hand you spot up to half a dozen in your home, then the following actions should be taken and continued thereafter.

Vacuum clean the flooring in each room regularly. Lift chairs, tables and other objects so you get at every square inch of the carpet, wooden floorboards, stone or vinyl coverings. Shake floor mats and rugs in the yard and get them as dust free as possible. In the kitchen and bathroom, mop the floor often.

Purchase dust mops and clean the ceiling corners, wall corners and behind the doors of each room, particularly those that are left open such as the doors leading to the hallway. If you store items under the beds, then buy sliding storage containers or boxes that will provide sealed areas for the various bits and pieces. Spiders like hiding in old clothing, shoes and toys.

spider-get-rid-ofReplace cardboard boxes with plastic boxes which are available to buy very cheaply. I like these better than the cardboard versions for they look better and they last a lot longer. They are also more spider proof and not as attractive as the card variety. Spiders love cardboard boxes like children love ice cream.

I am absolutely terrible at throwing anything out or giving anything away. I am a hoarder extraordinaire. However, if you’re committed to getting rid of spiders in the home, then a good spring clean and clear out is necessary. This is because spiders love to make their homes in the clutter inside your wardrobes, closets and wherever else you stockpile things you rarely use. Sell unwanted shoes, clothes or picture frames on ebay or give them to your local charity store.

Getting rid of spiders in the home will never be foolproof. You’ll always find one of the ugly little buggers somewhere in the house, having come in via an unassuming cat or open window. When you do come face to face with a spider, don’t kill it! Spiders are wonderful for your garden and do an excellent job of killing pests that adore to ravage your best plants. Find a glass, place it upside down over the spider and slide a piece of paper underneath. Secure the spider on the paper so it cannot fall out and take the cup outside. Release the spider on a plant, tree or over the fence.

If you follow these basic rules then your house should become as spider free as can be realistically expected. Getting rid of spiders in the home is not difficult and will prevent unpleasant meetings from taking place when opening a cupboard or putting on a shoe. The less spiders, the less damage to a husband’s hearing from the resulting shrieks of terror.

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