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Pest Control: Spiders

Why Do This?

The main reason that spiders enter a house is because they want food. They eat insects, so if you have a spider problem, you also probably have a lot of insects around for them to feed on. So, it might be good that spiders are in your house, and maybe you should be focusing your energy on fighting insects, instead! With that in mind, we know that these eight-legged creatures don’t make great houseguests. Get rid of them with these tips.

Difficulty:
Time: 30 minutes

What You'll Need

  • tube of caulk
  • scraper or putty knife
  • spoon or popsicle stick
  • vacuum cleaner

How To:

  1. 1

    Begin your spider banishment quest by checking your house for cracks in the basement walls and window casings. Spiders can either sneak in through these cracks or are hanging out inside them right now, so sealing these areas is a powerful spider deterrent.

  2. 2

    It’s time to caulk the cracks. First, remove old caulk with a scraper or putty knife. Then, load a caulking gun with a tube of high-quality caulk. Find cracks between the window trim and siding and apply a bead of caulk. Smooth it out with a spoon or popsicle stick and let it dry.

  3. 3

    Use insecticide, but not on your spiders. These eight-legged creatures may creep you out like insects, but they aren’t insects (they’re arachnids). This means that insecticide doesn’t work on them. But insecticide does work on insects, which spiders find delicious. So if you kill the insects, the spiders will leave.

  4. 4

    Grab your vacuum cleaner and use the wand attachment. Go all around your house, and vacuum every nook and cranny on full blast. It’s best to empty your vacuum bag before you start so that you have really good suction. Make sure to get your entire basement, all corners, your crown molding, behind furniture and under couch cushions. Sucking up every single piece of dust in your house will remove most spiders, insects and insect eggs. Note: This also includes the nooks and crannies under and inside furniture. So get in there and clean your cabinet corners and the area beneath your dining room table.

  5. 5

    Reduce clutter in your house, because spiders love to spin their webs and hide in dirty areas. If your kitchen has a spider problem, read: De-Clutter Your Kitchen.

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