Spiders & Are They Welcome Visitors In Your Home?
Many people have a genuine fear of spiders and will avoid them at all costs. But finding refuge inside our homes seems to be the common aim of many varieties of spiders and they will do whatever it takes to get in.
While spiders are generally not a toxic problem here in the UK, I know that it can be a different matter in the USA. You can find a chart to identify those spiders that are venomous on this chart.
Nevertheless, I am always shocked when those who dislike spiders just kill these intruders without a second thought.
Before we share the ways to keep your home spider-free, you might like to read how spiders can be our friends too.
Spiders have their advantages
1. Most important of all, they keep our homes pest free and do us a great favor by being a natural form of pest control, trapping and eating flies and mosquitoes among other insects.
2. Even in the garden, they will keep down those insects that might cause damage to special plants.
3. Their wonderful webs can be beautiful to look at especially when they are outdoors.
4. And finally, they are more scared of you than you should be of them!
Rescuing or removing spiders
I find that spiders have a habit of getting trapped in the empty bathtub from which there is no escape for them. Use a cup to catch and pop them outside the window.
If you need to remove a spider from anywhere else and you are a bit squeamish or worried that he might be a poisonous spider, a glass is useful because he will not see it coming and you can pop it over him and slide a piece of card underneath the glass to trap him and safely remove him outdoors.
There are 8 kind ways to keep spiders out of your home
1. Essential oils are a great natural way because spiders are repelled by strong scents. Add 15 drops of tea tree essential oil to a spray bottle filled with water and spritz around the house. Instead of tea tree, you can also use lavender or lemon essential oils.
2. Vinegar is an alternative remedy. Fill a spray bottle with half white vinegar and half water and spray in corners, cracks and crevices to ward off spiders. Just be careful to avoid varnished surfaces as vinegar can be harsh on them.
3. Rub citrus peel along along skirting boards, window ledges and bookshelves.
4. Another idea is to use lemon-scented cleaners and furniture polish or to burn citronella candles.
5. There is an old wives tale that spiders are repelled by the conkers that come from the horse chestnut tree. The easiest way to use them is to fill a few bowls and place them in different rooms of the house. Many people swear by this method as a spider deterrent. We have a large horse chestnut growing and a huge annual crop of conkers. So I always take advantage of them. It does seem to work.
6. Spiders like to have places to hide and one of the best ways to prevent this is by keeping your house clean and tidy. If you use plastic storage containers instead of cardboard boxes in those little used areas, these are harder for spiders to crawl into. Regular dusting and vacuuming will get rid of unwanted webs.
6. Spiders hide in areas on and close to your exterior walls before making their way indoors. Creepers on the walls make great hiding places. The “fall” is the optimum time for spiders to look for hiding places so check door openings and window ledges for any cracks and seal these with caulk. If it is really important to you, fix torn window screens and cover vents and chimneys with fine mesh.
7. If you plant a eucalyptus tree in the garden, the strong medicinal scent will repel spiders. But if space is limited, plant mint or lavender underneath or close to windows as the strong smell will encourage spiders to keep away.
8. Outdoor lights attract insects that that spiders feast on so turning these off can be another way to discourage spiders from coming close to your home.
You can choose to share your home with spiders or you can make the effort to dissuade them from coming in. It is up to you!