Are you seeing more and more spiders and their webs around your home, in the garden shed and on you’re outside furniture? Spiders may seem like obscure creatures, only targeting small insects, but you and your family are not immune to a spider bite. But how do you get rid of spiders?
Spiders are found all over the world, from the arctic to the tropics and not all spiders are poisonous. Most are harmless, so you need to be able to tell which are and which aren’t.
Spiders are predators and need to feed on other insects to survive, if you eradicate the food source the spiders will have to look else where for their food.
So How do you Get Rid of Spiders?
Spiders love little places to hide in like windows and door crevasses. You can use draft extruders around your door ways to block entry, pick up any clothes lying around on the floor, your shoes are great little hiding spots, so try to eliminate excess mess on the floor and check your entrances are secure.
If you see any spiders indoors, you should catch them and remove them as soon as possible. Also regularly dusting and vacuuming will help keep spiders at bay in your home.
Spiders also love porch / veranda lights as this will attract all sorts of insects for them to eat, they will place there web in line for their tasty meal every evening, trying to keep those lights off as much as possible is a good idea.
Eucalyptus is a good natural fighting deterrent for spiders as they don’t like it, use leaves in cupboards or rooms and try to grow a plant in your back yard to deter the little spiders. Always wear gloves when gardening.
We have some venomous spiders such as the black widow spider, in Australia, also known as red back spider, a bite by one of these can be fatal if not treated, if bitten place an ice pack to the area, do not apply pressure, the ice will slow then venom flow in the blood. Collect the spider and seek medical attention as soon as possible..
If you are bitten by a spider, try to capture it so as to find out what it is and if it’s poisonous. You can catch the spider by sliding a glass container over the spider and slide a piece of paper under the container to catch it in , turn the container over and tap the spider into the glass, if no reaction has occurred from a spider bite after 6 hours , let the spider go in the back garden.
There are so many sprays and chemicals that are around also, even hiring fumigators is an option, but that choice is yours and needs to be thought about, such as if you have young children and how long you have to be out of your home.
The chemicals will kill off every living insect not just the spiders. And may need a series of follow up treatments. We should gain knowledge of spiders and try to live with them, as long as they stay outside of course.
Good luck with getting rid of your spider problems! If you want more solid tips on how to deal with spiders then check out Nikki Fox’s Spider Panic Guide.