If you or someone you know is aggravated by arachnids, it probably seems as though they make an extra effort to appear wherever you look—in your bed, your shower, under your furniture and in every dark corner of your home. Getting rid of spiders can be as simple as making your home an uncomfortable place for spiders to live in the first place, which may be easier to do than you would imagine.
Picking Up After Yourself
While most people do pick up after themselves to an extent, what most people don’t realize is that leaving clothes and personal belongings strewn across the floor provides a safe, dark refuge for their least favorite creatures. Getting boxes, shelves and wall hooks to keep your stuff lifted up off the floor and neatly contained will help to keep spiders at bay, and to ensure that the next time you lift up your jacket/hat/shoe you won’t find a spider clinging to it.
Spiders will happily make their nearly invisible homes within your home, which have the additional function of sustaining spiders by catching food for them. You can encourage your spiders to build their webs outside your home rather than inside by running your vacuum along the places where the walls meet the ceiling and floor, which are the dark and inaccessible corners where spiders prefer to reside.
Eliminating Other Pests
Spiders thrive on one primary food source, and that food source is bugs. If you have pest problems beyond spiders, such as fruit flies, ants or fleas, these pests are probably providing spiders with all the nutrients they need to survive and thrive. Dealing with any insect infestations you may have will go a long way towards eliminating spiders. Spiders will eat both live pests and dead ones, which means that vacuuming regularly is crucial for maintaining a spider-free environment. Vacuuming will also pick up the food particles that draw other pests to your home to begin with.
Extra Steps Towards Elimination
Beyond these basic tips for spider extermination, there are additional steps you can take to ensure that spiders are as uncomfortable as possible in your home.
- Add Eucalyptus Oil – Spiders are averse to the scent of eucalyptus. Sprinkling eucalyptus oil or spreading eucalyptus leaves on your furniture, in corners and in your closet will discourage spiders from building their homes there.
- Look for Cracks in the Walls – Spiders generally don’t come in through the front door, but instead creep through from outside through cracks in your walls or floors. Sealing these with caulk will keep spiders from being invited inside by warm drafts of air.
- Give Away Old Furniture – If no-one ever sits on the moth-eaten chair in the corner, it may be time to drop it off at your local Goodwill. Spiders are happiest in dark places where they will not be disturbed, which old furniture provides a lot of.
If you maintain a clean and insect-less home, as well as taking the extra steps of perfuming it, sealing it and purging old furniture, your home should be spider-free in no time. However, if you are someone who can’t stay in your home for another second while spiders may still be in it, you can also call Green Pest today to get $50 off your first spider removal treatment.