Spider Problems

Where spiders come from,
why they get into the
house, and what you
can do to get rid of them.


How to get rid of spiders
in your home,
without the use of poisons.

Why Spiders Come
Into a Home,

Spiders come in all sizes
and can find their way into
your home.

When they are outside,
they are beneficial, because
they eat other insects.

Spiders are always on
the lookout for new food
sources. When they enter
the home and remain,
it is because they are
finding food sources, such
as other insects or crumbs,
and sweet food left around.

A good vacuuming twice
a week does wonders to
help control pests in the

Spiders love untidy rooms
that provide all kinds of
places to hide.

Where to Check

Check to make sure outside
doors close properly,
check that windows without
screens are not left open.

If screens are in place,
check the screens, for
holes, and proper fit.

Check around the foundation
of the house for entry spots,
check around vents; make
sure they are sealed.

Look for any space, that
insects are able to enter
into the home.

Before you bring boxed
items, from the outside, or
garage, into the house,
check to make sure that
no spiders are inside.

Cardboard is a wood
product and spiders love

Trapping Spiders

Rather than use poisons,
you might want to try
sticky spider traps.
You can buy these flat sticky
cardboard traps and place
them out of the way under

Spiders seem to travel
near the walls, so a good
location to place traps is
along the walls.

Mice glue traps also trap

You can also staple the
traps, they are white
and blend in to ceilings
and walls.

Lay a few in the attic,
crawlspaces or under

Remember that the spiders
may still be alive when
you do the cleanup.

You can find these cardboard
traps at dollar stores, garden
centers and hardware stores.

Spiders in The Kitchen

To keep spiders out of kitchen
cupboards, place whole cloves
in a small container like a
bottle cap towards back
of shelf.

All insects hate the smell of
This keeps your cupboards
nice and spicy smelling.

Spider Trap That
You Can Build

Spider trap, made from a
metal car oil can.

This is a spider trap of
my own design.

I built one, years ago
and was amazed at how
well it trapped the spiders
and other unwanted bugs.

Spiders like to venture
into cracks and dark cave
like places.

The spiders enter the can
and eventually head
downhill to explore further,
once its legs touch the
oil at the back of the can it is
quickly pulled into the oil,
drowning the spider.

The oil does not evaporate
and will stay workable for
a long time.

I recommend empting the
can with spiders, once a
Sooner, if you have a big
problem with spiders.

Then all you have to do is
add some new oil, any oil
will do.
Four or five tablespoons
will do.

Home Made Spider Trap

To build one of these traps
you need a can, small
board, block and some nails.

One nail at the top of the can
will do. Place a small block
at the front end, this causes
the oil to stay at the lower
level of the can.

Center the can onto
the board.

See Picture and
Nail in Place.

Add half a dozen tablespoon
of motor oil and place the
spider trap in a secluded
place in the basement.

The motor oil gives off a
faint amount of oil fumes
inside the can which helps
to get rid of the spider.

This trap presents no
threat to pets.

Place it where children will
not be playing with it, they
could dump out the oil
and make a mess.

Home built spider trap
Spider Trap

Understanding Spiders

Spiders like to hide.
Spiders love wood and
cardboard boxes.

Replace cardboard and
wood storage boxes, with
plastic containers.

Cardboard boxes and paper
bags have glue that roaches
and spiders thrive on and
are often infested with eggs,
ready to hatch.

Spiders do not like heat,
spiders are cold blooded, as
it gets hot outside, they will
try to find ways to enter into
your house, where it
is cooler.

Spiders have taste buds
on the tips of their legs,
and because they hate the
taste of lemon it makes
sense to dust your
windowsills and doorframes
with Lemon Pledge.

Lemon pledge is associated
with rashes and allergies
to some people.

An alternative is Lemon
Essential Oil.

Bathrooms seem to be
a favorite spot for spiders
because a water source
is available.

Remove unwanted vegetation
and clutter away from the
foundation of the house, to
discourage spiders near the

If you like pets, get a cat,
they love catching spiders
and eating them, it is
natural for them.

Remember to shake out
seldom used sweaters,
shoes and winter coats
before putting them on,
as this may be the home
of a spider.

Most spiders life cycle,
is through the spring and
summer, then die off
in the fall.

Some spiders can live
for a couple of years.
Spiders eggs will hatch
in the spring, and the
life cycle will repeat.

Spiders are attracted to
places where food is in
Spiders feed on other
Remove these insects
and the spider cannot stay.

Lighted outside porch lights
attract all kinds of insects
and in turn attract spiders.

A regular light bulb is in
the blue light spectrum
that attracts bugs.
Changing the light bulb
to a sodium type bulb
will help keep bugs away.

Sodium type bulbs also
use less power.

As the season become colder,
the spiders next step is to
enter the house, under
doors, open doors and open
windows with no screens..

Spider Bites

Most spiders are not aggressive
and bite only when they are
protecting their eggs or when
hurt such as being trapped
against the skin inside clothing.

If you are bitten, follow these
first aid steps.

Use an antiseptic to treat the
site of the bite, to prevent

Apply ice to the site of the
bite to reduce pain and

If serious symptoms develop
such as increasing pain or
swelling from bites of
dangerous spiders, consult
a physician.

If possible, bring the spider
to the physicians office.

Effective antivenins are
available, but most can only
be used if the spider that
inflicted the bite is positively

Other Spider
Immobilizing Solutions

To immobilize a spider,
spray it with extra strength
hairspray or Windex window

A vacuum cleaner also
works well.

Fresh chestnuts work to
repel spiders.
The pungent orange scent of
hedge apples also repels the
spiders. Spiders hate
furniture spray.


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