Post # 1
We recently moved into our first home and it has an awesome screened in back porch. We’re in Florida, so it’s just starting to get to be the time of year when it will be comfortable to use it more often, but I have one big problem. SPIDERS everywhere. The spiders are long-jawed orb weavers and while they’re not dangerous, their webs are all over the ceiling and screens. I also just don’t like spiders. I’m not opposed to chemical insecticides and I tried a product called Miss Muffets Revenge which supposedly kills spiders when they come into contact with an area where it has been sprayed. Well, it worked if I sprayed it directly on the spider, but otherwise nothing. I saturated the porch in the stuff and hundreds of spiders were dead within a couple hours, but a day or two later, more spiders were back in their place. Part of this problem is that we have these midge flies that are all over the outside screens of the porch, there’s plenty of food for the spiders. These little flies don’t bite, but I can’t find anything that will repel them. I’ve sprayed the screens down with insecticide, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference.
So…. any ideas? I’ve found some tips online about different natural remedies that will deter the spiders/flies, but I want to hear what actually works. Has anybody else dealt with this?
Post # 2
If you get rid of their food, you get rid of the spiders. Hire a pest company.
Post # 3
I haven’t dealt with spiders specifically, but maybe apple cider vinegar will get rid of the flies/food? We’ve had great success with mixing up some dish soap and apple cider vinegar in a little container and then covering it up with a piece of plastic wrap with holes in the top. The cider draws the flies in, the holes let them get to the cider, the dish soap and plastic prevent them from getting back out. It’s a pain to clean out, but it’s pretty effective.
Post # 4
I would hire a pest control company to deal with the flies and spiders both.
Post # 5
Try peppermint oil. In a spray bottle, Mix 10-15 drops into 12 oz of water. Spray away.
Post # 7
using poison could inadvertently poison other animals, mainly birds (from eating the spiders).
my sister once heard that if you are diligent about sweeping the spiders and their webs out of your home and really staying on top of it, they will not come back in such great numbers. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but maybe they learn that that area is not so hospitable to them and will keep away.
Post # 8
SithLady : I don’t have a solution, but wanted to say I lived in FL for 5 years and those orb spiders are no joke! Big suckers! I only ever saw them while out hiking, thank goodness. Never in the house. Aaaahhhh! Run for your lives!!
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
I know this may sound extreme, but follow me.
My childhood home had a problem with Daddy Long Legs spiders on and around our back deck. We tried sprays, traps, you name it! My Mom is TERRIFIED of spiders…and they were starting to get into the house. My Dad pulled up a few boards of the deck during breeding time, destroyed every egg sack and replaced the earth under the deck with sand and stones. It didn’t fully solve the problem…but it dramatically cut down on them.
Post # 10
punkybrewster : countrygirll : Yes, if it comes to that, I’ll have to contact them.
concordbee : letsdothisthing : I’ll have to try these. I have heard of the peppermint oil and I do have some so that might be a good thing to try first.
MissCountryGirl727 : RedHeadKel : Haha, right? Luckily, these guys aren’t as huge as what you think of when you think orb weaver. Most are maybe an inch long including the legs. They do this weird thing where they put their legs forward so they just look like a little line. Still gross.
sporkette : That is a concern. The stuff I used before killed the spiders on the porch, so I don’t think that would be an issue given that they are inside a screened porch where birds wouldn’t be able to get to them. I have thought of just getting some native species geckos and letting them loose out there. We’ve seen a couple out there on occasion, but I’m not sure how their territories work or if they’d stay on the porch.
I’m hoping that with the weather cooling down that the midges might be reduced and that might help. The place we rented before this place was only a few mins away and didn’t have any of these issues. The porch is still usable and lovely, which is why I haven’t gone so far as hiring an exterminator, but it’d be nicer if I didn’t have to worry about spiders coming down on my head.
This is what the nasties look like.
Post # 11
- Wedding: January 2021 - City, State
My friend uses chestnuts to keep spiders at bay, it works a treat
Post # 12
snowflake8 : YUCK! Your dad is a brave soul. Luckily, these guys seem to be outdoor dwellers, I haven’t seen any in the house. I do see egg sacks occasionally on the porch though and I make sure to be rid of those.
Post # 13
SithLady : Oh yeah, that’s still gross! Blech!
Post # 14
Get a pump sprayer and purchase a chemical called deltamethrin. It’s a strong spray that kills almost any spider, but won’t have wild life. The manufacturer is Bayer health and the spray is called suspend sc.
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK
Nothing useful to add on how to get rid of them as I’m not familiar with those spiders but I had a huge phobia of spiders and went on a spider phobia course at a zoo last month. There was a woman there who slept with sheets around her bed every night covered in conkers and chestnut oil. These things don’t work but they made her feel safe. Another person crashed their car when a spider fell on their lap. At the end of the day I held a tarantula and no longer fear spiders. I actually think they are pretty amazing
Anyway…I think you’ll have to go with the proper chemicals now like PPs have suggested.