(Closed) Getting rid of spiders?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 16
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I cannot handle spiders. Darling Husband sprays the doorways with some sort of chemical to keep them from entering, and we use peppermint oil inside the house (we have cat, so don’t want to spray toxic chemicals inside).

I’ve only encountered one spider so far, but we moved in just as it was starting to get warmer, so I’m not sure yet. 

EllyAnne :  I’ll never own a tarantular (or hold one, for that matter), but I actually find them slightly less terrifying that smaller spiders. It’s something about the skittering that I can’t handle. (I hate centipedes, as well.)

Post # 17
1592 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

EllyAnne :  I nearly caused a car accident because of my spider phobia. I was a passenger in my dad’s car, flipped the sun visor down and a huntsman spider fell in my lap. I panicked and flung the door open and jumped out while my dad was at the traffic lights.

Post # 18
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

SithLady :  We had a spider problem. Webs all over the porch and outside of the house. The vinegar mixture worked  OK. We ended up hiring a local pest company which is working well so far. The spiders are not totally gone but it’s definitely improved. 

Post # 19
7642 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Maybe it’s because I’m Australian and it gets to the point that if it’s not poisonous I don’t care… but I’d get Darling Husband to clear out the webs once a week but otherwise let a few of them be. I think I’d prefer them to the midge flies.

Post # 21
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

SithLady :  Bug Barrier. I think Home Defense and Raid have a version. That stuff works so well. We had this patio table that year after year would get infested with these red spiders and we tried everything to get rid of them. We finally hosed the table down with the bug barrier and they’ve been gone for 6 months now.

Post # 22
10650 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Our area seems to have had lots of them for a few years.  We use a spider spray, not sure of the name off hand.  Taking a peak online it might be the Raid Spider killer.

We don’t spray the whole deck, so they will happily make their webs on the backs of the attached benches and stuff but we spray by the door, chairs and BBQ (while the cover is on).

It seems to work at repelling them after killing the ones that had set up in those areas but there are lots of other places nearby for them to be which may help.

Post # 23
2318 posts
Buzzing bee

Spiders are very hard to get rid of.  You really need a year-round plan for any type of consistent results.  Fall is when they are very active and you will find them with egg sacks.  Call a pest control company to come out and spray before they get the chance to lay the eggs now.  The company you find should come out every month for the first year and every three months after that.  Then continously clean and knock down their webs.  I use essential oils to keep them away also.  I mix peppermint, orange or eculyptus oil and water and spray where they like to hangout.  Mothballs are also effective in keepin them away.  In the spring I sprinkle the crystals around the yard and keep jars of them under tables and chairs on the patio during the summer .  Do you have any trees in your yard?  They may be the source of your spiders too.  Any bushes in your yard should be kept trimmed and debugged as well.  

Post # 24
2 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

Its quite dangerous. You must get rid of them quickly.

Post # 25
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2021 - British Columbia, Canada

letsdothisthing :  Yes to peppermint essential oil! 10-20 drops into a spritz bottle with water, along all of your doorways, window frames, vents, etc. The only thing with this is it’s not good to use around pets (cats/dogs namely).

Post # 26
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2020

We’re in Australia and we get our house sprayed for spiders (and earwigs) once a year. It takes one day and lasts pretty well the whole 12 months. It makes a huge difference – we didn’t spray a couple of years back and we were completely overrun with spiders and other creepy crawlies. So definitely worth it.

Post # 27
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Spiders HATE peppermint!  I made a spray of water, peppermint extract, and dawn soap- it helped a ton when i lived in an appartment that got crazy spiders. 

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