How to get rid of the spiders?!

missloriSeptember 8, 2006

I love my old house, but so do spiders. My finished basement in particular seems full of spiders, but I also see them all over the house. I know Fall seems to send them indoors a bit more than other times of the year, but I just don't want them! It's bad enough they spin their webs outside all over my porch. Any suggestions on how to rid my house of spiders?

Thanks all.

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A long acting insecticide with Pyrethrums.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2006 at 9:58PM
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Is there a particular brand or product I should look for that contains Pyrethrums?

    Bookmark   September 9, 2006 at 12:04AM
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Can you try to reduce the breeding population by taking your vacuum (with the crevace attachment) to every nook and cranny you can find?
Removing some adults may tip the balance of power in your house, allowing other predators (centipedes, other spiders) to get a leg up on eating all those new babies.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2006 at 10:39AM
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I've had good luck with a product Suspend SC I've attached a link

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to Suspend SC

    Bookmark   September 9, 2006 at 11:09AM
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I strongly encourage to find a way other than the use of pesticides, for various reasons: 1) they eventually find their way into the ground water, 2) if you have children and/or pets, and 3) they are destructive to other wildlife.

Here are a couple of links that might give you some ideas. Good luck!

    Bookmark   September 9, 2006 at 3:05PM
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Pyrethrums are derived from a daisy.
There is no evidence they get into ground water since they are not that persistent.
Very few insecticides are persistet enough to get into ground water. Surface water contamination from runoff is a far more likely occurance.
Somce the OP wil be using the item on the inside of an unfinished basement, the odds of any runoff are very small.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2006 at 5:53PM
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I do agree that pyrethrums are far less toxic than a lot of stuff. I think it's best, however, to always try to avoid insecticides or pesticides, if at all possible. If all else fails, of course, then perhaps the less toxic of them should be considered.

Here's more info (attached).

Here is a link that might be useful: Pesticides

    Bookmark   September 9, 2006 at 6:23PM
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We once moved into a house that had spider webs just dripping all over the basement. I tried vacuuming, but it didn't solve the problem. I got desperate one day and got a can of House and Garden type bug spray and sprayed it allover the walls, corners and assorted crevices of my basement, shut the door and left it alone for the rest of the day. After that I never had much of a spider problem in the house.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2006 at 6:38PM
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"Pesticides fr the Garden" is not exactly very applicable to interior home use pesticides.
Just because the pesticide is 'natural' does not make it any safer for long term close exposure to humans.
A numner of times companies have tried to bring 'natural' materials into compliance with all the government rules and found they can produce many unintended consequences.
A famous case occured in Germany when a paint vendor tried to use tuprntine to replace mineral spirits. The number of employee reactions to the turpentine (derived from pine trees by boiling) was so high they shelved the whole program (and paint thinner is not exactly a 'pure' chemical either).

    Bookmark   September 10, 2006 at 9:15AM
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I'm surprised no one came to the defense of the spiders. I can understand not wanting them in the house, but they're such beneficial critters. Andspeaking as someone who used to be absolutely terrified of themÂthey're so interesting! Years ago I read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard, and it changed the way I thought about a lot of things, spiders included.

I scoop spiders up with an empty one-quart yogurt container and put them outside. My house, too, attracts a lot of them, so this takes some time. But it's worth it to me not to kill them.


    Bookmark   September 10, 2006 at 10:45PM
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I know this is irrational, but I think they're vile creatures.

I grew up on a hot, dusty mountainside in northern California, populated by black widows and scorpions (technically not spiders, but part of the whole nasty parcel).

After being constantly vigilant for so many years, I can't think of them as "beneficial."

There's a fat, leggy, evil one at our house that has been known to build webs overnight right over the door, so you walk smack into it when you leave the house.

Ugh. I feel all goose-pimply just thinking about it...

    Bookmark   September 11, 2006 at 12:01AM
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i've periodically sprayed chlordane around my home with excellent success keeping things from coming in esp. in the fall, however for most people finding chlordane will be impossible these days.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2006 at 5:59AM
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...for most people finding chlordane will be impossible these days

The EPA has BANNED chlordane. I would hope it's hard to find. It does not dissolve easily in water and can stay in the soil for 20 years.

"Chlordane affects the nervous system, the digestive system, and the liver in people and animals. Headaches, irritability, confusion, weakness, vision problems, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and jaundice have occurred in people who breathed air containing high concentrations of chlordane or accidentally swallowed small amounts of chlordane. Large amounts of chlordane taken by mouth can cause convulsions and death in people."

They're only spiders, for crying out loud. As nasty as they can be (or perceived to be) it's not like they're cockroaches or termites. Amazing how people will jeopardize their own (and their neighbors') health because spraying stuff all over the place is the easy solution.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2006 at 12:28PM
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In my garden I take the "live and let live" approach to spiders - it was their home first, after all. However, in my home I am merciless - any spider who crosses my threshold is guaranteed to eventually meet The Boot. No poisons for this gal though.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2006 at 9:02PM
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We are doing major rneovations, so maybe it's the constant movements in the house!

But once we cleaned, and got rid of a lot of old (and I mean old, dirty worn out) carpets, and have replaced the crumbling plaster... the spiders have almost gone!

Although I let one live in our bedroom and the bathroom since I saw a TON of mosquitoes in their webs!!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2006 at 2:20PM
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This is an interesting topic--my husband would think it hilarious. I hate spiders--grew up in Missouri where nearly every spider was a brown recluse (fiddle spiders are quite poisonous and can cause severe tissue necrosis and scarring) and thus I usually squash first and ask questions later. My husband carries them outside much to my chagrine. I usually vacuum them up because I hesistate to spray anything or leave bait that can hurt my children or pets. Just last week I found the BIGGEST black widow I had ever seen while cleaning the front porch. After I stopped freaking out--I smashed her! Good luck!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2006 at 7:10PM
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"In my garden"

The OP has them in the house.
Do you take the same "live and let live" tact there?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2006 at 8:15PM
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The rest of the post reads: "However, in my home I am merciless...."

Thanks to all who have given me advice on how to rid my house of spiders (i.e. kill them). I don't care how beneficial they are in nature, I don't want ANY insects in my home. Period.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2006 at 9:56PM
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Did you know that spiders will continue to live inside the vacuum cleaner? It freaked me out when I learned that.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2006 at 8:37AM
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"In my garden"

The OP has them in the house.
Do you take the same "live and let live" tact there?

I sure do. I even have brown recluses in my house, but by their very nature, they're reclusive. I'm just very careful when I reach into storage boxes or places where they might be hiding. Spiders are as beneficial inside a home as out, if you consider killing flies and other nasties as beneficial as I do.

I stopped spraying poisons inside my home and around the perimeter, and now I have lots of lizards and at least one fat happy toad hanging around outside near the house. They're my exterminators now.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2006 at 11:45AM
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How about using hedge balls? They are in the produce section of the grocery store and seem to be very effective in the decrease of spiders. Good luck.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 8:21AM
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I wonder if like those flea bombs they have would work??

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 4:17PM
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There is a spray called SpiderBan. Works well to keep them out of the veranda.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2006 at 4:52PM
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On another board I frequent the same question was asked and several posters recommended using Lemon Pledge...of course that means doing some dusting but maybe not a bad tradeoff if it works!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2006 at 5:58PM
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I'm scared to death of spiders, so I cannot vaccume them up.
I normally spray them with Raid (indoor safe) & run. LOL

    Bookmark   October 14, 2006 at 11:11PM
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I remember something about spiders building webs where there is air infiltration. Does anyone know if this is true? It would make lots of sense in my house.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2006 at 5:41AM
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Quite by accident, I discovered that the flea spray used for homes also got rid of spiders. It's the type that prevents flea eggs from hatching, but it seems to prevent other insects from hatching, as well. It has certainly reduced the spider population in my home, and now I rarely see a web in my basement. The best place to get this stuff is from a veterinarian. It's an aerosol and all you need to do is spray a fine mist on the surfaces.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2006 at 8:24PM
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As I sat here reading what to do and what not to do a spider gently dropped from the ceiling right between my legs. A long legged white looking monster as he decended. Oh my gosh---what should I do now, can't use cloridane, don't know where the lemon pledge is, my boot is in the other room and the vaccum is put away. What am I to do? Well as I ponder all these suggestions from above, that little spider crawled off to safer place. But still, what should I do knowing there is a spider lurking in my midst? Think I might just get up and get another cup of coffee knowing he is safe hiding in the dust bunnies and will probably return in a day or two to amuse me once again. Come to think of it , I wonder what he thought I looked like as he went by, I wonder if I wonder how scarry I was? No wonder he ran!! WOW

    Bookmark   October 16, 2006 at 7:51AM
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I noticed all the spiders outside have disappeared,but where did they go? Has the cold at night killed them? Are they burrowed underground? Or have they all found entrance into my house and they're living in the walls? I saw two spiders inside, my cat likes to "play" with them. I squashed those 2.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2006 at 10:06AM
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I bought some sticky pest strips at the grocery store. They are about 4" wide by 8" long. You peel off the face and lay them on the ground. They have some type of super duper sticky stuff on them. The spiders, crickets, or whatever crawl on and can't get loose.

I put 4 in our unfinished basement last Friday and this morning I looked at them and there are probably 10 spiders and 20 crickets on them. My mother said she caught a field mice on hers Saturday.

Whatever that sticky stuff is, it works! You just throw the strip away when it's full. They weren't very expensive, maybe $2.00 for 4.

I hate squishing spiders, so this works for me!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 2:15PM
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Nat Geographic channel was running a show, maybe still is - spiders, the dark side. I had it going in the background and spiders have an amazing number of offspring. One of the kills mentioned was hair spray.

Glue them to their web.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2006 at 10:16AM
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HEDGE BALLS seem to be the answer. The first few years in our old house were rodent and critter free. I forgot that I had done that and as the years have gone by I have plenty of spiders. I've been able to get them from our grocery store. You put them where critters would come in. They are good even when they turn brown. They cost a dollar each. As far as I am concerned they are so worth it. I'll be buying them out when I find them again for my home and camper. Speaking of spiders- last year I'd seen a critter- I think it was a spider - it looked like a clump of mud that comes off the bottom of your shoe about 1/2 inch- a little girl tried to pick it up and it moved. I freaked out and squashed it then threw it in the toilet. I'm not crazy-it had legs! Anyone ever see a critter like that?

    Bookmark   October 24, 2006 at 10:49AM
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Since I garden and love the beneficial spiders, all I did was go around and spray Great Stuff in all holes/gaps in the basement. Amazing how I don't have any spiders anymore inside the house.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2006 at 7:09PM
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We don't mind spiders in the house. We leave the ones alone that are in the basement, etc. We even photograph them.

All spiders are predators. They eat insects and similar organims. If they don't eat, they die. If your house does not contain a tasty menu for spiders, they will not be there. Think of a pair of of mice in the house... either add or take away a cat. More mice or less mice a month after you remove the cat?

If you have no spiders then your house is even more full of hundreds of other creepy crawlers you don't see. They are in your bed, shoes, and every niche of your house. Most species of spiders are too small to notice and so are most bugs. Start spraying for spiders and your home has an explosion of bad your hair, in your food. Spiders are good guys.

How do you think that 'big' spider got big?

    Bookmark   October 26, 2006 at 10:21AM
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WHAT is a Hedge Ball????

Also, if you aspire to vacuum up your spiders, drop a moth ball in your vacuum cleaner bag. They won't stay alive in there for long. Nasty, but it works. (A tip from our local vet.)

    Bookmark   October 29, 2006 at 10:16PM
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They are actually called hedge apples.

I picked up over 150 of them off of our lawn from our neighbors tree.

Supposedly their benefit in deterring spiders in controversial.

check out

and my favorite web site on the matter ....

    Bookmark   October 30, 2006 at 10:52AM
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The best way to control insects is to change the environment. And since your problem is interior, changing an interior environment is not difficult. Spiders eat other insects and removing the food source will also remove the spiders. We had a spider problem in our basement and I just cleaned the heck out of the basement which took me about a week. I cleaned everything, vacuuming every nook and cranny and blocking up any crevices. We've had very few spiders since the initial cleaning.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2006 at 9:20AM
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I am sweating after reading all these posts (really!). I can't believe I got through it. I hate spiders. They flip me out. I got a bite in my sleep on my eyelid while on vacation and it got infected. It was just awful. A neighbor of mine suggested placing cedar balls in my window sills (between the screen and the glass) so they don't come in.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2006 at 10:59PM
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I saw a t.v. program a few years ago that said you are never more than 6 feet away from a spider. I don't know if I believe that, but it sure is creepy to think about.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2006 at 12:03AM
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I knew an old lady who swallowed a mouse...she swallowed the mouse to catch the spider....
Sorry...I couldn't resist.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2007 at 8:59PM
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This might sound funny but spiders hate the smell of citrus, throw some oranges and lemons down on the basement floor. It works.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2007 at 2:09AM
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On another note, how we should feel about/treat spiders is addressed in David Quammen's short essay, "The Face of a Spider." I highly recommend it.

I agree alpiner: spiders ARE good guys. And we humans are far too quick to launch into KILL mode when we see insects of any kind. This is the result of the lack of an ecological education, for which we--and the planet--have all suffered.

Just my $.02

    Bookmark   January 9, 2007 at 2:29AM
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Hedgeballs DO NOT work. I bought some at the supermarket and put one on a window ledge. A spider actually weaved a web attaching one end to the hedgeball! How's that for a deterrent? Duh.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 12:12PM
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We too have the sticky traps..I have one under each dresser and under each bed. I have only caught a few little spiders yet!! But I dont see too many spiders in our house, but outside we have tons of black widows. Sorry to say, when we see a black widow she gets smooshed!!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2008 at 9:08PM
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Posted by corgilvr (My Page) on Sun, Oct 15, 06 at 5:41

I remember something about spiders building webs where there is air infiltration. Does anyone know if this is true? It would make lots of sense in my house.

Yes it is true.
If you have spiderwebs at ceiling moldings, there is a gap
between the wall and ceiling behind the molding.
If you have spiderwebs in your return air chase ..air movement, usually allowing air to bypass the filter and dirtying the coil.
Recessed cans that have spiderwebs are Insulation Contact
and not air tight.
Leaky houses are more costly to heat and cool IAQ is bad.
Sealing leakage makes homes more affordable to live in.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 3:22PM
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Probably too late for the original poster but
trees harbor a lot of spiders
if you are on a really wooded lot with lots of trees all around and
fairly close to the house changes are you will have more spiders than
a house sitting in the middle of a field with no vegetation anywhere around it
I don't find that last particularly inviting but too many trees don't work for me either because of the spider issue.
If you have a lot of spiders inside, and a lot of vegetation and trees close to the house, you might want to think about judicially taking out a little of the vegetation and/or trees until you get to a more "balanced" place.
I also agree with the periodic thorough move around and clean everything in the basement, on the porch and in the attic to decrease your spider activity.

MHO - sticky traps should be banned.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2008 at 9:42AM
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You can use an empty spray bottle to create a spider repellent. Then all you need is water, an essential oil, you can pick which oil you use. Its your home, so choose your favorite fragrance! Suggestions for essential oils are tea tree oil, cinnamon, lavender or peppermint. Youll also need an ounce of Neem oil per bottle you create. This oil is not difficult to come across and can be easily purchased from health food stores or online.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 12:11PM
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I'm not sure what possesses people such as monteduncan to sign on to Gardenweb and pull up a thread that has been dormant for almost two years and post on it, but to save everyone the bother of clicking on his link, here is what it says:
Spiders get into our homes all the time, and every time all homeowners moan and find it difficult to get rid of them again especially after they have laid their eggs. Spiders are extremely keen in coming back especially during the winter months as they dont like living in the cold outside and thanks to their small size, getting in is a very simple task. If you want to learn how to kill spiders, then keep reading.

There are lots of different ways to kill spiders or eliminate them from your home. Often when someone first sees a spider in their home, youll try to hit it or smack it. I cannot stress enough the reasons as to why you shouldnt do this, the spiders will not necessarily be killed. They will just fall to the floor, walk along to another place and make a web there thus increasing the spider egg count in your home. This is not how to kill spiders.

One of the best ways of killing spiders is to use the vacuum cleaner. Although this sounds extremely cliché, it does work as it eliminates the web and the eggs as well as the spider itself. After sucking the offender into the vacuum cleaner, empty it and throw the bag away otherwise you may find that the eggs will continue to hatch inside and then youll be horrified when baby spiders begin emerging from your vacuum hose!

Another way of killing spiders is by using an all natural essential oil spray, this choice is popular with many as the spray also makes your home smell nice. The essential oil used within the spray can be any of your choice, it makes no difference, spiders dislike all of them and are suffocated by the smell of any. Just mix the essential oil with water in a spray bottle and spray around your home where spiders may get in.

By keeping your home dust free and cleaning regularly should prevent spiders from coming to your home in the first place, but if this doesnt work then resorting to killing them is best. You should know have better knowledge on how to kill spiders. Good Luck!

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Natural Spider Repellent

Spiders are one of the yearly problems which everyone dreads, unless of course you like them! But generally no one enjoys seeing great big daddy long legs creeping around the corner of the room! Not only are the a common phobia to many, there are also an allergy to many, and some can fall very ill from them.

You may be wondering "I wish there was a way to keep them out!" well luckily, there is and you can create a spider repellent from the comfort of your own home, meaning very little cost!

* The materials you will need to create a successful spider repellent is an empty spray bottle. These are easy to find, you could use an empty kitchen spray bottle.
* Youll need water, which is free from the tap!
* An essential oil, you can pick which oil you use. Its your home, your fragrance! Ideas for essential oils are tea tree oil, cinnamon, lavender or peppermint.Youll also need an ounce of Neem oil per bottle you create. Neem oil is a vegetable oil pressed from the seeds of Neem, hence giving it the name. this oil is not difficult to come across and can be easily purchased from health food stores of online if you dont want to leave the house!

Now, you have your ingredients. Start by putting the ounce of Neem oil in, then add some of your favourite essential oil. Finish by filling with water and shaking well. You now need to take a walk around your home and figure out which areas need spraying and which dont, take note of where the spiders may be coming in and take note of where their webs are. Now youve established this, you need to clean up the webs. You shouldnt just spray them as itll look unsightly and youll end up just having wet spider webs instead of dry ones. You can clean up spider webs quickly and easily by simply hovering them up.

Once this is done, you are free to spray! You can spray as much as you like of this stuff, its not harmful to humans or pets as its completely natural. So go ahead and de-spider your home today!

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How to Get Rid of Spiders from Your Home

Spiders have been the most feared insect for a very long time. Even though most spiders are harmless, is is not enough reason to not try to get these creepy insects out of the house and keep them out. The best way to get rid of spiders from your home is to kill the insects it feeds on. The number of spiders in your home is directly proportional to the amount of insects is has to eat. Once their food source starts disappearing, then they will go away. So take a good look at your home and try to eliminate other insects in the home first. That way you can prevent more spiders from entering the house.

The types of spider that you should worry about are the ones that are harmful to humans if bitten. If you really want to get rid of spiders in your home, a combination of pesticides and keeping your home sanitary will take care of them. If you are only using pesticides, but keep your home a favorable place for spiders to live, then they will not be very effective. First you are going to want to eliminate cracks and spaces that spiders get though to enter your home by caulking them. Also make sure all of the screens are sealed and the doors are kept tight (this comes with the added bonus of better temperature control for your home). Another reason the people get spiders in there home is by moving boxes and other objects from the garage into the home. Always be careful with what you bring into the house; spiders love boxes and other types of dark storage.

Insecticides can be used to control spiders when sprayed in the corners of walls and other places where spiders tend to breed. Since spiders help control the population of other insects, it is best practice to only treat for spider inside your home. It would be wise to leave the garden and outside areas alone unless you see one of the few harmful spiders such as the brown recluse or black widow.

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    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 7:16PM
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This book is out of print, but might be of interest to some readers of this thread:

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 1:37PM
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I hate to contribute to thread necromancy but it's pretty important to note that some essential oils can eat into paint, plastic and other finishes. Know what you're using before you start gaily spraying it around your house!

Also, neem oil is pretty universally recognized to absolutely reek.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2010 at 1:34PM
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I had read somewhere that if you put an unlit citronella candle in a shed or garage or room, the spiders will clear out. I tried it in my shed and it worked great. Now I stock up on these candles every summer when I find good deals on them. I think it follows along the lines of the citrus scent that they don't like. Obviously this will only work in an enclosed area and not outside.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 7:22AM
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I have to reiterate on what one of the above posters said, neem oil smells sooooo bad. I bought a bottle once to use outdoors on some petunias that had bugs....I couldn't even use it, didn't care if it worked or not, the smell was making me gag. Threw it away, a full bottle. Yuk.

As for spiders, I generally kill them. I know they keep other bug populations down, but I live in a very wooded area, and if I were to just let everything be, we would be overrun with critters. And, I am one of those people who has that unnatural fear of them, I see one and my heart rate goes up, my whole body goes into that fight or flight mode. THey say it is a learned fear, that at a very young age you witness someone else reacting that way to a spider, and you become the same way. And also, I am surprised that so few people have mentioned spider bites. Nasty, and not something you want to risk. And it doesn't have to be by a black widow or recluse spider, you don't want ANY spider to bite you.

Another observation I have made, years ago I lived in an apartment that for some reason had a population of huge spiders living in it....big brown spiders, not the kind with webs, but the kind that just wander around hunting. The strange thing was that I would only see them really late at night, like if I got up to use the bathroom at 3am...leaving me to conclude that they like it dark and quiet when they go out a-wandering. Now that REALLY creeps me out. While we lived there my boyfriend had something bite him on the foot, he needed antibiotics, it was a nasty bite. The Dr said it was probably a spider bite.

And, one more thing - at the risk of this being so long - if you keep your house clean and are regularly moving things to sweep and vacuum around them, most spiders will leave, they don't like to be disturbed all the time.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2010 at 8:22AM
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Okay, so after reading all these posts I am totally creeped out and keep thinking I'm feeling things crawling on me!

That said, I have a problem. I am deathly afraid of spiders. I am also moving in 3 weeks and have a basement full of old, empty boxes and old, *full* boxes I need to go through, and lots and lots of spiders. I am so scared to even enter our storage room, but I'm going to have to do this very soon.

What will *honestly* work best for getting in there and getting the creepy spiders out of there before I have to go through these boxes? The boxes have been sitting stacked up in the super cluttered corners of the basement for two years. I can't bug bomb because there's so much stuff in there that would get all gross and covered in pesticide goo...

Any suggestions? PLEASE HELP!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2010 at 3:41PM
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Listen here... Quit this pansy love the earth BS. Do you wan spiders crawling all over your kids giving them spider bites in their sleep?? What if its of the more poisonous kind? What you need to do is clean your house really well. Then patch any holes, cracks, ect. Then go out and buy yourself a bunch of the most potent BUG BOMBS you can find in your area. Your kids and pets will be fine as long as you don't forget to take them out of the house! Cover all food, blankets, ect. Clean your carpets, and walls ect. Also find the cause for the spider/bug infestation. Was the house empty for a long time, lights attracting bugs? Then lastly buy a bug repellent. Spiders can bit in your sleep and also scare your children. Quit being lame and take the time to do it right. (Sorry I just think a lot of people are giving bad advise.)

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 1:51AM
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Oh for goodness sake. This is needlessly alarmist. The chance of being bitten by a spider is not that large to begin with, and the risk of a poisonous one is very slight.

It is not "pansy love the earth BS" to save the toxic chemicals for situations where they're really needed. It's about staying healthy. We all absorb quite enough of that stuff as it is.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 12:53AM
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ADozen, the trick is to avoid situations like that in the first place... and I have no idea how to do bug bombs and stuff like that as I guess I am Pansy and don't do chemicals.

However, I use plastic bags a lot (I can recycle them where I live, so don't start on me...). If I have to store something in a spidery place, it goes in a large clear plastic garbage bag. If I am afraid it has spiders on it, I put it in a big plastic bag to carry it, take it outside, and go through it there.


    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 9:51PM
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My approach is, if the spider is pale green or sandy colored, it's okay (it's just a "house spider," totally harmless to humans, and a helpful eater of bugs). However, if it is brown or dark gray or black, then there's a chance it's a recluse or black widow, and I am not going to spend the time with a magnifying glass figuring out whether it is or not. Those spiders are either dead or, if I can conveniently scoop them up in a container, they get put outside.

I've never seen a jumping spider in the house, but those would not be tolerated either, because something about a spider leaping around just ooks me out. :-)

I can't imagine voluntarily living in an area where scorpions, tarantulas and what have you could be found in one's house. Yikes!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 10:58AM
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If spiders do not like odoriferous things, then does the old fashioned (and cheap) MOTH BALL do the job too?

During the winter, I had all of my container plants on our enclosed/heated sunporch. There were about four anoles (little lizards) who spent the winter there as well. I'm sure those anoles got really fat eating whatever insect showed up.

Also, every other month, I have my bug man come and spray the house and its exterior with pyrethrin, which is safe after it dries for animals. I have parrots, so I am careful with what they are exposed to. This has done the trick for me for the last 20 years, including NO roaches, NO silverfish, NO spiders, maybe some house flies, but the lizards make a quick meal out of them if the dachshund does not kill them first.

I also throw moth balls on the floor of the attic because it is said to repel things that sometimes inhabit such squirrels or rats. Now THAT is something I am paranoid about!!

Good luck getting rid of spiders. And all other pests.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 10:52PM
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I'm terrified of spiders and DH has generally objected to using chemicals (he says I over-do everything...and he's probably right). However, his house tends to be spidery, so when I moved in last summer, I sprayed where I could while he was gone. And wouldn't you know it, I ended up with itchy red bumps on my shoulder...when I looked behind our headboard, there was a huge spider web JUST ON MY SIDE of the bed!! So unfair!! I'm getting goosebumps just remembering.

And now that I'm thoroughly creeped out by this thread, I'm going to go spray for spiders again...I hate it when it warms up and they get active again. It would probably be more effective to bug bomb the crawlspace, but DH won't do it and there's no way I can handle going under there! Thanks for the tips, though, everyone! Even if it is an old thread.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2011 at 1:42PM
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I have heard setting horse apples (not horse feces, it's a non-eatable apple that grows on a tree) around your house (in corners and window seals) will drive them out of the house, and keep them out. My mother uses them in her home, I haven't seen a spider in her home in over 12 years. They say the spiders hate the smell of horse apples?

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 9:07PM
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I use D E Diatomaceous Earth sprinkle around the outside base of the house and the inside along the wall and corners it's non-toxic and inviromentaly friendly it will control all insect probles oh yea use the food grade NOT pool grade.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 2:23PM
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Ok, not dig up an old thread, but I was just about to go off into lala land when my face started to itch, when I went to scratch it. something crawled up my finger. Freaked out, turned on the light, and there was a nice fat juicy spider.

Despite all the pro-spider enthusiats on here, that spider, just got fat, by eating me. SO I am now up at 2:15am because I cant sleep in my bedroom right now.

I found the thread by searching for alterior methods to kill spiders, none suit me. I want them dead, not in 1 room, not as a barrier spray, but all rooms, completely dead, to stay dead, for the entire season.

Before the doubters try to say something, there is a way to do this.

Go to almost any store, I personally use walmart, go to the pesticide aisle, and find the do-it-yourself flea bombs.

They are inside safe, they are pet friendly(after the treatment) and 99% are bio-degradeable.

I own a cat, a bird, a ferret, a dog, several aquariums, and a snake.

If you follow the directions, all your pets are safe.

I don't rewash all my clothes, I don't take all the dishes out of my cupboard and wash them, i cover the aquariums, take all other animals with me, using a respirator I set off the bombs, leave for 6 hours, come back, air the place out, and go to a picnic.

When you come back, you throw out the cans, light some candles, are you are spider free.

Another plus side to this, is simply that most modern sprays also leave a residue to kill any eggs, larvae, etc. Effectively killing spider that happen to come in.

Thought this might help a few people.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 2:26AM
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Me and my husband live In a wooded area. This year spiders have taken over our porch and deck. They are all the same. They are tan and brown, shiny and are very round. You can not walk up my porch when it Gets dark. We just counted 13 just outside our front door. They are not small either. Some of them are the size of a dime. I need to find some way to reduce them. Any suggestions? Does anyone know what kind they might be? Thank you, Melissa

    Bookmark   May 27, 2011 at 10:52PM
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There are trillions of spiders. We can't get rid of them entirely. I heard somewhere that we eat spiders at night time. Now talk about eating late....Yuk

    Bookmark   June 1, 2011 at 11:27PM
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Melissa, I think if you read the whole thread you might conclude, as I did, that putting the porch lights away from the door (and keeping them on at night, if you don't already) would attract the spiders to the lights, where the insects are, and away from the door. Currently they may be attracted to your porch light, or your lighted windows. Understanding why the spiders had turned the porch light right over our door into spider city was a turning point for me!

We decided against moving the light (too complicated for the moment) but we did change the fixture to one that has fewer nooks and crannies for spider nests, and now I more readily sweep it every couple of days.

If you have trees, especially conifers, directly at your porch, you are also making the problem worse. The porch, and the conifer, keep it all nice and dry in there.


    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 3:17PM
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I also have arachnaphobia, in a big way. My heart beats extra fast, I tremble and shake, and sometimes, (If the spider is scary enough) I even have trouble breathing. I have found a quick and simple pesticide free way to keep spiders out of my house. I got three cats! No bugs stand a chance. :) Good luck everyone.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2011 at 12:34PM
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My home sat vacant for a while before we moved in 6 months ago. I'm not freaked out spiders, in fact I usually leave them alone. In Florida, bugs are a way of life. But today while doing some trimming I looked under the soffit and saw black widows everywhere. That is not the scary part. Once you stop focusing on the spiders, you see the egg sacs..not ten or twenty, or even 30. No....hundreds of them, maybe even thousands. My first instinct is to set the house on fire and kill them all, but I will save that for last. So I make an emergency trip to the store, looking for a can of instant death. We can put men on the moon, robots on the sea floor and cars that can drive themselves. But no can of instant death. In fact none of the pesticides says that it will kill black widows. Only repel them.
I guess were back to fire.
BTW..if any hot chicks want to come over in their boots...

    Bookmark   June 9, 2011 at 8:58PM
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I don't like spiders and don't want them in the house,basement,attic or any other places that I use. Im usually not afraid of them if they are decent looking and a decent size. The reason I ended up on this post is becausse I was looking on how so get rid of REAL SPIDERS like the one I found in the basement the other was black,about 3 in whide,5 in long,a little fat,hairy...gross and scary looking. Almost like a taranchula. I didn't get to much sleep since but I hope to find a "cure" for them so I can catch up on some sleep.
Good luck everyone!! :)

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 11:41AM
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I've just come across my first (& hopefully last) black widow. I seriously do not like spiders, even though I know of the good they do, but this one for sure has to GO! I'll be trying the citronella candles in a few places around the house, & will be calling Terminex in. We are in a new build (it's now a year old) & knew that we were going to get some pest issues, but I feel like spiders have the house surrounded!

Thanks for some great advice, but also for letting me know I'm not the only one with a spider problem (on so many levels)!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 10:41PM
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I never minded black widows because they generally make a messy web, way out of the way and stay put.

We just moved into a house down south and have already seen/killed three brown recluses, which like to take strolls in the middle of the night. They also like to hide in your clothing, which means a lot of extra shaking and checking for them just so you don't get bit while pulling on a pair of pants or a pair of shoes.

Spiders on the whole may be beneficial creatures, but I am not sharing my home with brown recluses. Right now we're trying to find any entryways for them to get in and making sure the house is sealed and clean. Then we're getting a pest control man in here. I don't want my kids, my dog, or my husband getting bitten.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2011 at 9:47PM
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I don't mind the spiders at all. I leave the little ones nestled up in the corner of the walls where they are barely seen, however the bigger ones(bigger than half dollars) are scooped up and placed outside. We have recluses here too, but they so far have seemed to stay outside. We have a ritual of checking our shoes, and moving stuff on the floors in the garage before just picking it up.

They may be "vile" creatures, but your home...was theirs first WAY before any walls went up.

Black widows are actually more deadly than brown recluses. Recluses can cause very large and unwanted sores and can cause death if the sores are not treated, but a widow can kill in just a few minutes, especially in young children, elderly people and those with certain medical conditions.

Make sure they are in fact recluses, some non venomous house spiders look very similar to the recluse, but are in fact safe, other than they can still bite ;)

Since I have left the little buggers on my walls, I haven't seen a beetle of any type, flies are easily taken care of, and moths never stand a chance. They have even minimized the bugs outside so I can safely leave the porch light on for the hubby without him being mauled by june bugs when he gets home from work.

If you are that anxious, pack up the family for a few days, and bomb the house, and diligently spray the outside. 7 dust sprinkled around the house will also help in keeping the bugs out, although im not certain in the degree of safety of its use around children and pets.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2011 at 2:13AM
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I am doing some exterior work on my house, including tearing out a piece of the old deck and rebuilding it. When the guys came out and ripped all the old wood off the back we saw HUNDREDS of spiders under there. Must have stomped at least 70 black widows. There were brown recluse and wolf spiders under there, too. I'm sure we killed almost 200 spiders. I am completely freaking out because that was one small piece of the deck, there is lots more decking in the back and a big covered porch in the front of the house, too. Why in the world would there be so many spiders in one place, and what is the best way to kill them? Please, no judgement from the arachnid loving people out there. I have been bitten by a brown recluse before and I do not want that to happen to my children, grandchildren or pets.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2011 at 6:44PM
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Boy, am I glad I came across this thread (and others pertaining to old houses!) I have been questioning our sanity in buying an old home 5 years ago- but new homes look so boring...anyway- we have loads of spiders. I am a CA native who now lives in SC, and it is a whole new ballgame with new kinds of insects to get used to and identify. I would like to know what part of the South bellini lives in- we see brown spiders all the time which we can't seem to ID, but I have gone onto search engines and typed in "brown spider- South Carolina" and every brown spider looks like a brown recluse when you are already freaked out. I am more familiar with black widows- tons of them in CA- and I need to tell y'all, there are also brown widows, plus black widow species that look quite different from the usual- you may want to go to Google and go to "images" and then type in your location and description.

OK, so I guess my husband and I are not too crazy- well, we are, but I see others willing to go through the same thing for the charm of an old home. Truth be told, most of the time I leave them be...they are mostly in an enclosed back porch that was at one time outside. My husband sucks them up with the vacuum, but that gives me the willies...I mean, I have to empty that thing!

Now, can anyone else in an old home tell what time of year it is by the type of insect that appear in your bathroom?

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 6:11AM
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This is exceptionally late in the thread but hopefully it gets through. I use a product called "DemonWP" in my house to take care of bugs *All bugs*. It's the stuff professionals use but upcharge you a few hundred dollars for.

Buy it on amazon for about 8 dollars a 4 pack and use as directed. I have been using it for 2 years at my house and don't have nearly as much of a spider problem. Love the stuff! So happy I found it because my house was overrun with these crazy looking things all through the summer.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 8:04PM
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I must say this conversation has been most comical for me, and I don't like spiders. However, from reading some of your posts, I might be changing a bit on that -- hmmm -- beneficial, huh?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 5:46PM
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This strikes me as a pertinent place to cross reference a home decorating discussion from last summer. Usually I read this forum envying you folks with old houses, but I can't live with spiders, so I guess I'll appreciate what I have!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 1:32PM
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I have a lot of tiny spiders that I want out of here. I find skeletons of bugs on the floor under the window sills and on the window sills. I've always thought that spiders don't lick their feet and it's hard to get a pesticide to absorb and kill them. I never see a big spider but surely there are some here. I do vacuum and I paid someone to caulk my windows. I sprayed with some stuff I got at Walmart but it seems it's going to take something different.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 7:52PM
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I am terrified of spiders. I cannot even look at them in books, on screens, etc. I just moved into my apartment in April and since I've been living there I have killed five huge spiders. I had to overcome my fear because they only come out if I am home by myself. I can squash them, but when it comes to picking them up and getting rid of them now way possible they will stay ther until someone comes and moves it for me. My boyfriend thinks its crazy to be so scared of spiders, but I can't help it. I am actually doing much, much better. I use to be screaming as soon as I realize it was a spider. I don't care how small. So I thought I would share this story and ask a question.

Yesterday I was cooking and as I was cooking I was washing the dishes that I was no longer using. So I felt something touch the back of my heel. I turned around and there was this huge spider behind me. I screamed so loud I know my neighbors probably thought someone murdered me. Then when I got in the living room I realized that I have to kill this spider, first of all if I didn't my house would burn down because I was cooking, Second my water bill would have been outragous because I left the water running. So I went back in the kitchen and it was still right there. I keep my dust pan attached to my broom so I smacked the mess out of it with the dust pan, turned the water off and ran upstairs. I left him under the dust pan until on of my friends came and put it in the trash. My boyfriend is out of town. Anyway that was a big accomplishment for me. I usually just spray them a million times from across the room.
I do want to know if that Spiderban really works and if you can only get it online?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 3:56PM
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If anyone's still reading this: I've used hedge balls successfully - they were called Osage balls when & where I bought them, though.

At the time, any time I hadn't gone into the basement for 12-24 hours, I'd have to walk through spider web on the stairs.

I hung the balls inside mesh onion bags from the basement ceiling and on hooks on the stairway. They lasted a couple of years - got all dried out, shriveled and black but continued working a long time after that.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 4:17PM
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I'd like to introduce you to Charles Bukowski. Seems like a fitting place to post this.
death wants more death, and its webs are full:
I remember my father's garage, how child-like
I would brush the corpses of flies
from the windows they thought were escape-
their sticky, ugly, vibrant bodies
shouting like dumb crazy dogs against the glass
only to spin and flit
in that second larger than hell or heaven
onto the edge of the ledge,
and then the spider from his dank hole
nervous and exposed
the puff of body swelling
hanging there
not really quite knowing,
and then knowing-
something sending it down its string,
the wet web,
toward the weak shield of buzzing,
the pulsing;
a last desperate moving hair-leg
there against the glass
there alive in the sun,
spun in white;
and almost like love:
the closing over,
the first hushed spider-sucking:
filling its sack
upon this thing that lived;
crouching there upon its back
drawing its certain blood
as the world goes by outside
and my temples scream
and I hurl the broom against them:
the spider dull with spider-anger
still thinking of its prey
and waving an amazed broken leg;
the fly very still,
a dirty speck stranded to straw;
I shake the killer loose
and he walks lame and peeved
towards some dark corner
but I intercept his dawdling
his crawling like some broken hero,
and the straws smash his legs
now waving
above his head
and looking
looking for the enemy
and somewhat valiant,
dying without apparent pain
simply crawling backward
piece by piece
leaving nothing there
until at last the red gut sack
its secrets,
and I run child-like
with God's anger a step behind,
back to simple sunlight,
as the world goes by
with curled smile
if anyone else
saw or sensed my crime

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 12:00AM
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I used to hate spiders. But then my husband told me that they eat other bugs, so I should let them be. It was hard, but I did. So surprise, surprise...the other bugs are gone and there are few spiders (they have nothing to eat!).

I wonder if our obsession with killing spiders has anything to do with the bedbug outbreak.

By the way, a biologist once told me that the jumping spiders bite and the others trap in webs. So if I see a spider I don't recognize I put something near it. If it jumps I kill it. If it scoots away I leave it.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 10:55PM
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Forgive my cruelty, ha ha, but I'm contributing to thread necromancy (a term I enjoyed reading from a poster above), so I won't be the only person afraid to turn off the light while/after reading this thread. Oh, the evilness, lol!!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 1:33AM
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How do you know if you have an infestation of Brown Recluses I have 8 sticky traps out and in one week I've caught 12 ...we are living in a big two story building that hasn't been used in a few years upstairs in cluttered with boxes and there is no air or lights...I have found many of this kind of spider up there as I was trying to clean ...I killed what I saw (about 20 in one day) I got concerned when I started seeing so I ran to get the camera by moving one box I got 3 pics of 3 different spider I believe they were all Brown Recluses (violin on back) ...Can anyone advice me on what I should do ??? Thanks Alisa

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 5:42PM
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It is my understanding that spiders, like many other critters, are highly territorial - in our case there are daddy long-legs and black widows. We tolerate some daddy long-legs in the house because they keep the black widows out.

We also added praying mantis (or was it walking sticks) to the outside because they eat the black widow larvae - further reducing the population of those nasty critters.

BTW1: The spiders are dining on smaller critters; e.g. mites, etc. You may want to look at moisture (including rot in wood somewhere) that is breeding food for the larger spiders that you see. Reduce the food sources & reduce the spider population.

BTW2: If I recall correctly a daddy long-leg has 60 babies at a time.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2014 at 11:54AM
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my cats take care of everything!

    Bookmark   October 8, 2014 at 10:41AM
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One year we raised a quail that I found as a 1-day chick, abandoned in my garden. She was excellent at getting the spiders, and the spider level was low for the subsequent year or two. If you can tolerate the poop, a quail might be the way to go.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2014 at 12:28PM
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Using poisons to kill a few household spiders is both irrational and nonsensical. The poisons can potentially do much more harm than the spiders. Most spiders are harmless, and beneficial by preying on insects. I never kill a spider. I relocate them outside. I have been doing this for at least four decades and have never been bitten. Fears are caused by ignorance. Know more about what you are afraid of.


    Bookmark   October 18, 2014 at 7:29PM
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I didn't take time to read all this, but wanted to add that we've been using pure peppermint oil, ten drops per cotton ball, around the joists of the basement for nine years now to keep out mice. It works for that, but we've noticed there were less spiders too so I Googled and found the info below.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2014 at 10:24PM
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I see feelings towards spiders range from live and let live, to I am killing them off, Many comments made me smile, I am known as the town's Spider Lady.
For over 40 years now I let them live. I do kill the Black Widow and those which can harm, I have a 4 year old grand daughter to consider, with a system much smaller than mine.
I am allergic to red wasps, so those have to go... or I am a goner.
I do not know if my grand daughter is allergic, she has never been stung.
Do not take chances with your health, or other people's health who come to visit you (like my, spider den)
I know my spiders, these are harmless.
But they SURE will make you hurt yourself, folks tell me.
I post a link to so you may know what you're dealing with in your State.
The link will send you to Texas first, so you can see what I have, minus the harmful ones I kill, of course.

There are 39 different ones for me in Texas, 32 with photos are stated established here. Guess the other 7 moved here once they got the memo. Hmmm, did you happen to send those other 7 species? I thought so.
snakes and reptiles, spiders, bees, wasps, and insects... be safe first.
And try not to let those populate even in higher numbers around children or even yourselves at home or in your yard.
I just imagine a child or visitor not knowing what is there and being injured. In all my years of letting spiders be spiders I have never been bitten.
The benefits are I use nothing in my house for pests, and have no pests but crazy ants. Those are new and so much more in my area on the floor than the spiders which seem to stay on the ceiling.
To each his own, make sure your home stays "your" home, whether you invite spiders to stay or not, a matter of choice.
But do not play with the Black Widow because even if spiders avoid us? Accidents can happen.
My daughter had an experience of one in an unused carseat for my grand daughter at her home? Made her hate ALL spiders all the more. She ducks and cringes in my home. I keep them away from over the couch, at least, so she feels more at ease.
The grand daughter however is very interested in them, she takes after me.
If I decide to do a spring cleaning of them, which I have, I catch them in a see through tall baby food glass jar, cover it immediately, and set them into trees outside where they do stay... for awhile. The only harm for them in that is they may become bird feed or have to go to work, rebuilding their web.
Until they miss the great indoors and make a return visit.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2014 at 7:18PM
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In all we do knowledge is power, in spiders topic? Know your spider. In snakes, Know your snake.
In poisonous plants. Know your plants.
Know what you are dealing with. Then you can deal with it.
- - - -
If you are those who wish to be rid of pests,
1) killing them does that.
(And for us Texans I don't mean get your gun for the spiders, okay? Home repairs are expensive nowadays.)
2) So does capture and release outdoors.
3) So do pesticides.
Or we can always move and give them the house.
P.S. And be warned, or should I say be on the lookout...
... they always return.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2014 at 7:32PM
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" How do you know if you have an infestation of Brown Recluses I have 8 sticky traps out and in one week I've caught 12..."
I would call that an infestation and bring in a reputable pest control company ASAP.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2014 at 7:55AM
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I use Bayer Complete insect killer.
That and a few squirts of deodorized mineral spirits down the hidey holes where the great huge honkin wolf spiders nested.

My 250 year old cellar was well and truly infested. You couldn't walk ten feet without being mugged by three or four giant wolf spiders. I kid you not. One time six of them cornered me and demanded I empty my pockets.

The Bayer I apply where I see them hanging out rather a lot. I have a gravely spot of exposed earth where my water expansion tank and softener are and they loved that. The hourglass spiders liked the corners and hidden spots.
People urged me to not kill them claiming that they had some how evolved to live indoors and that some how conferred upon them a sacred right to occupy my home. The evolution and adaptation claims are patently false. Other folks swore to me that those spiders, both the evil hourglass ones and the wolf spiders, were living off some unseen destructive insect population that would otherwise be a plague all on their own. And others just accused me of being the greatest evil the world has ever seen. Like worse than Pol Pot or some such.

So I put on my Krama scarf and my "I'm pals with Pol" tee shirt and I eradicated the eight legged creatures and waited for lighting to strike me or the promised biblical plague from all those insects that the spiders were supposedly eating.

Turns out the spiders were eating each other. There was no plague.
It was a closed loop of spider proteins and minerals and fluids being passed from one spider to the next in a rather horrifying viscous cycle of cannibalism.

Now I don't have 3" wolf spiders scurrying in and out among my feet and those nasty hourglass spiders don't build nests under my lathe.
I'm happy that they are gone.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2014 at 3:58PM
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Here are some great natural remedies for getting rid of spiders that I found on

Place a few drops of peppermint essential oil into a spray bottle. Add a squirt of liquid detergent and fill the bottle with water. Spray the mixture on cobwebs, around doors and windows, around the lawn and garden and on any surfaces where spiders lurk. In addition to having a pleasant aroma, this mixture is nontoxic and safe to use around children and pets.


The combination of coconut oil and white vinegar also makes an effective spray for repelling spiders. As oils may stain or cause spots, test the mixture on a small, hidden area of carpets, curtains or upholstered furniture.


Spiders taste through their feet, and in addition to peppermintâ¦..they do not like the taste of citrus which includes lemon, lime and orange. Although it will not kill them, it will make them avoid places where they can âtasteâ them. Always purchase real essential oils and not synthetic versions.

I get my essential oils from

    Bookmark   October 28, 2014 at 9:11PM
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Greenleaf Plumbing, LLC

My son loves spiders and I never kill them .... just take them away.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2014 at 6:42PM
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i don`t like spiders`but poison is worse. i`ll keep my liver and my other body parts.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2014 at 11:51PM
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First of all, I hate spiders! I know that they will control many offending bugs, but still I hate them,

Secondly, I REFUSE to use insecticides in ANY form...they are dangerous to humans, pets & the environment. They are all man made chemicals & they all, with enough exposure, will cause cancer....90% of the insecticides on the market, have the ability to kill humans & pets.

They are natural ways to kill/dispose of, spiders.

#1) remove their food source.
If they have nothing to eat, they will go away & seek food elsewhere.

#2) vinegar will kill most any bug/beetle/spider in America.
Vinegar has acid in it which insects/bugs/spiders can not tolerate.
Vinegar is also a natural product.
people drink vinegar for different ailments so you do not have to worry about it killing you.

Did I say how I hate spiders?

    Bookmark   December 31, 2014 at 3:20AM
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Osage balls or hedgeapples are considered folklore, even those who sell them don't or can't claim they really repel spiders. I can claim they do. I don't sell them, I buy them, usually at a local grocery.

Once I'd have to walk through spider webs down the basement steps if it was 24 hours since I'd been down them. Hung a ball in an onion bag on the wall and no more webs. Same with the basement laundry. (And the basement everywhere else.)

They dry up, shrink, get dark brown, look sort of like big, dark walnuts. As I said, I hang them in mesh onion bags, one to each. Either they continue to work after they're dried up or they convinced the spiders to change their habits.

Unintended consequences: more millipedes upstairs, maybe because I've removed their basement arachnid food supply? At least no webs.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2015 at 5:02PM
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I use several mouse glue traps in high bug population areas and near entrance points; exterior doors, fire place, and windows with air leaks. Change traps when they're half full or when the surface gets gritty and isn't sticky anymore.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2015 at 3:05PM
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Are these poisons dangerous for peoples' health?

    Bookmark   February 2, 2015 at 9:50AM
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I'll loan you my beagle-mix little dog. She cruises the basement constantly, looking for spiders to eat.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2015 at 11:04AM
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I"m originally from the VA Appalachians and I grew up seeing lots of very large spiders make their way into our house and it usually sent me fleeing. However, I have since lived in Honduras, Philippines, and then I settled in CA before settling in far West Texas. I saw a lot of larger spiders in Honduras but Northern CA has it beat for the amount of black widows I have ever encountered. I lived in Ukiah, CA on the southern boundary of the Redwoods and it seemed every window ledge outside of a business had black widows just underneath just hanging out. It used to just freak me out. I had a few that would build their webs outside and around the porch light. I know they were there for the insects drawn to the light but good lord. They were fast and in my mind way too dangerous to be there by my door. Nope. I got rid of them and the ones that would find their way into my apartment. Nope, Nope. Nope.

I have gone over this in my head since I was a kid. I know it's illogical. I'm much larger than they are. Cats and Dogs and People have teeth and fangs but we don't seem to walk around constantly screaming and running from them...well...most of us anyway. But I still can't get myself to welcome them into my life. I have made inroads though where the tarantula is concerned. I do take photos of them and allow them their space and even avoid them in the road but I still need my route of escape in case of a sudden lurch in my direction. In Honduras they used to come out during the hard rains and simply cover the roads...they used to jump towards us as we walked towards them on the road. I don't know....If you like spiders then I can send you the ones I find but don't think that reasoning with me is going to change my mind any time soon.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2015 at 2:58AM
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OK, first of all, there simply no spiders up in Nebraska that will hurt you, other than perhaps black widows. It is conceivable that a brown recluse could get up there, but I wouldn't bet on it. Also spiders will very occasionally bite, it can hurt, but its certainly less painful than a bee sting. The other thing is that spiders are strictly predators. If you have spiders they are eating something. You have to decide which you would rather have, the spiders, or the insects they are eating. Bear in mind you will have roughly 10 times as many insects as you had spiders. In other words, a completely rational person would not be upset by spiders, but then, who of us are completely rational.

Now, you only get spiders if they have something to eat. Get rid of all your insects and you will have no spiders. So, probably you are getting spiders in areas that insects like to go. That means drafts and bright lights. Not much you can do about the lights, but spiders are really good draft detectors. So, my advice is vacuum up the spiders, then look for the draft that is near the spider web. Block that off and you will reduce the number of spiders and save on your heating and air conditioning at the same time.

By the way, my good friend is a spider biologist who is actually allergic to spider venom. She has handled hundreds of golden silk spiders (look them up, they are huge), not to mention really scary things like the Madagascar Bark spider, and only been bitten once. That bite happened when she accidentally hurt a big female she was handling.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2015 at 1:40PM
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I do the exterior bug spray around the entire perimeter of my house after every spring melt. I also do ant granules around the exterior of the house. I dont get bugs in the house.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2015 at 11:23AM
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