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Can I Get Rid of a Spider Problem On My Own?

Posted on Sep 5, 2022 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

shutterstock_2094989977Having a spider problem in your home may be quite unsettling, as you watch these arachnids creep across your floor, ceiling, or walls. If you are wanting to get rid of the spiders yourself without calling in a professional, there are multiple DIY methods you can try. Keep in mind that spiders can lay hundreds of eggs at one time so if your efforts don’t eliminate the spider population in your home quickly, more spider babies are hatching, making the infestation worse. Acting fast and diligently eliminating spiders from your home will hopefully make a dent in the number of spiders crawling around your house.

Treating your home for spiders yourself

Treating your home for a spider problem on your own can be a little tricky. If you would like to treat spiders yourself, you can try:

  • Spider traps
  • Insecticides that kill on contact
  • Indoor insecticide barriers
  • Natural repellents like essential oils
  • You could kill spiders on contact with your shoe or a flyswatter.

But if spiders have infested your home, you won’t want to have to smash each one before it scampers under your chair or creeps across the ceiling over where you are sitting. Calling a professional can make your spider problem disappear because of the proven techniques and experience of a trusted pest control service

Prevention tips

Spiders, like all other species of animals, seek two main things, food and water. Water in your home in the form of a leaky faucet or high humidity, or even in the food they catch can hydrate spiders. If your home creates a good environment for spider food, you will likely also attract spiders. Spiders eat insects found in your home. If you leave food out on the counter, or have crumbs in and around the house, or have excessive trash, you can attract insects that spiders love to eat. Some spider prevention tips are:

  • Clean and tidy your home to keep all pests out, including spiders
  • Fix water leaks and drips promptly
  • Remove trash immediately when it is full.
  • Vacuum and sweep often to remove crumbs
  • Sprinkle cinnamon in discreet places that spiders may be found to repel them

When do spiders bite humans?

Spiders do not bite humans unless they are somehow provoked or trapped. Situations in which spiders will bite include:

  • When they are picked up or caught with ungloved hands
  • If a spider is hidden in shoes when you put your foot inside
  • If they are hiding in dirty laundry and you pick it up, accidentally pressing the spider into your arm
  • When you accidentally put your hand into a spider habitat

If trying to get rid of a spider problem on your own is not working out, do not hesitate to give the professionals a call. For Tulare County residents, give San Joaquin Pest Control in Visalia a call today!

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