It’s probably fair to say most of us have experienced anything from shock to sheer terror after spotting a spider in our home. While most house spiders are generally harmless to humans, it can still be uncomfortable knowing they’re lurking in the dark corners of your home.
In this article we’ll share some techniques and tips, so you can learn how to get rid of spiders in your home. If you are wondering about how you can remove spider nests, keep reading for techniques should you encounter any on your spider-eliminating mission.
How to catch a spider
As your first step to eliminating spiders from your home, look outside. Use a long-handled broom or a short stick (if you’re brave) to remove all existing webs around the outside of your home. Do this regularly to discourage spiders from settling in and breeding a full community on the threshold of your home.
Once that’s done, venture indoors for the next step. If the crawlies have already entered your domain, by far the best method of catching one without harming it is by using a cup or container and a flat piece of cardboard:
- Locate the spider and wait until it has crawled over to a flat surface.
- Quickly place your cup or container over the spider, taking care not to squish its legs.
- Slowly and gently slide the cup and your piece of cardboard towards each other until the cardboard fully covers the cup opening.
- Holding the contraption firmly shut, take it outside and gently release the spider.
How to get rid of spider webs
A sure sign of spiders taking up residence in your home is the appearance of spider webs. If you leave spider webs unattended they encourage more spiders to weave more of their unwelcome silk around your home. Read on to find out how to get rid of spider webs so you can act fast when you see them:
- Use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum away spider webs and cobwebs.
- Use an extendable duster or a broom to clear away the webs. It is usually more effective to twist the web around your broom or duster than it would be to sweep it.
How to get rid of a spider nest
What’s worse than seeing a few spider webs across your ceiling? Not a lot, we’re guessing, but a spider nest containing scores or even hundreds of tiny spiders ready to scramble out probably makes the list. If you spot a spider nest in your home, sheer panic is likely to go through your mind as soon as you realise what it is. If you’re able to, you can remove spider nests yourself with a little do-it-yourself pest control:
Start by separating the spider mother from her egg sac. Use a pencil or small stick to gently poke at the female spider until she crawls away. She’ll probably prioritise her own self-preservation over protecting her eggs so you’ll likely see her moving away promptly.
Once the mother has moved away, remove the nest and the egg sac by simply by vacuuming it up. Make sure you remove your vacuum bag afterwards, sealing it in a plastic bag before you throw it away. If you have a bagless vacuum cleaner, be careful when handling the egg sac as you empty your vacuum.
Spider egg sacs are fairly durable, so the sac is unlikely to break open in the process of vacuuming. If you’d rather not risk it, though, you can remove it manually too.
Layer a couple of sheets of paper towels and use them, like a catcher’s mitt, to gently pry the spider sac with your fingers away from the surface it is attached to. Once that’s done, you could either:
- Use a household duster to sweep up the spider nests. This is particularly useful for areas your vacuum can’t reach.
- Cover a long ruler or other flat stick with strong duct tape or adhesive tape, making sure the sticky part faces outwards. Make small, gentle strokes back and forth until all the cobwebs are gone. Again, seal this in a plastic bag before throwing it away.
If you find that you have a full-blown spider infestation, you can use the Mortein Kill & Protect Crawling Insect Control Bomb to protect your home for up to three months. However, if they keep coming back, you might want to learn how to kill spiders at home with our article on the topic.
How to get rid of spiders in bed
Knowing that there may be spiders in your bedroom could be a thing of nightmares for some. If you find one of these eight-legged insects creeping into your bedroom, a change in habit could be an effective method of keeping them out. Make it a habit to keep your bedroom clean, tidy and free of clutter.
A purpose-built spray for a more effective touch
However, if you find that despite the housekeeping, there are still spiders lurking about, an effective option is to use a purpose-built spray like the Mortein Kill & Protect Crawling Insect Surface Spray or the Mortein PowerGard DIY Indoor & Outdoor Surface Spray. Simply spray onto surfaces in your bedroom, concentrating on the areas that spiders are likely to be hiding such as around corners between the walls. It will help prevent any insect infestations and protects the sprayed area for up to six months.
Whether you’re dealing with a lone spider, spider webs or a spider nest (complete with a mass of cobwebs and imposing sac of baby spiders), our tips above can help you get rid of them quickly. Tackling spiders as soon as you see them is an effective first step on your mission to eliminating spiders from your home.