When it comes to creepy crawlies, few things elicit a tingling sensation in your spine more than spiders. While most people are logically aware that these arachnids can be greatly beneficial because they eat insects, that doesn’t help to alleviate the stress of having spiders inside your home. If your home’s arachnid population has gotten out of control, it’s time to think about spider repellers to help keep them away.
Wipe away all those cobwebs
While they may be a great Halloween staple, no one wants cobwebs (or spiderwebs, if you prefer) in their home. The next time you see one inside your house, however, don’t get upset or annoyed. Instead, see this as an opportunity to use their own livelihood as spider repellers. By destroying cobwebs as soon as you see them, the spiders will move to a new location, and there’s a good chance that new location will be outside.
Fill cracks and gaps around your home
Spiders will use whatever conduit into your home they can find. But it’s not like they wait until you open your door in order to slip inside. And why would they? After all, there are plenty of cracks and gaps around the average home. Filling these problem areas is a great way to stop spiders from entering your home. The general rule of what to use is dictated by the size of the hole: caulking for small cracks or gaps, expandable spray foam for medium-sized ones, and weatherstripping for the larger problems.
Try natural spider repellers
The jury is still out over which is the most effective, natural spider repellers, but a few have found success with some homeowners. Spiders actually taste through their feet, so if you can find something they don’t like and spray it around door frames and window frames, this should keep at least some of them from entering your home. The most popular natural spider repellers are citrus-based. Lemons are popular for those who are looking for a way to keep spiders out of their home. If you’re using actually lemons, and not a store-bought spray, you need to create your own spray by combining the lemon juice with water.
Use pesticides as a last resort
Spraying for any insect will also end up killing off spiders regardless of whether or not that is your intention. This means that you can use pesticides that are meant for other insects as spider repellers. Pesticides can sometimes be harmful to children and pets, though, so their application should be sparse and carefully planned. If the spider population is too great, you might want to consider hiring a professional who can do the job in a very short time.
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