We have been finding brown recluse spiders in the house quite frequently and so I have been researching how to get rid of spiders. As most of you know.. I like to handle pest control myself and while I don’t like spiders I have no desire to kill them all or anialate them, I just want them out of my house.
I understand their role in the ecosystem and appreciate that but when they are on my turf.. it is war time!
I have done extensive research on the subject and I am reporting my findings of what works and what does not work.
I am not going to get all bent out of shape over spiders that are harmless such as daddy long legs and others that are known to be harmless to humans but the ones that scare the bajeebers out of me are the brown recluse, also known as a fiddleback, and the black widow spider.
Brown recluse spiders are naturally not very aggressive and will usually only bite if it is a last resort and they feel their life is in danger if they do not.
The first step in getting rid of them is to remove their comfy environment.. they love to get in dark places such as inside of clothes and shoes on the floor, inside cardboard (they love cardboard), under the covers on the bedding, etc., they need areas with moisture such as in bathrooms and kitchens.
These are things that are fairly simple to take care of..
- Remove the clutter
- Don’t allow clothes to pile up on the floor
- Get rid of cardboard boxes and use plastic bins instead
- Make sure the bedding is not touching the floor
- Take care of any unneccessary moisture such as leaky pipes, standing water, etc.
The next thing I disovered in how to get rid of spiders.. namely the brown recluse spider is the things that they do not like.
Apparently their taste buds are located on the tips of their legs so they will be very adament about not walking thru or hanging out in areas that contain tastes that they do not like.
They hate citrus such as lemon, orange, etc. and from what I understand.. the best thing you can do is to dust with lemon pledge. They also hate eucalyptus leaves.. another natural way to make them feel extremely unwelcome.
I read somewhere else where they do not like the smell of kerosene.. the source suggested wiping down window sills, door jams and any other area that might be used as access points with kerosene on a piece of newspaper.. that is not something I am willing to try but maybe it will appeal to someone.
Last but certainly not least.. be sure to shake out all shoes before putting them on as well as clothing.
If you have suggestions on how to get rid of spiders please feel free to send them my way.