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How to Deal with Spiders at Home?

It is quite difficult to assess spiders in the context of our homes. These little creatures can be considered a friend or a foe depending on which the homeowner values best. As a friend, spiders can protect the household from the diseases brought by the insects on which they feed on. Spiders feed on flies and mosquitoes that could have bitten you or anyone in your family. If spiders are big enough, they can become an effective deterrent for mice and cockroaches to ever infest in your house. However, as a foe, spiders can cause so much distress to someone who has a phobia on spiders. Spider phobia is very common to people that at least 1 in every 5 has this inexplicable fear on spider. Moreover, when accidentally provoked, spiders can bite humans including infants and pets which can be very dangerous at times.

Thus, when it comes to spider extermination, it is really up to the homeowner if he or she will find it necessary and important. Either the benefits of the spiders are considered to be more heavily-weighted or the possible effects to their venom when their bite is more significant, only the homeowner can tell for himself or herself. But, if ever you choose to exterminate them, here are some things that you might want to do:

1. Stay calm. You will never get anything done if you do not maintain your temperament. Remember that there is point screaming or running around the house, especially when the reason for such an action is a simple spider sighting! So, just like what your Momma used to tell you, take it easy, take a deep breath and proceed to what you need to do.

2. If you want to know how to fight your self-proclaimed enemy, then, you should know the kind of enemy that you are dealing with. Take time to observe the spider. You don't need a magnifying glass to do that since the more important data that you need to gather are their location, their specie and their approximated number. Of course, do not come close enough for the spider to feel your aggression, if that happens, expect to get retaliation through a bite.

3. Research. Now, if you have seen which spider lives in your house and you have really decided that you want to kill that spider and its kin, then you will need to make a research on that spider specie. The venom released in spider bites varies depending on the specie of the offending spider. For example, if you have seen a friendly house spider like the Giant House Spider, you might want to reconsider doing your plan. Some friendly spiders actually feed on venomous and dangerous spiders that could have harmed you and your family. Other spiders that do so are the Wolf Spider and the Daddy Long-legs. But if you have identified to spider specie to be venomous and poisonous, then you can decide if professional spider extermination might be necessary. Examples of dangerous spiders are the Black widow, the Brown Recluse and the Hobo.

4. To immobilize the spider, you can use a bottle container (preferable a seltzer bottle) that can release water at high speed. A pressurized container usually works best because at high pressure water can gush out of the container at an incredulous speed. You are to use this pressure to kill the spiders without the use of any chemicals or poisons. You can also use a long staff to poke the spider on high walls and ceilings until they fall on the floor. Almost immediately, spray the fallen spider with water again until it dies or until it won't be able to move anymore. If you feel that the best way to kill the spider with less effort is to whack it and squish it, then, do so. Just remember that spiders are tough so you might as well want to make sure that you have indeed killed the spider before you do step number 5.

5. Of course, you need to clean your mess. If you squished the spider when its fluids should have dripped on the floor so you need to wipe that. You might want to use detergent to be able to do that. After everything is done, sweep the floor and buff.

What if I don't want to kill spiders?

We hear this quite too often when we meet a person who don't want a spider at home but still can't stand the guilt of having to kill "helpless" creatures. In special cases like that, you can actually make use of organic spider control methods to ward off spiders but not really kill them. Here's how:


Mix a pack of pure tobacco to a gallon of boiling water, mix well and wait until the mixture cools. Remove the tobacco particles by straining. Add half a cup of lemon scented dishwashing soap into the tobacco juice you have just made and use a sprayer to treat the surrounding environment of your house with the mixture. Spiders will evacuate your house in a matter of days and in most cases, they will no longer come back to ever bother you again.


Spiders taste through their legs. So, they literally taste their tracks. If you really don't want to live with them, dust every corner in your house where spider may crawl with lemon pledge. Common areas would be the windowsills and the doorframes. In a few days, spiders will realize that you are not easy to live with simply because they will be tasting lemon every time they are in your house, and they hate lemon so much.

There are other means to ward off spiders off your property. You can do a quick research about it via the internet search engine if you don't have the time or the energy to go to a book store and buy a book about it. You can also read through my old posts, you might find some things that might interest you.
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