In Australia alone, there are more than 10000 species of spiders. No wonder why arachnophobia is ranked as one of the top phobias in Australia.
Spiders have earned quite a reputation as crawly, creepy, and venomous pests. If you get bitten by the venomous spider you may as well end up in a hospital. Some of these deadly spiders that you need to be extra careful about are:
1. White Tail spider
2. Red Back spiders
3. Black Widow spider
4. Funnel Web Spider
Although they act as natural pest control by trapping other small insects in their webs, it doesn’t mean they are friendly. A spider infestation could be a potential health hazard if any of your family members unexpectedly get in touch with a poisonous spider.
To avoid such a situation, try these 7 natural ways to get rid of these eight-legged creatures.
Eliminate the Breeding Places of Spiders
Plant debris, grass clippings, and woodpiles near the home can act as breeding hot spots for spiders. Slanting plants and trees provide easy access for spiders to enter your home.
You must take care of the following to prevent entry for the crawlies:
- Remove all kinds of unwanted debris around your home.
- Trim the branches of trees to keep the spiders at a distance
- Seal all the crevices, cracks, and gaps between the door and window sills.
Using Essential Oils
Essential oils are the easiest way to control spiders. Just follow these simple steps to keep spiders from invading your home:
- Mix essential oils such as lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, with water.
- Fill the solution in a spray bottle.
- Spray it around the entry points of spiders such as window frames, cracks in the door frames, holes in the walls, etc.
- To make it more effective, try this at least once every two days.
You can also use a spray of citrus-scented oil mixed with lemon juice to keep away spiders and make your home smell fresh.
The best thing about these sprays is the fact that they are non-toxic so that they will not affect your family and pets.
Tobacco leaves are one of the best natural spider repellents. They are easily available in the local grocery stores.
You can make a tobacco spray by crushing the leaves or infusing them in water. Or you can just place the tobacco leaves in those places where spiders are commonly seen.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Keeping spiders away is one of the various household uses of apple cider vinegar. Dilute apple cider vinegar with water & spray it in every corner of the house. Other than apple cider vinegar you can also use white vinegar for this purpose.
To make it a more powerful tool against spiders, you can mix it with liquid soap and peppermint oil. It will also act as an ant repellent.
Clean your Home Regularly
The cheapest way to check on spiders is to keep the insides of your home clean and hygienic. Regular dusting, vacuuming, and decluttering will keep spiders from making themselves at home.
Regular cleaning will keep other insects away from your home and it will eliminate the food source for spiders. As spiders eat other insects, reducing them will reduce their food sources and spiders will move out in search of the food.
Inspect Items before Bringing them Home
Things such as grocery bags and boxes of decorations that might be placed on the driveway while unloading or the delivered packages that are often placed on the front step if you are not at home.
These are the best opportunities for spiders to crawl on to the box or bags and be carried inside. You must inspect all the items before bringing them into your home.
Turn off your lights
Light doesn’t attract spiders but it does attract those insects that spiders feast on. So by turning off the lights outside you can prevent spiders from coming near your house. Use opaque blinds and shades to stop indoor lights from shining through outdoors.
Moreover, try to use yellow sodium vapor lights instead of bright white light as yellow lights are less likely to attract insects.
Being proactive about spider control will help to reduce the possibility of any spider species entering your home. But if you are experiencing high spider activity, hiring a professional pest control service is the best possible way to treat the spider infestation.
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