HOW TO KEEP SPIDERS OUT OF YOUR HOUSEOctober 7, 2018
Spiders are the king of creepy crawlies; they are scary, have eight legs, and tiny beady eyes that seem to always look at you from any angle. In fact, the fear of spiders is among the most common phobias in the world, up there with the fear of heights. The fact that most spiders are harmless to humans and would rather hide from you does not factor in. This is why we always endeavour to get rid of any signs that these tiny annoyances of nature are not setting up residence in our homes. There are quite a number of ways to make sure your home remains spider free, and most of them are easy to implement. Here are a few ways to keep spiders out of your house:
The first step to a modicum of peace is to make sure your entire house is clean. This will make sure that there are no particles of food that could attract spiders, or the insects that form the majority of their diet. You should endeavour to clean your house thoroughly at least once a week. Dust the corners, clean out the shelves, and wipe away the dirt on surfaces around the house such as window sills and frames to prevent spiders from making them their home. You should also make sure that the trash is not allowed fill up, by taking it out at least ever two days. Trash attracts flies and other tiny insects that form the core diet for a number of spider species.
Remove the cobwebs from the ceiling corners, rafters, and even on window frames in order to keep spiders from forming a permanent home. This can be done with a normal cobweb remover that can be purchased at the local utility store, or even a damp soft cloth. Make sure you check the places in your house that spiders love to nest, for instance in your potted plants. To keep them away, you can spray the plant with a natural, non-harmful repellent such as white vinegar. You should also contract the services of a professional cleaning outfit that comes once a month to your house, to take care of any areas you might miss. This will not only help you keep the crawlies away, but also keep your house spotless; everyone loves a clean house.
Get yourself a cat
Cats are more than pets and home companions. Getting yourself one of these cuddly animals will also serve the secondary purpose of keeping your home free of different species of crawling insects. This is because cats are exceptionally good hunters whose diet also consists of small insects and rodents. This means that they will take care of a number of insects around your home including cockroaches, crickets, and of course spiders. Rodents such as rats and mice will be taken care of within the same measure. Feline friends really are the solution to everything.
Take time on the outside
Most of the time, spiders come from places we knowingly neglect because they are not part of the inside of the house. For most people, taking care of the outside usually consists of cleaning the drive and maybe taking care of the grass once in a while. There are a few things you can add to the maintenance regiment of the sides of your house to keep the 8 legged terrorists away. One of these is to trim all the plants that are touching your home. This includes trees, flowerbeds, and even kitchen gardens. This is because spiders like to make a home in the leaves and folds of the plants. For added peace of mind, you can add diatomaceous earth, which is a white powder that is made of algae, to around the plants to repel spiders.
Other ways you can take care of the outside is by:
- Removing all unnecessary plants such as ivy and bush where spiders may live.
- Filling up any cracks and gaps in the walls, foundation, or roof. This is a point of egress for spiders.
- Turning off the outside lights at night to keep off the various insects that are attracted to them. These insects are usually a food source for spiders.
Use natural products
There are some natural ways you can repel spiders from your home, with ingredients that are readily available. Here are a few you could experiment with in your house:
- Spray a mixture of half water and half white vinegar into cracks and crevices in your home. Make sure to avoid varnished surfaces which may be damaged by the vinegar.
- Create a spider repellent out of essential oils such as peppermint, tea tree and cinnamon. The recommended mixture is 15 to 20 drops in about a litre of water. Swap them regularly to keep the spiders from getting immune to one particular essential oil.