How to Get Rid of Spiders
Spiders are most likely to enter your home in the autumn in search of a warm place to spend the winter.
The best advice, in general, is to leave them alone. This can be difficult for the millions of people who have a real fear of spiders.
Majority of spider infestations are more of an annoyance – particularly their webs. However, on occasions, more serious situations can occur.
One example of this is the False Widow spider (the common name for a group of species in the genus Steatoda), where there is potential for harm from their bites.
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To control a small infestation, you may decide to use DIY spider products. An established infestation though may require professional treatment to ensure that it will not reoccur.
Signs of a Spider Infestation
Most of the spiders in this country produce webs and this is a key way to identify if spiders are present in your home or business.
In general, spiders can be found in dark, secluded areas, both in your home and garden.
Look for spider webs – The size and shape of spider webs vary by species. Some are orb-shaped while others are funnel-shaped.
Some spider species live in burrows rather than webs, while others are free-ranging and take refuge in crevices.
Some species of spiders are attracted to moist environments. Check your basements, walls, sheds and other damp locations.
Other species can be found in places such as attics, the junction of a wall and ceiling, closets and storage boxes.
Spiders feed on other insects and prey on ants, flies, woodlice and other spiders, so where there is a plentiful supply of other insects, spiders will wait to find their next meal.
As the temperature drops in Autumn, spiders become more active, looking for a mate, and come out of their hiding places. Towards the end of Autumn many die off, but some hibernate until the following Spring.
Spider eggs are laid into a silken sac, on average about 100 eggs in each sac, which may be fixed to a surface, hidden in the web or carried by the female. Signs of the sacs fixed indoors indicate that soon there will be more spiders around.
Tips on Spider Removal
- The most effective way to control spiders is to limit their food source. This should include clearing away dead flies, woodlice, millipedes, centipedes and other crawling insects.
- Vacuum regularly, high and low – particularly sheltered spots such as beneath worktops, backs of cupboards or under/behind large furniture.
- Remove noticeable webs – on a regular basis.
- Fill in gaps – in walls, around pipework and under doors to deter entry.
- Remove sheltering sites – like firewood piles, garden bags, compost piles and general clutter from near your property.
- Deter all insects – use lighting in a way that is less attractive to the insects (flies) that spiders feed on.