You don’t need to have arachnophobia to dislike spiders coming to your home uninvited. And if you do have arachnophobia, your fear of the new eight-legged roommate is probably keeping you up at night wondering how to get rid of the spiders.
Depending on where you live, the number and species of spiders can vary. But whether you’re in a high-risk area for spider infestation or you live somewhere that spiders seldom invade, it’s always good to protect your home against pests. Here’s how to get rid of spiders and prevent them from showing up again in the future.
The best ways to get rid of spiders in the apartment
If you’ve discovered that you’re sharing your home with some spidey friends, here are a few ways you can get them out.
1. Clean, clean, clean
Pull out your vacuum and the Lysol and start cleaning. Places that aren’t regularly cleaned are sure to attract spiders. Vacuum and wipe down all the places spiders are likely to hide and build webs.
Check along all of the baseboards and in the corners of your home, inside drawers and cabinets (especially in the kitchen and bathroom), around windows and in the areas that see less foot traffic, like storage rooms or closets.
2. Seal cracks
Check around windows and doors that lead outside for any cracks where spiders might have gotten in. Use caulk to seal around windows and doors, and add weather stripping to doors with gaps underneath them.
3. Set traps
You can use traps or catchers to capture spiders and remove them from your home or apartment. Try setting sticky traps for them or investing in catchers specifically for spiders.
There are catchers that are like vacuums and suck up the spiders safely so they can be released outdoors, or there are others that help you scoop up the critters without suction, but still safely, so they can be taken out.
What to use to keep spiders out of the house
There’s more than one single product you can use to keep spiders out of your humble abode. Here are a few of the best tried-and-true things that will keep them out of your home or apartment.
1. Essential oils
If you’ve ever smelled an undiluted essential oil, you know that some of them can be pretty strong. A few essentials oils repel spiders, as these scents may be overwhelming to them. Peppermint, tea tree, lavender, rose and cinnamon oils are among the best essential oils for getting rid of spiders in your apartment or home.
Just put a few drops on a cotton ball and place them around your home (near baseboards, in corners, in drawers, etc.) or dilute 15 to 20 drops of an essential oil with some water and spritz your home with it periodically.
2. White vinegar
Also a popular cleaning product, white vinegar can chase away unwanted “friends.” Fill a spray bottle with a solution that’s half water and half white vinegar and spray it in problem areas.
Using citrus or citrus-based products can help repel spiders. Rub a lemon peel on baseboards and around windows and use cleaning products with citrus scents. If you spend time outside on your porch or patio, light citronella candles.
Put small cedar blocks around your home, especially in spider-prone areas like closets and storage areas (drawers, cabinets, under the sink, etc.). You can also spread cedar chips around the base of your home outside for extra measure.
Vampires aren’t the only ones that hate the smell of garlic — spiders do, too! Try putting garlic cloves in small bowls around your home in the areas spiders are likely to nest (closets, storage areas, etc.).
If you don’t mind your whole house or apartment smelling like garlic, you can also try mixing the garlic with water and spraying it throughout the house.
While some plants attract spiders, others repel them. Basil, lavender, mint, lemon balm and chrysanthemum are among those that can be planted in pots and placed around your home in window sills or on side tables to deter spiders. You can also plant them outside to keep spiders well-away from the house.
Other reasons spiders might be coming into your apartment
The exterior of your building may also play a role in why spiders have invaded your home. You should also consider:
- Trees, bushes and shrubs: Spiders may be attracted to your house because of your landscaping. If you have lots of trees, bushes and shrubs along the outside of your home, you can bet that spiders will be present. You don’t need to completely remove these plants, but make sure you keep them trimmed well and away from the main points of entry to your home, such as windows and doors.
- Clutter and debris: If you have any type of clutter or debris outside of your home or in your garage or shed, it serves as an easy place for spiders to hide and nest, undisturbed. That means stacks of wood, piles of leaves, crumpled tarps, garbage, compost and other items you don’t often touch or use are prime real estate. Keep things clean and spray these areas with spider repellents to keep them away.
Prevention is key to get rid of spiders
Even if you don’t live in an area where spiders are heavily present, it’s always smart to take precautions and do what you can to prevent spiders. After all, it’s easier to keep the spiders away altogether than it is to find them and have to tear your home apart to get rid of them. Maintain a clean home and consider the tips above and you’ll be spider-free!