Do-It-Yourself Spider Control
There are a variety of do-it-yourself solutions that homeowners can take to attack a spider problem and in most cases, seeing a single spider is not an indication of a widespread infestation. If the problem is localized and proactive measures are taken to prevent future infestations, these home solutions can be relatively effective:
- Apply a residual insecticide to all areas of your home that spiders could find attractive. Consult an expert to determine where in your particular home these areas are.
- Install special sodium light bulbs as porch lights to repel the insects who serve as potential food sources for spiders.
- Keep rooms clutter-free and well-organized.
- Tidy kitchens regularly to prevent the accumulation of crumbs and other food residue.
- Vacuum thoroughly the area in which you find spider egg sacs, as spiders tend to lay large numbers of eggs at a time. If you do find an egg sac, proceed with caution as certain spiders will attack if they perceive a threat to their young.
- Seal any and all cracks in your home, as well as any gaps in windows or doors.
- Install screens over all vents that are open to the outside air.
- Remove vegetation from the areas surrounding the foundation of your home.
- Scatter diatomaceous earth around the cracks and corners of your home and in areas spiders might frequent.
Following this playbook of do-it-yourself steps can help keep your home free from spiders, but should not be thought of as a substitute for professional help. If an infestation becomes too widespread, it’s always safest to get in touch with a professional exterminator.