Unlike you’re living in the middle of the ocean or in the polar regions, you’ve likely experienced that dreaded feeling of crossing paths with an unwanted spider in your house. So, here’s our guide on how to get rid of spiders safely from your home.
While most spiders aren’t poisonous, you probably don’t want to find them in your shoes or the kitchen pantry.
So, what can you do to deter spiders in your home? We asked pest control removal expert Chris Voyce from Easy Pest Supplies for his top tips on how to safely remove spiders from the home.
Most common house spiders found in Malaysia
Here are some of the most common house spiders found in Malaysian dwellings:
1. Wolf spiders
While not deadly, wolf spider bites are painful and toxic. These spiders are dark grey in colour and vary between 15-20mm in length.
There are some who hate spiders to their guts and then there are some who keeps tarantulas as pets. These eight-legged critters aren’t exactly dangerous but they’re mildly venomous. Its bite may cause irritation to your skin.
3. Harvestman spiders
Commonly known as daddy longlegs for their spindly legs, harvestmen spiders are often found in humid places and often feed on insects, spiders, mites, sometimes snails, and plants.
What to look out for in case of spider infestation
Once you’ve removed the spiders safely, there are some measures you can take to ensure you’re not putting yourself at risk of being bitten by spiders or bringing unwanted creepy crawlies inside. Chris gives shares his tips:
1. Before getting dressed
Before getting dressed in the morning, make sure you shake footwear and clothing that have been left outdoors. This will prevent any nasty surprises when you put your shoes or coat on.
2. Bringing items inside
If you’ve left toys, clothes, or shoes outside at night, make sure you inspect them before bringing them inside. Be careful when you do this.
What to do if you’ve been bitten
If, despite your best efforts, you’ve been bitten by a spider, seek urgent medical attention. Chris also adds that it’s very important to identify the spider correctly, too, as this will help with the treatment you receive.
When you should remove spiders
Most people aren’t a fan of spiders, and some are even arachnophobic. However, Chris advises that they play a very important role in our ecosystem, by acting as a natural deterrent and control for other pests.
It’s important that when removing spiders, you only kill poisonous spiders that may cause harm to you, your loved ones and pets – as other spiders are a vital part of the environment.
How to get rid of spiders safely
Before removing spiders, determine whether the spider is poisonous or not. Chris says that as a general rule of thumb, most spiders with wheel-shaped webs are not poisonous.
Poisonous ones, on the other hand, weave “messy webs under eaves, in the corners of doors and windows [and] behind pot plants”.
Once you’ve determined whether the spider is dangerous, you can proceed with removing it safely.
How to remove non-poisonous spiders
Step 1. Grab a thick piece of paper and a container/cup.
Step 2. Place cup over spider and slide paper underneath.
Step 3. Carry the spider outside, and let it free.
Step 1. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any webs from eaves and windows.
Step 2. Release any harmless spiders into your garden using the method above.
How to get rid of dangerous spiders
Step 1. Spray an insecticide or crawling insect spray onto any webs, nests, or poisonous spiders.
Step 2. After spraying, leave the webs for a few days. Spiders may hide while you’re spraying their webs and not actually be affected by the insecticide until later when they will reform the web and ingest the insecticide.
Step 3. Remove the web with a broom.
How to get rid of spiders naturally
These natural spider repellents will keep the eight-legged arachnid off your property for good.
1. Peppermint oil
Strong scents repel spiders, spiders find them revolting. Peppermint oil is one of the most popular essential oils to keep them away. Just add 15 to 20 drops to a spray bottle filled with water and spray at all corners of the house. Aside from that, you can also try using tea tree, lavender, rose and cinnamon oil, they’re equally as effective.
2. Turn off the light
The presence of light doesn’t attract spiders, but it sure does attract other insects to your house. And what do spiders like to feast on? Insects. So turn off the outside lights to prevent both insects and spiders in the house. But if you do want to leave the lights on, we suggest using yellow sodium vapour lights as they are less likely to attract other insects from crawling into your home.
3. Clean your home
A cluttered home = more places for spiders to hide. To prevent spiders from building their webs and calling your home theirs, you need to declutter your home and keep it clean and tidy. Vacuum and dust your home on a regular basis to get rid of unwanted spider webs. Another important thing to note: always go for plastic containers because it’s harder for spiders to crawl into as compared to materials made of paper.
4. Get a spider catcher
Perhaps one of the most effective ways of getting rid of spiders, the spider catcher is a vacuum that picks up spiders and traps them in the machine. Once the spiders are trapped, you can take it outside and release it without hurting it.
5. Place a glue trap
If you want a non-pesticide option, get some glue traps. Place them in areas where spiders are most likely to roam or build webs like dark, quiet areas. To make the trap look more appealing, leave a dead bug on the glue trap and spiders will make a beeline to it.