Spiders are one of the most common fears for people around the world. Here in Australia, most of our spiders are harmless to humans, although there are some that are incredibly dangerous. Funnel web spiders, red backs and tarantulas can all pose a threat to you, your children and your pets, so it is important to get rid of these species right away. Even if the spiders in and around your home are not dangerous, they can still create quite a mess and make your home look like it isn’t well cared for. Follow these simple steps to get rid of spiders and stop them from coming back.
Get Rid of Noticeable Webs
This is one of the quickest ways to get rid of spiders, and also one of the easiest. Any time you find a spider web in or around your house, wipe it away with a broom. Don’t try to do this with your hand just in case the spider is hiding out nearby. You don’t want to get bitten! Of course, the spider may simply build a new web in the same spot, so just keep knocking it down each time. Spiders are clever little creatures and will quickly realise that this isn’t a safe spot to build a web, forcing them to find a new home or risk having all their hard work go to waste.
Remove Popular Hiding Spots
Spiders love dark, hidden areas, so do your best to avoid making comfortable hangouts for them. Remove any rubbish and other debris from your yard, including garden waste, old furniture, piles of firewood and anything else that creates a safe haven for spiders. If you must keep your garden waste, like for compost, store it in closed bags away from your home, fences and other objects. Discourage your children from leaving their toys outside, and don’t hang on to play structures and other outdoor toys that they no longer use.
Vacuum High and Low
Spiders love to hang out in hard-to-reach areas, like the top of cabinets and under furniture, so don’t neglect these areas when you vacuum. Don’t forget to vacuum behind your furniture as well. It may require a bit more effort to get access to the areas you need to clean, but it is worth the few extra minutes to protect your home and family from spiders. Finally, vacuum along your baseboards and in the corners where your walls meet the ceiling.
Fill in Any Gaps
Spiders can be quite crafty, so if there is a way for them to get into your home, they will find it. Common access points include under doors, around windows and even around pipes. Do your best to fill in any gaps you find. Weather stripping is great for doors and windows, and caulk is useful for sealing gaps around pipes. Once installed, check on your deterrents regularly to ensure that they are still functioning properly.
Reconsider Your Exterior Lighting
Spiders are great for getting rid of moths, flies and insects around your home, but you’ll still have the spiders themselves to contend with. You can solve both of these problems by changing the way you use your exterior lighting. Moths and other winged insects are drawn to light at night, so aim to only run your outdoor lights when you are actually outside, not just because it is night time. When there are fewer bugs in the area, it is harder for spiders to get enough food, which will encourage them to find another, more suitable place to live.
Hire a Professional
Even if you follow the steps outlined here, spiders can still be tricky to get rid of. If you have tried all of the above tactics and find that you still have a spider problem, it is time to call in the services of a professional exterminator. Here at Dependable Pest Control, we are familiar with all of the common spiders found in the Sydney metropolitan area, so we can help you rid your home of spiders once and for all.
If you are unsure if a spider in or around your home is dangerous, call us right away. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free inspection of your property so that we can determine the next steps. Of course, if you are bitten by a spider, even if you don’t think it is dangerous, you should call your doctor or visit the hospital right away. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
For all your spider and pest control needs, call DPC. We work with both homeowners and businesses throughout the Greater Sydney area, and we have the expertise necessary to keep your home or office free of pests for many years to come.