How to get rid of spiders?

Image of a house spider
Canstock image

During the Autumn months you tend to see lots of spiders.

Although most spiders like to stay outside, some will venture into your home during this time in search of food and the male of the species will be looking for a mate.

There are too many remedies to list here, so we offer the following guidance that has been tried and tested and it actually works!

Follow this guide for a spider free home:

    1. Using caulk and an applicator gun, fill in all the gaps you can see in your home.  Don’t forget to include any gaps around doors and windows. Spiders will come through any holes outside of your home so caulk around pipes too.  Pay particular attention to areas around the boiler, washing machine and dishwasher.  Where a pipe comes into your house from the outside, ensure you fill it.
    2. Vacuum up all the spiders you can see.  Immediately take your vacuum cleaner outside and empty the contents into a sealed bag and place in an outside bin. Spiders can survive in your hoover bag and they will make their way out of it if you leave them inside!
    3. If you have a mass of spiders, you may need a spider repellent.
    4. Place diatomaceous earth powder at the entrances to your home (it is safe to use around pets and people). The spider will die if it comes into contact with it.
    5. Place a few broken peppermint oil capsules or broken horse chestnuts near doors and windows – these may deter them from coming back. You can also use a spray bottle, fill with peppermint oil and hot water and spray all entrances to your home.
    6. Keep your house tidy. Spiders love places to hide so make it difficult for them.
    7. Regularly remove cobwebs from walls and ceilings using a cobweb duster brush.
    8. Use door/window screen(s) if you like to leave them open during the Autumn months.
    9. If you are in the garden in the evening, shut your doors and windows.
    10. Keep your front and back garden swept.
    11. Cut back or remove any plants/trees directly outside your home, move them to the end of the garden where possible.
    12. When placing anything in the attic or garden shed, use plastic storage containers instead of cardboard boxes.

In the event that you have a spider infestation or you may believe you have poisonous spiders in your home, click here.

If you have any other issues, click on the relevant guides below:

Mice/Rats Bed Bugs Ants
Wasps Carpet Beetles Fleas
Bats Spiders Foxes