How To Get Rid Of Spiders (17 Easy Tips That REALLY WORK!)

How To Get Rid Of Spiders (17 Easy Tips That REALLY WORK!)

 

Wondering how to get rid of spiders? We know they don't mean us any harm (most of the time), but it's hard to be rational with their 8 legs dangling all over the place!

If you're afraid of creepy crawlies, it can be really helpful to know how to keep them out of the home. Good news - today we're sharing 17 effective home remedies that will help you to get rid of spiders in the house (and they're surprisingly easy!)

Don't forget to share this with other arachnophobes too!

Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in May 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in April 2019. 

Different types of spiders

daddy long legs
Yikes!

We do have plenty of spiders in the UK, but one thing to be thankful for is that they rarely bite, and those that do won't cause any prolonged symptoms.

Some of the most common spiders that you might find in your house include Giant House Spiders, Daddy Long Legs, Hobo Spiders, Zebra Jumping Spiders, Cupboard Spiders, Money Spiders, Lace Web Spiders, False Widow Spiders and Cardinal Spiders. 

If you're wondering how to get rid of Wolf Spiders or Brown Recluse Spiders, the methods are the same as with any other spider. You should take additional care when dealing with this species - their bite is venomous! 

Why do spiders come inside?

Believe it or not, spiders don't always come inside. In fact, only 5% of house spiders have ever been outside.

House spiders grow in numbers when egg sacs are carried in on furniture or building materials. From there they mate and generally live in or under the same house throughout their entire life.

You may be wondering why you see more spiders at certain times of the year, if they're not coming from outside. There's an explanation for that - male spiders come out in search of females during the mating season, which is usually late Summer, but it varies for each species.  

How to catch a spider

If you do find a spider in your home, you might be wondering what the best way to remove it is. The most popular method for catching spiders in the home is to use a jar or a glass. This is a humane method that allows you to catch spiders without killing them. You can use any container, but the best spider catching tools are: 

  • Transparent 
  • Not too big and not too small
  • Not too heavy or fragile

You'll need nerves of steel to get close enough to the spider, and quick reflexes to trap it under the container. Once you have the spider trapped, you will need to slip a piece of paper under the jar. Takeaway menus and thin card work particularly well, because they give you a more solid base than paper. 

Carefully slide the paper under the container and then lift up the jar and paper together, being careful to keep the spider trapped. Release the spider outside, leaving a good amount of distance from your home.

If you're a bit more squeamish when it comes to spiders, this spider catcher might be the solution for you.  

How to get rid of spiders

If you really dislike spiders, the above news may come as quite a shock. All is not lost, however. We're sharing loads of easy ways to get rid of house spiders below.

1. Move the bins

outside spider web
Move bins away to keep those spiders at bay!

Unlike humans, spiders love flies. Bins are like food courts to spiders, as flies love to hang around rubbish.

Wheel your bins to new places as far away from your house as possible, and keep them closed at all times to keep spiders well away from your windows and doors.

 2. Use Horse Chestnuts

This is a great tip for those that want to know how to get rid of spiders naturally. There's little understanding as to why this method works, however it has been suggested that Horse Chestnuts - also known as conkers - contain certain chemicals that spiders find unpalatable.

Place horse chestnuts in the corners of your house where you experience high traffic levels of spiders. Cut a few holes in them if you can to further release any chemicals.

3. Turn off outdoor lights

It's no secret that light attracts insects, and what's a spider's favourite thing to eat? You guessed it - insects. Luring bugs into your home is like setting out a banquet with an 8-legged dress code. 

Prevent this potential buffet feast from happening by switching off those lights tonight.

4. Get a cat

cat black white on bed
They don't just look cute

Your four-legged friend, Fluffy, is an experienced hunter and will take care of any spiders that have the audacity to crawl around the floor or on the furniture.

This is one of the best ways to banish spiders without chemicals. If you haven't already got a furry pal to help, what are you waiting for?

5. Grow eucalyptus

You might like the smell of eucalyptus, but spiders do not. Consider growing eucalyptus as a houseplant or outside to discourage them from setting up camp in your house.

This is a wonderful, natural way to get rid of spiders in the home. 

6. Deter those creepy crawlies with cinnamon

cinnamon sticks
Cinnamon isn't just for Christmas!

That strong Christmas scent isn't just for the holidays!

We're all for using home remedies, and this is no exception. Cinnamon is perfect for keeping spiders away, so grab yourself a cinnamon candle to burn. You'll be sending those spiders packing in no time.

7. Lemon Peel

Another great way to get rid of spiders naturally is to use lemon. Spiders hate citrus, so it's the perfect weapon. 

Rub lemon peel all over your windowsills, bookshelves and anywhere they might like to hide. This is an easy way to move them along, and out of your home! If you're also looking for a way to get rid of spiders in the basement or garage, this could be an easy solution. Rubbing lemon around skirting boards and door frames should do the trick. 

8. Vinegar

Want to make a natural spider repellent? Grab a spray bottle and mix white vinegar and water together. Go around the house and spray your mixture into all the little crevices around your home to deter spiders - it'll work a treat.

Don't worry about the smell, that will disappear as soon as it dries.

9. Peppermint

If you're really worried about the smell of vinegar, try peppermint!

Fill up a spray bottle with water and add 20 drops of peppermint essential oils. Head to the cracks and corners of your house and spray the mixture into them to get rid of spiders without killing them.

Another option is using a peppermint tea bag. Once you've brewed the tea, leave the squeezed bag in the room that's prone to spiders to deter them.

10. Clean up

cleaning kit
Keep things spick and spin.

The best way to get rid of spiders in the house is to dust, vacuum and de-clutter your home regularly.

It's not the quickest method, but keeping your home cleaned regularly will mean those 8-legged friends don't get a chance to build webs and set up shop in your home.

11. Clean the garden

What if you're wondering how to get rid of spiders outside? We have the answer! 

You might think there's little you can do to keep your garden spider-free, but that's where you're wrong. The fuller your garden, the easier it is for spiders to build webs and set up camp.

If you've got lots of plant pots and foliage around your house that spiders love to build webs in, then it's time to clear and prune. It's also a good idea to keep plants away from the perimeter of your home. If you have large shrubs against the brick wall, you'll only encourage them to head inside. 

12. Seal up the cracks

How do those spiders get in anyway?

Spiders will gain entry to your home through cracks and openings around windows and doors.

Prevent them by sealing up the cracks with sealant.

13. Get rid of old drink vessels

Spiders are big fans of old bottle and cans so recycle them as quickly as possible before they move in.

14. Keep pet food covered

spider web outside
Don't lure them inside

You know how much flies love to buzz around your Summer BBQs? They'll find the same appeal in meaty pet food.

Grab some plastic boxes and place them over pet food to prevent it from attracting flies and other bugs, which will in turn, lure spiders into your home.

15. Bleach

Bleach is useful for many things - one of which is a homemade pesticide.

Spraying diluted bleach onto areas where spiders are lurking will soon get rid of them.

16. Lavender

Lavender might smell lovely to us, but spiders aren't such fans!

Fill a spray bottle almost full with warm water, then add 7 drops of lavender essential oils and 1 tbsp washing up liquid. Shake to combine, then spray into areas spiders are a problem (windows, doors and the base of walls are usually a good place to start).

This is a nice one for the bedroom, as it will make the whole room smell gorgeous!

17. Wash fruit

apples bowl
Wash them first!

Fruit attracts flies, which attract spiders. Grapes are particularly appealing to insects, so spiders are more likely to make their web amongst and around them.

Although most farmers now used pesticides which should prevent this, organically-grown produce may be more likely to house the odd four-legged friend or two.

To be on the safe side, always give fruit a clean when you bring them home from the supermarket.

 


Q&A

How do you get rid of spiders in the car? 

Spiders love to hide in cars, and they can be tricky to keep out. The first step is to keep doors and windows shut as much as possible, and to make sure that there aren't any gaps for them to sneak through. Next, you'll want to vacuum your car regularly to remove crumbs and spider webs. 

Give your car a thorough clean with a general purpose spray and then use one of the natural remedies above to deter them from coming back. Natural ingredients such as cinnamon, vinegar and citrus can be used to scent your car. 

What do spiders eat?  

Spiders do have one advantage - they'll trap and eat pests in your home. Insects like cockroaches, earwigs, mosquitoes, flies, and moths will be no match for their sticky webs! 

Why do spiders bite? 

Spiders will bite if they feel threatened. Spiders don't feed on human blood in the same way as bed bugs or mosquitos, so you don't need to be scared if you have them in your home. 

How do you get rid of spider eggs? 

You might have discovered a small egg sack near your windows or doorframes. This could be full of hundreds, if not thousands, of baby spiders that can hatch at any moment. If not dealt with, you'll have to handle a full-blown spider infestation. If you're removing the egg sack yourself, take care not to damage the sack, as you could disturb the baby spiders. 

Take a piece of kitchen roll and carefully dislodge the egg sack. Place the kitchen roll and the egg sack into a bin bag and tie the handles securely. Dispose of the bin bag in your general waste. You could also use a vacuum to dislodge and suck up the egg sack, but the sack might burst inside of your vacuum. 

Do spiders come up the plug hole? 

If you've found a spider in your bath, you might think it's crawled up the plug hole in true Incy-Wincy style. There's no need to leave your plug blocking the drain 24/7, as this simply isn't true! The U-bend in your plumbing will prevent any spiders from getting into your bath. 

 

We hope you've enjoyed the tips! 

Please share this article with your arachnophobic friends and let us know your tips in the comments below...

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Colleen B

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Lifelong biscuit addict. Obsessed with recipes, cooking & eating. Slightly lazier than the average bear, so likes writing about life hacks & discovering the quickest / easiest way to do things.

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  1. Author Liza on September 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I had two cats the female did get spiders i always knew as i would find just the legs the next day yuk but she passed away her brother now about 20 however is useless and has been fired apprentice style on many occasions when i have put spiders right in front of him and he looks at me with a gormless expression as if to say "AND" he wont even chase moths useless lol

    1. Author Colleen B on September 14, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Ha ha Liza - I like that he has been fired 'Apprentice-style' - maybe you need to a get a kitten now - (any excuse!)

    Reply
  2. Author Michelle on August 20, 2018 at 10:54 am

    I have four cats and one of the girls loves finding spiders and in the porchway where the webs and woodlice creap from, she will literally lick the corners clean and eat whatever comes out. Lol it’s not that we don’t feed her but she just loves spiders and woodlice and webs in the corners of the porch.

    1. Author Joanne A on August 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Michelle! Sounds like the best cat ever - can we borrow her?

    Reply
  3. Author Philip Watling on August 20, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Our cat is a wonderful huntress. Hardly seen any spiders since we got her and those we do aren't alive for long :P

    1. Author Joanne A on August 20, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Phillip! What are cats for, eh?

    Reply
  4. Author Amanda P on August 20, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I know many of us don't like spiders in the house but you really should leave them be. They pose us no harm whatsoever (unless you have venomous ones in your Country). They should be thought of as friends as they do a fantastic job eating all the nasty little bugs, cockroaches and flies that lurk in our homes that DO carry health risks such as typhoid, gastroenteritis, salmonella and many parasites including intestinal worms. Spiders are spooky but not dirty. You will rarely have ant or insect invasions if they are predated on by a resident spider! I leave them be and it irks me that my cat's hobby is rolling them into little dead spider balls! Save your efforts and remedies for dealing with insects that DO pose health risks but if you leave the spiders alone you probably won't have to. I have one living just inside my backdoor in the skirting, a quick inspection shows he has stopped many little bugs getting much further into my house this week!

    1. Author Joanne A on August 20, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Amanda! Thanks for sharing this view. It's great to hear that you're able to cohabit with your spiders. I think most people would be too spooked, but maybe if they read this they might change their minds!

    Reply
  5. Author Judith Evans on August 20, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Why would you want o rid your home of spiders? They keep flies and other bugs away. It's a shame that fear is and ignorance is responsible for the way the majority of people react to things they don't understand. Please don't publish articles like this as it does nothing to help teach people about the creatures that will help us. We humans don;t own this planet, we share it, and we have to learn how to share.

    1. Author Joanne A on August 21, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks for sharing your view, Judith.

    Reply
  6. Author Lilach on August 20, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    can you use essential oils? if I put in a spray eucalyptus essential oil and levander with water and spray it all over the house (I know it is good when you got cold and flu) would that be better than grow the tree in your house?

    1. Author Joanne A on August 21, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Lilach! It's well worth a try. Peppermint oil also works great for deterring spiders. Good luck!

    Reply
  7. Author Sandy on August 21, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Hi Joanne - Re #17: You mentioned spiders being attracted to grapes. I always keep mine (the grapes!) in the fridge. They taste better colder, too. I'm always finding huge spiders in the bath. Do they come up through the plug hole? Would wiping the inlets with eucalyptus oil, lemon peel, vinegar, peppermint or bleach, as you suggested, keep them away? I don't have a cat but a dog who loves to chase flies and moths, etc. I'll have to introduce her to a spider and see what happens.

    1. Author Joanne A on August 21, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Sandy! Thanks for commenting. Apparently, spiders can't get in through plugholes, because the U bend stops them. There's no concrete evidence to confirm this anywhere so I would wipe the inlets, as you said, to keep them away.

    Reply
  8. Author Raz on August 25, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Thank you so much really appreciate this spider article. Iv tryed conkers but the spiders are every where. Will be trying these

    1. Author Joanne A on August 28, 2018 at 10:43 am

      Hey Raz! We're so glad you found it useful!

    Reply
  9. Author Jan on December 21, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    I have a spider and a fly problem.

    1. Author Stephanie C on January 2, 2019 at 9:04 am

      Hi Jan. Could you please tell us a little bit more about the problem?

    Reply
  10. Author Jennifer M Nelson on April 8, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks for the article. it was so useful! But eating spiders make our cats sick so maybe we won't do that hack

    1. Author Joanne A on April 9, 2019 at 9:20 am

      You're welcome, Jennifer!

    Reply
  11. Author eva on April 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    good choices to do and i dont like spiders tbh

    1. Author Joanne A on April 23, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Neither do we, Eva!

    Reply
  12. Author Greg on April 23, 2019 at 5:34 am

    My new apartment is like that movie "Arachnaphobia" I find a couple of Daddy long legs spiders every day. Im pretty sure they are living in the heating ducts, and Im eager to try to get rid of them. I'll try the peppermint and lavender. Thanks.

    1. Author Joanne A on April 23, 2019 at 10:01 am

      That sounds like a nightmare, Greg! Good luck - please let us know how you get on.

    Reply
  13. Author mihirangi on May 4, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    i hate spiders.when i see tgem i alwats get nervouse and feel like goint to die .thnks for ur guidance ill try

    1. Author Joanne A on May 7, 2019 at 9:59 am

      Good luck!

    Reply

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