Canadian household spiders are mostly harmless but creepy, nonetheless. These are small, eight-legged arachnids that feed on flies, ants, and other bugs. There are hundreds of spider species in Ontario, so you are bound to come across them from time to time. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to get rid of spiders and keep them out of your home. The following article will list some easy, natural solutions to spiders. If you have been struggling with a spider problem on your property, give The Exterminators a call: 647-496-2211.
Spiders usually come in small numbers, so you should be able to remove them one at a time. You can eliminate them by crushing them with your shoes or by using a flyswatter. You can also roll up a magazine or newspaper and hitting them with that. If you would prefer not to harm a spider, you can trap it in a glass, slide a piece of paper underneath it, then release the spider outside.
Use a Homemade Spray
Spiders dislike the smell of vinegar, mint, and citrus. To repel them, mix equal portions of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, then spray the solution around entry points and areas of spider activity. For a more pleasant smell, use 5 drops of peppermint oil or citrus oil (orange, lemon, or lime) per cup of water.
Make Sticky Traps
Cut a piece of cardboard into 2 x 4 inch strips. Then, mix a cup of water with a cup of corn syrup and gently boil the mixture until it has thickened into a paste. Let the paste cool, then spread it over the cardboard strips. Place the strips in areas you have seen spiders, such as windowsills and the tops of cupboards.
Keep the House Clean
Keeping the house clean will make it less attractive to the bugs that spiders eat, therefore reducing your chances of getting spiders. Wipe surfaces clean and vacuum on a regular basis. Always clean up after a meal and avoid leaving any food out overnight. Store food in sealed containers.
Maintain the Yard
Insects and spiders like humid, quiet environments where they can hide, so be sure to remove those hiding spots from the exterior of your home. Move firewood a few feet away from the walls and dispose of grass cuttings or leaf piles.
Seal Bugs Out
A natural and sure-fire way to get rid of spiders it to keep them out. Using an expanding foam or silicone caulking, seal the cracks in your window frames, door frames, and siding. Check if your screens need replacing or repairing and consider adding a weatherstrip to the bottoms of your doors.
If you feel that your spider problem has gotten out of control, call your local pest remover. Professionals have the training and experience to properly identify the causes of the infestation and point you in the right direction. As licensed exterminators, technicians also have access to pesticides that work much better than any DIY solution. The products our technicians use are highly effective and completely safe. Call The Exterminators today for spider control services you can count on: 647-496-2211.