Spiders are one of nature's most perfect predators. They silently hunt their prey with patience, stealth and venom. Spider's keep away pesky insects that can annoy you with buzzing or can make you deathly ill. All of these traits should make spiders a welcome sight in your yard. The majority of home owners, however, see a spider and think of the infamous black widow, hobo spider and brown recluse. If these images drive you to want to rid the outside of your home of spiders you can remove their hiding places, seal up all of the holes and remove the arachnids.
Things You'll Need
- Lawn grade trash bags
- Lawn rake
- Hedge trimmers
- Pruning shears
- Caulk gun with silicone caulk
- Expansion foam
- Nut driver set
- Hardware cloth
- Glass jar
- Heavy cardboard (18-by-18 inches)
- Work gloves
- Safety glasses
Clean your yard. Pick up all debris and place it into lawn grade trash bags. Discard the bags as soon as possible.
Trim all of the hedges with trimmers. Cut the branches of the trees with pruning shears. Remove any branches and foliage within 24 inches of your house.
Inspect the exterior walls of your house. Fill all small holes and cracks with silicone from your caulk gun. Close off larger holes with expansion foam.
Remove each vent around your home with a screwdriver or nut driver. Cut a piece of hardware cloth with your shears to cover each vent hole. Replace the vents with the hardware cloth underneath. Seal the seams around each vent with caulk.
Inspect the outside of your home periodically. Place a glass jar over every spider you see. Slip a piece of cardboard under the open end of the jar and move the spider to a safe location on the far side of your property. Release the spider in a tree or shrub where it will make a new home.
Tips & Warnings
- Work gloves and safety glasses are required when using hand tools.
- Some spiders are venomous and dangerous to humans. Capture spiders with a clean jar and a piece of cardboard, not with your bare hands.
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