How to Trap & Kill Spiders

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Most spiders are venomous, but most will not bite humans. Few spiders that bite humans actually can cause significant harm to that person. However, spiders can be very unpopular and unwanted roommates. Since they mostly hide in particularly moist or dry areas around the house, you probably won't even know they're there. If spiders are an issue for you and you want them gone permanently, you'll need to strategize to capture and do away with them.

Things You'll Need

  • Commercial spider traps
  • Cardboard
  • Tangle-Trap insect coating
  • Purchase or make a spider trap. Commercially bought spider traps use attractants such as food scents, which attract spiders and crawling insects. The arachnid or insect then gets stuck to the sticky surface. Construct a homemade spider trap by coating a piece of cardboard with a sticky spray, such as Tangle-Trap Insect Coating.

  • Set spider traps anywhere you think there might be spiders in your house. Popular places are basements, crawl spaces, air vents or attics. If you've spotted a spider and can't access it, place the trap as close to the spider as possible.

  • Dispose of the spider. If you choose the kill the spider, end its life as soon as you can so that it does not remain stuck to the trap. Liquid insecticides are the quickest way to kill a spider.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of killing spiders, try repelling them instead. You can purchase ultrasonic devices that claim to repel spiders. There are scents that have been known to repel spiders, such as eucalyptus and citrus.
  • Poison-free, toxic-free commercial traps are available.

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