Spiders are beneficial and harmless, but they can sometimes be frightening. They tend to prefer areas that are dark and secluded—which is why spider webs are frequently found in the high places of houses, like second-story eaves or the underside of outdoor lighting.
These areas happen to be perfect spots for spider webs, which explains why so many homes have an abundance of cobweb-covered arches, gothic windows, and eves.
So, if you want to avoid calling pest control, or other spider web removal services, learn how to keep your home spider-free with this blog post. Fortunately, there are a few tips to help prevent spiders from building web nests on your house.
Keep your patio area clean, tidy, and clutter-free
Spider webs are commonly found in areas with lots of plants and brush, so you may be more likely to spot them on your patio if it’s overgrown with vines and weeds.
Additionally, spiders love to build their nests in any kind of clutter that’s lying around. Those can be forgotten tools or miscellaneous gardening equipment. When you keep your patio and front porch tidy, it won’t attract spiders to form webs.
By keeping your porch area and yard clean, you’ll have fewer bugs, and those pesky spiders will have to find elsewhere to make more spider webs.
Plus, you’ll also be preventing other pests, like ants, from finding their way inside your home.
Use natural lighting to disrupt spider schedules
If you’re finding spiders on your eves or other high-up spots, it’s likely that they’re traveling up there using a silk rope. If you’re seeing spiders during the afternoon, they’re using the sun’s rays to climb up your house.
To disrupt this schedule, try shutting off your porch light or any other outdoor lights after dusk. This will prevent spiders from climbing up your house. It will also allow you to see them climbing, which will make it easier to destroy their nests.
Burn citronella candles or torches
As you’re walking around your yard after dark and happen to see a spider web on your house, simply torch it with a citronella candle. Citronella is a natural and non-toxic insect repellent that will cause spiders to abandon their web.
Spiders do not like the smell of citronella. They even dislike lemon-scented cleaners. You might succeed in preventing spiders from making webs if you burn citronella-scented candles or torches in the dark corners of your house, such as:
- the corners of your patio,
- the tops of your door frames, and
- the undersides of your eves.
Spray essential oils on your outdoor furniture
Spiders do not like strong scents. You can use essential oils to drive spiders and other insects away from your patio furniture by spraying them on cushions and chairs.
Avoid spraying essential oils directly onto your patio tables, as they can stain the wood. Instead, try putting a few drops of the essential oil in a spray bottle filled with warm water. With your spray nozzle, mist them onto the furniture.
Keep in mind that not all scents repel spiders. If you’re looking for a specific oil that’s known to repel spiders, try:
- peppermint oil
- lavender oil
- tea tree oil
- cedarwood oil
- rosemary oil
Destroy any egg sacs you find
You may notice small spider egg sacs in the corners of your eaves or other high-up areas. These are the nests that baby spiders, called spiderlings, live in until they mature into adult spiders.
If you happen to find one of these spider egg nests, don’t worry. Simply pluck out the spider egg sacs and toss them in the trash cans. While you do want to be careful not to open the sac accidentally, you also don’t want to leave it alone. There may be hundreds of new spiders inside!
When you see spiderlings on your house, gently pluck them off and put them in a can, or shake them into a bucket. Then, put them in the freezer where they’ll die of frostbite.
Try bats, robots, and UV light
If you’re finding spiders on your house, you can try using a sonic spider-repellent device like the ones used to get rid of rodents. It’s unlikely the device will kill any spiders (you’ll have to remove their nests manually). But it might scare them enough to make them look for a new home.
If you’re finding spiders on your house in the fall or spring, you can try setting up a UV light trap. UV light attracts spiders, and once they crawl under the light, they get zapped. While these UV light traps are effective for getting rid of indoor pests, they won’t be as helpful for fighting spiders outside, since they’ll only attract the spiders that happen to be in the immediate area.
You can also try to attract bats to your yard with specially designed bat houses. Bats are opportunistic predators that feed on other bugs, including mosquitoes and flies. If you live in an area with a high spider population, the bats should be able to keep the spiders at bay.
Seal up the places where spiders like to build webs
While you can try to get rid of the spiders that are already building webs on your house, it’s better to prevent them from entering in the first place.
If you’re finding spiders in your eaves, you can use weatherproof caulking to seal up the gaps where the spiders may be entering. If you notice a specific spider web that’s particularly high up on your window sills, you can try using a long pole to knock the web down. You can also try pressure washing with dish soap, or getting a vacuum cleaner for hard-to-reach places.
Having a spider infestation is not the most comfortable way to live, but it can happen to the best of us. Try using some of these tactics to repel spiders from your home. However, if you are having an issue now, its best to call professionals who know exactly how to exterminate those pests.