How to get rid of spiders: All-natural tips to banish house spiders instantly

Spiders begin to appear more frequently in homes during the colder months of the year, and although they have some benefits for your home, the idea of ​​sharing a space with the eight-legged critters can be daunting for arachnophobes. Former exterminator Emily Smelley herself says she finds “spiders scary”, and decided to share her tips to try and eliminate them from the home without the need for an exterminator.

Emily shares her tips and tricks on TikTok, where she has amassed a following of 34.6K followers. “I’m here to talk about spiders and what you should do,” she said. “I am not even going to tell you what an exterminator would do to treat your house for spiders because it is stupid in my opinion.”

Instead, she recommended a non-chemical method to trap spiders in areas you commonly spot them. Glue boards are trays coated with an extremely sticky adhesive which are commonly used to get rid of household pests, and work to catch spiders according to Emily. “Glue boards, I get a lot of questions about these if they are kid and pet friendly,” she said.

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“My answer is yes, but put them in spots where they can’t reach it. Spiders are probably going to be under furniture, in closets, in corners of your house, cluttered areas and areas that aren’t super sealed up so if you can put in those areas [that is] perfect.”

And she has an extra tip for arachnophobes. Emily explained: “A tip on the glue boards is I think spiders are scary. I don’t want to see them. Instead of laying them flat, I fold them in a box. That way you can just close the box and act like there isn’t a spider in there because some of them are gross.”

Alternatively, Emily recommends using a “contact kill” spray, although she notes you should try and find one which is “on the organic side”. These sprays can be used both inside your home and on outside areas such as window frames or doors.

She recommended using Web Out, which is an all-natural product to remove spider cobwebs and repel spiders. The spray includes Thyme oil, lemongrass oil, citronella, sodium lauryl sulphate, vinegar, isopropyl alcohol and water.

“Web Out is on the more organic side, it is safe for pets and safe for kids,” she said. “But keep them away from it while it’s drying for 30 to 40 minutes.”

The spray also acts as a residual to deter spiders from coming into the areas where it has been sprayed.

“The residual inside lasts you five to six months, outside it will last two to three months,” said Emily.

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Although the spray head means the product can be spritzed directly onto high-traffic areas, Emily recommends using a toilet brush to apply the product.

“You can do under furniture, you can do inside closets, you can do general corners and ceilings of your room where you see them the most,” she said.

“You can put that product down and it will make them not rebuild webs, it will take them out, delightful.

“Use the same thing for outside. You can do eaves, you can just brush it along the window sill so they can’t come from the window.

“You can brush along the doorways so it can’t come into your doorways. You can brush it around the garage so it won’t come into your garage. That’s what you should do.”

5 organic spider-repellant sprays

Web Out is fairly hard to come by in the UK and may need to be shipped from the US. Here are five alternative natural spider-repellant sprays: