Many people dread the thought of spiders in their homes as some of these little monsters are known to have a poisonous bite but especially due to their not-so-attractive looks. Again, spiders have the notorious behavior of making webs all over the place, creating a mess.
Unfortunately, your garage might have the ideal conditions for spiders to thrive and make webs, especially if it is dark and badly organized. If you’re tired of these unwanted guests in your garage and you’re looking for a quick and effective way of kicking them out, then read on.
1. Get Rid of Unwanted Items
Are there obsolete or unwanted items in your garage? Dispose of them. Keep in mind that the more the junk in the garage, the higher the chances of spiders infesting the place.
Whether it’s plastics, wood or useless metal pieces, you have got to get rid of them.
2. Utilize Boxed Storage
If tools are lying around in your garage or empty or unsealed boxes in there, those are perfect conditions for spiders to thrive.
Therefore, organize your tools in sealed storage boxes.
Try keeping the boxes on elevated benches and off the walls to make it harder for the spiders to reach them.
3. Clean Up Almost Daily
One thing about spiders is that they love dirty and dusty places, probably because such places offer good spots for making their webs and trapping insects.
Therefore, the surest way of driving spiders would be to clean up your garage frequently, at least twice every week. If you work in your garage every day and see that there’s too much dirt at the end of the day, be sure to clean the place before leaving.
As part of your routine cleaning, you should sweep and vacuum the garage, and if you come across any webs or egg sacs, be sure to clean them out.
4. Utilize A Better Lighting Strategy
Let’s clear up an issue – spiders are not really attracted to light bulbs; they love the dark, and that’s why they make their living quarters in dark, hidden areas. But, have you noticed how they will always show up in places with light bulbs?
They do so for the food. Spiders feed on flying insects like moths, and now that such insects love artificial lights, you will often find spiders near such places; they’re there to hunt.
To deal with the problem, try using natural light during the day; use transparent windows or open the windows to let the light in rather than using light bulbs. During the night, keep the garage lights off unless you’re working in there.
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5. Seal The Holes
Holes and cracks on the walls and roof of the garage an ideal entry points for spiders. So, rather than waiting until the spiders are in the garage to try and eradicate them, why not launch a preventive measure? Try sealing the holes and cracks.
Prep a thick paste of petroleum jelly and permethrin 5% powder and apply it to the holes and cracks. A better alternative is caulk, and you can find this at a hardware store. You could also use flypaper to trap spiders.
There are lots of natural and chemical repellents for spiders. The chemical repellents are more effective, but due to the idea of minimizing environmental pollution as well as the effect on health, we’d encourage you to go for natural remedies. Here are a few homemade repellents you can try:
An essential oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil or lavender oil spray – you can get these sprays at a health food store or buy them from an online store.
A vinegar-coconut oil solution.
Cinnamon – spiders hate its smell.
Scatter horse chestnuts in and around the garage.
Lemon essence – coat the outlets and holes with this.
- Spiders don’t poop like bigger creatures. Instead, they release uric acid, which is not something you have to worry about.
- The solid stuff that you see on and around webs is mostly eggs, which can result in more spiders if not gotten rid of.
Let’s go on, shall we?
In this section, we will look at a step by step method of clearing spiders from your garage right now.
Step one – remove the litter
As mentioned before, spiders love dark, messy places full of empty boxes and stuff that is just lying around. If there’s firewood in the garage, place it in a huge resealable box or move it to a different place, maybe to a protected place outside the garage.
Get rid of all the items you’re not using anymore and organize what remains properly. Before you call it a day, sweep and vacuum the place, removing all debris and spider webs.
Step two – eradicate the other insects
Spiders feed on insects, and so if there are other insects like houseflies or moths in your garage, that’s a good attraction for spiders. If you can eradicate the other insects, you leave the spiders with no food, and they have no option but to leave the place. One way of getting rid of other insects include removing insect-attracting lights and using flypapers to catch and destroy small insects.
Step three – keep the doors and windows shut
Whenever you’re not working in the garage, ensure the windows and doors stay closed. In addition to that, you could try placing tight-fitting screens over the vents and windows to prevent insects from getting into the garage.
Also, seal the holes and cracks using spackling paste or caulk.
Step four – spray some spider repellent in there
Use a homemade remedy or get a commercial repellent from an online store to repel or kill spiders and other insects.
Want to make an effective repellent for spiders at home?
Put a quart of water in a spray bottle and add six drops of essential oil, then spray the solution along the garage’s walls both inside and outside as well as on any places where you think spiders might be hiding.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What can I use to kill spiders naturally?
If you’re looking for natural ways of killing spiders, then try spraying their webs and hiding places with the following:
- Liquid Dish Soap
- Lavender Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Black Pepper
- Scented Candles
You can mix any two or three remedies, say vinegar and black pepper in one spray bottle and spray that; it will be more effective.
2. What tactics can I use to keep spiders away?
- Get a pet
- Spray peppermint oil or natural spider spray around the garage, especially on the walls
- Keep your garage organized; get rid of all the litter
- Use natural means of lighting the garage, like using transparent windows and night, keep the lights off unless you’re working late
3. What is attracting spiders to my house and garage?
Food and ideal shelter. Spiders feed mostly on flying insects, and if your home has a rich supply of them, then spiders will definitely show up for the feast. Flying insects get attracted to light bulbs, and spiders get attracted to these insects.
So, if you want kick spiders out, try insect traps like flypaper and consider revising your lighting system. Disorganized places offer spiders ideal living quarters, so if your house or garage is badly organized, clean and organize it, disposing of all the obsolete items.
4. Can I use mothballs to keep spiders away?
Yes. Mothballs are used to kill moths and other insects, which happen to be the main dish for spiders. When you take away their food, the spiders will have no choice but to beat it. And, as spiders are also insects, the mothballs exterminate them as well. Actually, mothballs offer you one of the most effective ways of getting rid of spiders, keeping them away for as long as six months.
That, folks, is how you kick spiders out of your garage. And by the by, these tactics also work when you need to eradicate spiders from your house. The only difference is that you need to be extra careful when using chemical repellents in your main house. Actually, homemade repellents would be safer and more suitable for your house.
Remember the main points – keep the garage clean and properly organized, use proper lighting that doesn’t attract small insects (which are spiders’ food), keep the doors and windows closed whenever possible, seal the holes and cracks, and use repellents.
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