I live in an old farmhouse. When my family moved in, it was infested with the creepy and poisonous spider, the brown recluse.
The cost for four traps is $2-3 dollars – very cheap in comparison to surgery from a spider bite! There are several brands out there and you can purchase them from stores (check by the mouse traps) or order them on-line. There are some other pluses to this method: you will get rid of cockroaches, mice, and other pests (meaning less food for the spiders) and you will avoid the chemicals from pesticides.
I have used pesticides, but very carefully. The research I have done leads me to believe that breathing in the fumes or getting the product on your skin is not good for you. Personally, I have found that if I use a lot of sticky traps, I do not need to spray as much, and haven’t for a couple years. If you are going to use pesticides, my advice is to wear clothing that will keep the spray from touching your skin, use a filtered mask, wear disposable gloves, and spray when the house is going to be empty for awhile. For instance, if you are going on vacation, get all the pets and people out of the house, and then spray following the instructions on the container. Change your clothes, close up the house and leave. Another piece of advice when choosing a pesticide is to make sure that the brown recluse is listed as one of the insects it kills (it does not just say “spiders”).
Seal around your baseboards, windows, and any cracks. This can be a bit time consuming, but worth it. We used almost 30 tubes of caulk in this old farmhouse!
Spider-Proof your Closets and Storage Areas
Paint your closet floors white, or a light color. This is not necessarily a method to get rid of spiders; rather it is to help you see them easily so you can deal with them. Our closet floors used to be dark, and it was not easy to see if there was something lurking in the corner. Now that they are white, it is very easy to tell. I use shoe racks to store my shoes off the ground. Though I have never personally found a spider in a shoe, I still shake mine out before putting them on. I have bought large plastic tubs (make sure they have tight lids with no holes) to store items in. They are not fool-proof, but a big help. And yes, I do keep a fly swatter hanging in any storage areas; particularly if it is an area I’ve seen a lot of spiders.
If you have sink cabinets, don’t forget to caulk around the plumbing and paint white on the inside floor of the cabinet.
Keep the Junk Piles Away
Don’t let your laundry pile up on the floor. Use hampers, and train your kids to use them.
Be sure to shake out whatever you have stored before you use it. Be extra careful when moving furniture or digging in boxes. I have bought a box of cheap disposable surgical gloves to wear when I do this. For instance, when I get down all my boxes of Christmas decorations that have not been used for a year, I will wear the gloves – both to move the boxes, and while I am taking things out of them. This has turned out to be a great idea!
Keep your junk to a minimum, and DON’T store it under your bed. I do not put anything at all under my beds but sticky traps. Boxes are a big attraction to recluse spiders, so avoid putting boxes under your bed (where you spend a lot of time sleeping). Consider not using a bed skirt, or if you do, one that does not touch the floor.
This is what has helped me. Momma’s best to you in your endeavor (war) against the Brown Recluse!
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