It can generally go without saying that most people don’t really like having pests in or around the house. Not only are they an eyesore, but in some rare cases, they can actually be dangerous.
Out of the dangerous pests, the ones that can be the most troublesome to get rid of are going to be spiders, as they can make themselves at home in just about any nook or cranny you have on your property, unlike bees, who need to make a hive.
Spiders, while problematic, are very easily dealt with if you have an infestation in your home. All you really need to do is either spread some spider repellent, some general insecticide, or contact an exterminator to get the job done safely.
However, it becomes several times more problematic to try and remove spiders when you are dealing with your deck or patio.
One of the biggest reasons for this is because you are outside, and the outdoors is typically where the spider prefers to hang out. It can be difficult to tell if you simply have wild spiders in your grass or if you have an actual infestation in your deck.
Nonetheless, there are plenty of reasons to remove the spiders, and thankfully, there are just as many ways that you can get the job done.
How Do You Go About Removing Spiders?
Of course, if you are dealing with anything that resembles an infestation, no matter how much you might not want to do it, it is important to get in contact with an exterminator who can remove the source of the infestation, typically being a spider nest, and making sure that all the spider eggs that may be lying about are eradicated.
If you are sure that it is not an infestation of your deck or patio, there are about three main types of spider repellents that you can consider.
There are all-natural repellents, typically made from household items that you should have little to no trouble finding. There are going to be physical repellents, such as plug-in repellents, that you need to have a physical space for if you want things to work as they should. Finally, there are insecticides, which work on spiders despite the fact that spiders are technically not considered insects.
With that being said though, the first thing you will want to do, if you want to minimize spider presence as much as possible, is ensure that your deck is not a suitable living area for spiders of any kind. There are a few different ways that you can go about doing this.
Making Your Deck or Patio Unappealing to Spiders
No matter if you simply don’t want spiders bothering you while you are spending time outside or you are simply trying to reduce the number of spiders that make their way into your home, the first step you should always take is going to be to make your deck as inhospitable to the spiders as you can.
For instance, one of the things you could consider doing is making sure that you don’t have a lot, or any, outdoor lights on near your deck. Light tends to attract lots of different insects that spiders prey on. Because of this, spiders will often be attracted toward the light as well, bringing them out onto your patio.
To make sure that the spiders don’t have any nooks or crannies where they can get into your house through, you will want to make sure that you fill all crevices and cracks around window frames and door frames.
This is particularly important if you are tackling the spider problem because you want to minimize or completely reduce the spiders’ presence inside of your building.
If you want to add a little bit of style to your deck while also trying to make sure that it remains spider-free, you might want to think about adding eucalyptus sprigs around the perimeter of the house, focusing especially on places where you do not want spiders appearing. Most bugs do not appreciate the harsh smell of the eucalyptus tree.
To make sure that the spider isn’t looking at other areas around the house to try and settle down in, you will want to make sure that you clean out the gutters of your house on a regular basis.
This can prevent many different pests from trying to settle inside or near your home, not just spiders, so keep this in mind.
Last, but most certainly not least, you are going to want to make sure that you keep the deck, porch, or patio in good working order. Doing this prevents the spiders from trying to nestle in the cracks of your porch or deck, since there will not be any cracks for them to settle into.
Handling these aspects of your deck are going to be important, but when all is said and done, if you have a spider problem, these will not be enough. You will need to invest in a repellent of some type, whether it is a physical repellent that you need to place down somewhere, or it is something that you can spray across your yard without having to worry about anything.
From here, you should begin thinking about which type of repellent would suit your situation best, as different repellents can be more effective for certain types of situations.
Going Down the All-Natural Route
There are plenty of benefits of deciding that you want to get things done in an all-natural manner. The one thing that you will have to be weary about is that it can sometimes take a little bit of trial and error while you are trying to mix a homemade spider killing solution.
There are many, many different repellents that can be considered all natural when it comes to spiders, especially ones that are commonly found invading people’s deck spaces.
For some people, garlic water can keep spiders out just fine. For other people, however, citronella candles are the best way of deterring spiders from coming back to your property for a long, long time.
One concoction that people try out is peppermint oil with water so that the oil doesn’t hurt the plant itself and it can wash off easily. For this mixture, you would want to focus spraying it around doors and window sills, rather than around the perimeter of your deck.
If you are looking for a repellent that you can safely spray on the plants around your deck or patio, you will want to consider putting about five drops of citronella into lemon dish soap.
The harsh, citric, and acidic properties of this mix will keep spiders and probably several other ground-based pests from trying to make their way up to your deck.
Another solution that you could potentially try out is five drops of tea tree oil, one ounce of neem oil, two tablespoons of dish soap, and enough warm water to fill up the spray bottle that you are going to use to spray the solution.
More often than not, all of these all-natural resource methods will do a good job at deterring the spider from ever coming back. As you are working on mixing these repellents up, you will want to make sure you know whether or not a particular solution can be sprayed over the whole general area, and which ones should be treated with more caution.
Luckily, all of these methods can be liberally applied at varying levels, so you won’t have to worry about damaging your body or lungs with any of these.
Considering an Electronic Repellent
If you are not in the mood to work in the kitchen to make your own repellent for the spiders, it is just as easy for you to go and purchase a specialized electronic repellent.
Keep in mind that because these repellents are electronic, meaning that they do need to be near an outlet at all times if you want them to work as they should.
When it comes to choosing which electronic repellent you should get, you might not know what to do at first, and this can often be considerably overwhelming. Thankfully these repellents are extremely straightforward and do not require much prior knowledge of the product to use it.
As for how these products work, it is also extremely straightforward as well. An electronic repellent works by emitting an ultrasonic sound that only the spiders can hear, making it completely chemical free.
These are often best for households and areas that have a lot of stray animals.
Spider-Killing Spray and Insecticides
While they might seem similar, even synonymous at first, spider-killing sprays are not quite the same thing as an insecticide. For one, insecticides are far too in-discriminatory. Rather than stopping only the spiders in the area, a powerful insecticide is going to kill just about any and every living bug where you use it.
Rather, the name “spider-killing spray” is slightly misleading in the first place. Rather than killing spiders specifically though the use of certain chemicals, spider killing sprays work by making it nearly impossible for spiders to get an adequate grip on just about anything.
Chances are that if the spider cannot walk forward very effectively, then it is going to have a hard, hard time trying to get onto your property.
Insecticides, as many people should know, are poisons that are made to kill just about all common pests. You might not realize it at first, but there are actually several different types of insecticide to choose from. These types of insecticides include the following:
- Dust insecticide
- Powder insecticide
- Liquid insecticide
Each and every one of these can be applied in a different situation, meaning that there is a good degree of varying skills, and this is something that any team of doctors are going to want to have.
From here, you should learn about the different forms of insecticides and how each one has its benefits over another type in certain situations.
Understanding the Different Insecticides
There are three total insecticide types that cater to getting rid of spiders. Whether your insecticide is a powder that you can sprinkle just about everywhere you can, or whether you want to create a perimeter around the deck with a different insecticide, you should know that working with insecticides on a regular basis is not always the best for your health, so always proceed with caution when you are using them.
Understandably, the name for dust insecticide speaks for itself. This specific type of insecticide functions much like dust, meaning that it is extremely light and airy. This makes it perfect for trying to reach or block in those small crevices that many spiders enjoy hiding in.
By sealing the cracks or gaps in your deck or patio, you can feel rest assured knowing that you are protected from the spiders.
While you might not think about it all that much, powder insecticide is actually different than the dust insecticide. While they are both very fine substances that have been designed to work against snakes, this is about where the similarities end. Powdered insecticides are typically used as a spot treatment, although they can be used in a preventative manner.
Chances are that if you are able to see the spider, then you are going to be able to pour the powder insecticide onto it, allowing it to finally die. Between the three main types of insecticides, powder insecticides tend to get the most use out of them, both indoors and outdoors.
When all is said and done, it is still important to look at the last type of insecticide that you should be paying attention to. This specific insecticide can be thought of as a gel-like substance. Typically, this type of insecticide is used for barriers around an area.
When you are working to get spiders off of your porch, simply spraying a liquid insecticide around the porch might be the most effective way to keep them off, for good.
Ben has a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering. When not constructing or remodeling X-Ray Rooms, Cardiovascular Labs, and Pharmacies, you can find him at home with wife and two daughters. Outside of family, He loves grilling and barbequing on his Big Green Egg and Blackstone Griddle, as well as working on projects around the house.
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