It’s probably safe to assume that most of us would rather not have spiders in our house, correct? Even though the majority of spiders are harmless and not at all aggressive—and even help out in eradicating other tiny pests!—they still make me shudder. I mean, does anyone else remember the movie “Arachnophobia”?
But while I am 100 percent on board with sending them away to a spider island where I will never, ever visit, I’ve always had a hard time killing them. Getting close enough to squish them? No thanks!
(In case you’re wondering, my go-to is trapping them under cups and over-sized bowls until my husband is around. I mean, that’s what husbands are for, right?)
One man in Tucson, Arizona clearly hates the spiders, too. But he went just a little too far to get rid of the creepy crawlers. When he saw them in his home, he decided FIRE was the way to go. A blowtorch, to be exact. You can probably guess what happened next.
Yup. The man found spiders—and their webs—under his mobile home, and set everything on fire while trying to them. TV station KVOA reports that it took 23 firefighters to put out the fire. But thankfully, aside from minor injuries sustained by an elderly woman who had to be carried out of the home (and presumably the death of the spiders), no other injuries were reported.
As you hopefully realize by now, fire isn’t the best route to take when it comes to getting rid of bugs in your home, but this latest story is far from the first. It happened at an apartment in Kansas earlier this year, and a makeshift blowtorch (made with a paint can and a lighter, FYI) caused $60,000 worth of damage in an attempted bug-killing in 2014. There are dozens upon dozens of other similar stories as well.
How To Safely Get Rid Of Spiders
So how do we learn from this? And what exactly is the best (and safest!) route for keeping spiders out of our homes? First, to prevent them from ever making their way in, be sure to clear any cobwebs around your house at least once a month and seal any cracks you find inside your home. Also, be sure to remove long grass and stacks of firewood from near your home, as they make great living quarters for spiders.
If they do manage to get inside, try using essential oils like rose or tea tree or even peppermint teabags, and be sure to vacuum often. You could also try using cedar, as spiders and other bugs don’t like the way it smells. They also don’t like the smell of white vinegar, which isn’t harmful to humans or pets, so spraying it around your front door and windows isn’t a bad idea either.
But please, no matter what you try, just keep the fire away from your home, OK?