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If you’re like me, the thought of trying to catch a spider in your home gives you the creepy crawlies. Eek!
I know bugs are good for the environment, so while I don’t want to smush them with a shoe, I’m terrified that they may escape the tissue I’m using as a protective barrier and crawl up my arm.
Thankfully, there’s an invention that may stop my screams (literally). My Critter Catcher is a tool that safely removes spiders and other critters from your home—without having to come close to them.
How It Works
Simply pull the trigger on this contraption and the soft bristles gently entrap the critter on the end of a couple-foot-long pole.
Walk the unwanted houseguest outside and release.
It’s that simple. Not only can this be used for spiders, but pesky stink bugs, centipedes, beetles, cockroaches and even wasps or bees, too.
You can order this critter-catching product on Amazon for just over $20.
How To Keep Spiders Out Of Your House
If you’re like me and care to keep the creepy crawlies outside, use these tips to help keep spiders out of your home.
1. Clear The Cobwebs
About once a month, I grab a broom with a really long handle and clear away any cobwebs in and around my home, especially near doorways. Making a spider’s stay unpleasant can encourage it to move elsewhere—like outside to the garden where it’s welcome!
2. Keep Things Clean
Bugs love clutter because they can hide in it. Avoid having piles of boxes, clothes or mail piled up, and that will remove some of the places for spiders to nest and hide. Besides, keeping things clutter-free makes your home look and feel better. So consider that a bonus in addition to keeping the eight-legged critters away.
3. Apply Essential Oils
According to Tips Bulletin, these oils can naturally help repel spiders:
- Tea Tree
4. Seal Any Cracks
Know that the small cracks around doors, window sills and the foundation can not only let in unwanted visitors, but drafts, too.
Each spring and fall, make a note to put your caulking gun to work and fill any holes or gaps that need sealing. Not only will you help keep out the bugs, you’ll make your home more energy efficient as well.
5. Make A Natural Spider Spray
Mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of pepper, 1 teaspoon of liquid soap and 1 teaspoon of oil to make this family-friendly spider repellant. You can spray it around the inside and outside of your home. Just be sure to test it on any fabric first to ensure it doesn’t stain.
6. Move Spider Habitats Away From Your Home
Perhaps you have a woodpile conveniently located right near the back door of your house? Or a pile of leaves that you will get to next weekend?
Having places for spiders (and their food: bugs) to live close to your home will only increase the likelihood of them entering at their own will. This includes but isn’t limited to: compost piles, long grass, stacks of boxes or firewood and overgrown shrubbery.
7. Turn Off Outdoor Lights
As you know, bugs are attracted to light. Smart spiders will naturally gravitate to these lights to catch an easy meal. Turning off your bright front porch or overhead garage door light can reduce the urge for spiders to creep into your personal space.
8. Get A Pet Exterminator
Pets love to chase things that move, and spiders are the perfect target. Just be aware if you have poisonous spiders in your area, that they could harm your handy helper too.