When you are surrounded by too much of something, it gets annoying, doesn’t it? Same is the case for spiders. Though spiders eat wasps and disease-spreading flies, sometimes, we might want to get rid of these tiny invaders.
Moreover, we can’t neglect the fact that some spider species are extremely dangerous, and if you’ve got small kids playing in your garden, getting rid of the spiders is a no-brainer. So, if you’re planning on getting rid of spiders in your garden, let’s discuss how you can do that.
Tools and materials
- Peppermint/Eucalyptus/Lemon oil or any chemical insecticides
- Spray bottle
- Dish soap
- Glue traps
- A cobweb duster
Step by Step Guide for Getting Rid of Spiders in Garden
There are many ways with which you can get rid of spiders in your garden. But where shall we start? We all know, too many options on the internet might be quite overwhelming.
Many of those options might work. But no visible improvements due to lack of proper routine and instructions might make you feel exhausted. What’s more, constantly switching from one DIY to another or one solution to another will further drain your energy.
Sometimes, you might desperately want the spiders to go away from your garden as soon as possible. Or, if you’ve got too many of them to have patience, an in-depth, step-by-step guide to solve the problem quickly and effectively is absolutely essential in such cases.
Here in this article, we’ve provided you with a practical step-by-step guide which you can follow to get rid of your spider problem, even major ones.
1. Wear Protective Clothing
Not all spiders are dangerous, but those that are might even be fatal. So, before you declare war against these spiders, get your protective clothing ready.
Make sure you’re covering your entire body, including hands and feet, and protect your face with a face shield.
2. Get rid of spider webs
As cruel as it might sound, you’ve to wipe out their homes first if you’re trying to get rid of spiders. Generally, spiders make their webs around the light source or at the garden corners.
You might as well want to check any cluttered space in your garden as spiders love making homes in such areas.
Cobweb dusters perfectly fit around the angle of the corners and thus, might be the most effective tool for getting rid of spider webs.
3. Clean their hiding places
Dirt and rotten foods attract flies, and other insects and spiders feed on them. Cleaning dirty places in your garden will not only help you get rid of disease-carrying flies but also spiders.
Likewise, if you have any cluttered spaces in your garden, reorganize them. You might want to move around your flower pots in your garden if you have any.
4. Control other insects
Spiders feed on flies, wasps, and many other insects. So, they will keep coming back until you keep offering them food. Once you snatch the food source away from them, that is one less reason for them to come back.
There are various ways to control other insects. But the primary and most effective way is by cleaning your garden regularly. Moreover, make sure that there is no rotten food left open in your garden, and your pet’s food is kept covered.
5. Use a shop-bought insecticide or natural repellents
Spray a shop-bought insecticide, specific for spiders, at the corners and bothersome areas of your garden. In order to repel spider away from your home, spray the insecticide at the doors and windows as well.
But, if you want to go organic, we’ve got plenty of options for you as well. You can make your own spider repellent using three simple ingredients.
- 5-10 drops of spider-repellent essential oil of your choice
- ¼ tablespoons of dish soap
- 360ml of water (preferably distilled)
Pour all these ingredients in a spray bottle and shake the solution for a minute or two. Spray the repellent in the corners of your garden or in the areas where you have had to clean a lot of spider webs from.
Just as you did in the case of shop-bought insecticide, spray the repellent around your home as well. Spray around the doors, windows, or any cracks in your home where you believe the spiders can get in from.
Though peppermint oil is considered the gold standard for natural spider repellents, lemon and eucalyptus are also expected to work the same. If you’ve got plenty of time for experimentation, you can see for yourself.
6. Set glue traps
Sometimes, spraying insecticides or repellents might not be enough. Glue traps are coated with a gluey substance and effectively traps spiders as soon as they walk on them.
Put a few of these traps in various corners of your garden. Later on, witness how big or small and how many spiders have been making themselves home in your garden.
Pro Tip: Each step from 2-5 are effective on their own when it comes to getting rid of garden spiders. So, if only a few spiders are annoying you, you can get rid of them by following any of these steps.
7. Repeat these procedures for a few times more
If you’ve got a significant spider problem in your garden, you might have to repeat these procedures 2-3 times more.
However, remember that it’s not easy to completely get rid of all the spiders in your garden. If a few are left behind, they won’t probably do any harm. So, let them be.
We love giving as much information as we can to our readers. So, let’s look at a few more tips, shall we?
These tips will not only alleviate your spider problem but also prevent them from coming back. However, you needn’t follow all of these tips. Select the ones that you can keep up with and keep those garden invaders at bay.
1. Keep your garden clean
This tip might be universal when it comes to insect or fly related problems. The more flies roam around your garden; the more will the spiders build their homes there.
So, it’s very thoughtful to clean your garden regularly if you want to keep spiders away from your garden.
2. Plant spider-repellent plants
If you were unaware, there are various plants that repel spiders, that includes mint, basil, and lemongrass.
What’s more, some of these plants are quite easy to grow and are incredibly healthy when included in your diet. You’ll be killing two birds with one stone. Isn’t that great?
3. Always cover your pet food
If you have animal friends in your home who loves having their breakfast, lunch and dinner in the garden, this tip is for you.
Keeping pet food bowl open in your garden is similar to inviting flies to feast on the leftovers. So, once your pet is done with its food, you shall always keep their food bowls covered.
4. Get a cat
If you’re in need of a four-legged buddy, you shall get a cat. Cats chase away spiders, and that’s one work done for you. And, you’ll have a friend for yourself. So, it’s a win-win!
5. Always keep your garden dustbins closed
Sometimes, we do forget to close the waste bin’s lid, don’t we? However, when you’re dealing with garden spiders, you shall always remember to close the dustbin.
As we already know by now, leaving the lid open is an invitation to flies and other arthropods, including spiders.
6. Turn off your outdoor lights
Flies are attracted to lights, and spiders love stalking and following them. So, every night makes sure to turn off outdoor lights, at least for a few weeks until you have the situation in control.
7. Light scented candles
If planting is not your hobby, we’ve got a solution for you as well. You can light a cinnamon-scented, or any other scented candles that have got an essential oil extracted from spider repellent plant in its ingredient list.
8. Take help of professionals
Now, if you fail at controlling garden spiders even after all these tips, don’t beat yourself up. The problem might be much bigger than you’ve thought.
So, if you realize that you’re not able to control the spiders in your garden or if the numbers are increasing, it might be the time to give professionals a bell.
Experts shall know which species of spiders have been ruling your garden and confirm if they’re harmless or not. They might even provide species targeted treatment if necessary.
To keep it real, you cannot get rid of every spider in your garden. Humans, animals, insects, and many more organisms and microorganisms are meant to co-exist.
On top of that, spiders benefit humans directly or indirectly. They eat garden pests, mosquitoes, flies, and cockroaches and prevent us from various diseases.
So, if the species roaming around your garden is not dangerous, you might as well reconsider your decision of getting rid of them.