There’s a spider in your bath – how do you feel? You might be happy (or broadly indifferent) at seeing signs of benign, eight-legged, insect-eating life around your home, but reluctant to leave them at such obvious risk of drowning. It’s equally possible, though, that the sight of the little beastie makes you sick to your stomach.
Either way, we’re here for you. There are plenty of simple, natural methods to deter spiders from your home, and ways to gently evict any unwanted houseguests. If you’re wondering how to get rid of spiders without harming these important members of our ecosystem, read on!
How to get rid of spiders in the house
Whether you like spiders or not, there’s no denying that they don’t always choose the best places in the house to camp out. They’re definitely not going to be safe in the bathtub once you turn the water on, for one thing, and not everybody wants to share their bedroom with an eight-legged lodger, even if it does eat flies.
If you’re wondering how to get rid of spiders in your room, bathroom or anywhere else in your home, here are a couple of humane methods you can try:
- The glass and card method. It’s a classic for a reason! This works best if your target is sitting on a flat surface such as a wooden floor or a wall, although you might be able to swing it on carpet as well. Get a clear glass or plastic tumbler, turn it upside down and place it over the spider, being careful not to crush its legs. Slip a sturdy piece of card underneath the cup, lift it carefully away from the surface and turn it right side up again (it’s a good idea to keep the card in place in case you have a jumping spider on your hands). Then just take your new friend outside and set them free.
- Use a dustpan and brush. If you don’t want to get up close and personal with your arachnid invader, you could try gently sweeping in into a dustpan and carrying the dustpan outside to set it free. Tapping gently on the underside of the dustpan as you carry it is supposed to frighten the spider and keep it from running away before you can get it outside. If a dustpan’s length is still too close for you, use a vacuum cleaner to suck the spider up before emptying the bag outside – just don’t forget that second part, or the spider will just crawl out of the vacuum later on!
- Usher it out of the window or door. If the spider is just minding its own business by an open door or window, you can just use a piece of paper or card to guide it towards the opening and push it outside.