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How to get rid of spiders (without harming them)

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Fiona1984 Mon 25-Sep-17 20:49:42

Any suggestions?
I don't want to hurt them, I hate the idea of harming any creature. But I'd rather they weren't in my vicinity!
I've just rescued my second huge house spider, I put it out the window (ground floor)
I have a cat, but he doesn't chase spiders, and I'd rather not use chemicals either.

Believeitornot Mon 25-Sep-17 20:51:54

You mean how to deter spiders?

No idea. I wish I knew. I did try lemon oil sprinkled around my house and it felt like there were fewer but not convinced.

Ridingthegravytrain Mon 25-Sep-17 20:53:14

Conkers in the corner of rooms. So I have heard. Sounds random I know!

RaininSummer Mon 25-Sep-17 20:53:34

Get a spider catcher from Lakeland.!49!3!105383406629!!!!42886197504!&ef_id=WH0trAAABK77B6il:20170925195254:s

MrsChopper Mon 25-Sep-17 20:53:48

You can buy a spider 'grabbing' tool really cheap which means you can release them without having to touch them!

hungrytillater Mon 25-Sep-17 20:54:39

I got a spray called 'no more spiders' which is natural and doesn't harm but deters them. I still get a few but not as many.

newcastledweller Mon 25-Sep-17 20:56:01

I put conkers in the corner and near any crevices etc. I also spray lavender oil around those areas.

Any that break through those passive barriers get hoovered.

TollgateDebs Mon 25-Sep-17 20:57:02

Plastic sandwich box and card. I drop the box (make sure it misses the legs) over the spider, slide the card under gently and then release into the garden.

katymac Mon 25-Sep-17 20:57:20

I built a spider ladder to rescue one from the shower tray!

I hate, hate, hate them!!

DJBaggySmalls Mon 25-Sep-17 20:57:51

If you know where they come in put a drop of clove or eucalyptus oil on a cotton bud.

Fiona1984 Mon 25-Sep-17 21:00:24

Yeah, I'm hoping to deter them somehow. I have a pint glass and unopened letter ready for the next one that appears. We're currently renovating our house so there are a lot of holes for them to creep out of!

MichaelFabricantsHair Mon 25-Sep-17 21:08:00

Pint glass and a piece of cardboard; once made the mistake of using paper and could feel the spider's feet pitter-pattering through the paper as I prepared to lob release it in the garden.

Josiah Mon 25-Sep-17 21:09:11

Instead of vacuuming them into oblivion or smacking the fuck out of them with a heavy boot, get a feather duster and gently tickle them under all eight armpits, soothing them softly with the words, "come along sweetie-pie, walkies!" as you gently usher them out of the door.

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Mon 25-Sep-17 21:12:10


Drill holes in them and make Spider Voodoo Rope.

Hang it everywhere like shiney bunting.

StylishDuck Mon 25-Sep-17 21:12:32

Apparently they hate the smell of peppermint, so a few drops of peppermint oil in some water in a spray bottle sprayed around any possible entrances will deter them. I think you'd have to do it fairly regularly though.

Mum2jenny Mon 25-Sep-17 21:12:43

I just pick them up and put them outside. But they catch lots of flies and other insects so I'm not too bothered by them. However my dh loathes them so I rescue them before he finds them

SpiderWilly Mon 25-Sep-17 21:16:34

Peppermint oil deters them in my experience. Conkers didn't work for me as they just climbed over them and I can't bear to pick them up. I've used it for 3 years now and not had a spider in the house.

Fiona1984 Mon 25-Sep-17 21:19:15

Pmsl @Josiah
The big hairy house spiders make me shudder, but I can just about catch them. I'm trying not to think about all the ones I can't see.

Mum2jenny Mon 25-Sep-17 21:27:10

It's the ones that land on your towel that freak me most!!

Escapepeas Mon 25-Sep-17 21:32:42

We have infusers with peppermint, tea tree and lavender which is apparently meant to deter spiders. It does not work. I have tried conkers, Spider Stop and pretty much everything else and I have yet to find an effective deterrent.

I'm afraid I don't give a shit about killing them. If I see one, it's dead. It's a total waste of time throwing them outside as they just come back in again.

SpiderWilly Mon 25-Sep-17 21:36:22

We have infusers

I spray all around windows, doors, skirting and any nooks and crannies every week with 30 drops peppermint oil mixed with water in Sept/Oct. I found the diffusers didn't work.

cloudsneverstay Mon 25-Sep-17 22:27:53

SpiderWilly do spiders actually have willies, I wonder? smile

hungrytilllater I have found that stuff pretty effective too

cloudsneverstay Mon 25-Sep-17 22:29:56

SpiderWilly I have a Simpsons tune running round my head.... Spider Willy
Does whatever a spider willy does
Is it big?
Is it small?
Does the spider have any balls.....LOL

eddiemairswife Mon 25-Sep-17 22:42:29

I don't like them, but I would never kill them. There was a huge one in the washbasin last night, and I was unable to clean my teeth.

SilverySurfer Mon 25-Sep-17 22:58:06

I have to see the nurse at my doctor's surgery three times a week and go past a huge horse chestnut tree and every time I pick up loads of conkers which I then spread round my house. I feel a bit mean taking conkers which children may want to collect but my need is greater than theirs - hope they keep the spiders away. smile Will be buying some peppermint oil as well when I go shopping this week - thanks for the tip.

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