When it comes to pest control, there are often many DIY methods available to the average person for a whole host of pests. From bed bugs to gophers to moths—do a quick search on the internet and you’ll find hundreds of results promising an easy and effective do it yourself method. But what about DIY methods for spider pest control? These are most definitely a DIY don’t. Keep reading to learn why when it comes to spider pest control, it’s best to forego the DIY methods.

DIY methods are often ineffective

One of the most popular methods for DIY spider control based on a simple online search comes in the form of a repellent that you make yours elf. There are many different concoctions you can mix that supposedly keep a variety of our eight-legged pests at bay. According to a blog post in Country Living, these DIY repellents include:

  1. Essential oils, such as peppermint, tea tree, and lavender
  2. A 1:1 part vinegar and water solution
  3. Citrus scents and citronella candles

There are also DIY spider traps that one can purchase, usually involving cardboard and an agent to make the trap which captures insects which walk across the board. The University of Kentucky recommends placing glue traps against the bottom of walls and in corners of rooms.

You may be dealing with a venomous spider

Another reason to consider skipping DIY spider pest control is because sometimes, you may be dealing with venomous spiders in your home. While many spiders you may find in or around your home are generally harmless, there is always the chance you could come across a venomous spider, including medically important spiders (such as the brown recluse or black widow). Even if that is less likely, you don't want to risk it—especially with the DIY traps which, unlike merely spraying repellents, may bring you up close and personal with spiders in your home.

Common pest spiders

There are many different species of spiders that you may come across in or around your home. Some of these different common species include:

  1. House spider and domestic house spider
  2. Garden spider
  3. Cellar spider

So how do you get rid of spiders?

When it comes to managing spiders and keeping more from returning, it’s best to call in a professional. Terminix offers a wide variety of best-in-class services to take care of spiders for just this reason. Terminix’s services include coverage for both house spiders and other spiders you may find around your home. As with other pest control services that Terminix offers, a Terminix pest professional will inspect in and around your home and work with you to come up with a custom plan. This plan will include the necessary treatments for spider control and methods to help prevent future pests and spiders from returning.

Additionally, if you’ re not sure what type of spider you’re dealing with, a Terminix pest professional will be able to help identify types of spiders—including venomous spiders. One spider in your home may not be cause for concern, but if you start to see multiple, it may be time to call in a professional. Keep in mind that one single female common house spider can produce over 1,600 eggs in its lifetime. That’s how a few spiders can turn into an infestation quickly.