How To Figure Out What Kind Of Spider You Have
There are some great resources on the internet to help you identify spiders. Spiders.us has an extensive database that you can filter to display only the species found in Ohio. Better yet, ODNR Division of Wildlife has a great collection of identification guides. You can download their Common Spiders of Ohio guide.
You can also feel free to email us photos of your pests. We’ll identify them for you for free!
How To Get Rid Of Spiders
There are, however, a few strategies that you can try yourself. These ideas will work on any spider, regardless of its species.
- Vacuum While only temporary, vacuuming is a quick and easy way to destroy spiders and webs.
- Webster Duster A Webster Duster removes webs from nooks and crannies. Spider sprays are also more effective if webs are removed prior to treatment.
- Seal Gaps Check for gaps under your siding, or around windows and air conditioner units. While this won’t address any spiders already inside, it will prevent them from getting inside in the first place.
- Make Repairs Staying up-to-date on screen repairs is another effective exclusion strategy.
- Traps A few strategically-placed sticky traps is a great way to deal with active-hunting spiders. Unlike web-weaving spiders, passive- and active-hunting spiders can be tricky to find on your own — let them come to your traps instead.
- Trim Back Vegetation Many spiders find their way inside through vegetation that grows too close to the structure.
- Remove Clutter Spiders are naturally reclusive. Get rid of clutter in and around your home where they can hide, such as piles of yard waste, debris, or clothing.
- Light Sources You’ll never be fully rid of your spider problem unless you address their food source. Spiders love to feast on flying insects. Flying insects love bright lights. With this in mind, consider making some tweaks to your home’s lighting.
- Replace standard exterior light bulbs with yellow bug light bulbs.
- Install motion detectors on exterior security lights, instead of keeping them on continuously.
- Close your blinds (especially at night) and turn off lights when a room is empty.
- Potato Bugs Many spiders love to eat potato bugs, which are commonly found in Ohio basements. Try getting rid of any potato bugs. While it may not get rid of your spider problem completely, you may start to notice a difference over time.
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