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Make your Home Spider Free

By Singapore Home Guy On May 19, 2010 Under General

Some say spiders are their biggest fear. Some say they are ‘scared to death’ of them. In some cases it is true, 100% true. There is a very real fear for this and it is called Arachnophobia. A lot of people do not believe it could be that extreme as being petrified of spiders, but it exists. There have been cases where people are scared stiff from the sight or mention of the 8 legged creatures. Most cases spiders have been referred to in are harmful. Maybe not the best looking creation by God, but for the most part they are essential to our ecosystem. There a few that can do harm such as a brown recluse or a black widow. Both of which I am sure you are familiar with. To rid spiders from your home, you need to identify with them and understand them first.

They are predatory eating machines

Spiders spin intricate webs o deceit. I say deceit because more than half the time you cannot even see the web.  They are very patient hunters as well. They wait for hours for that one insect or one bug that is just not paying close enough attention to fly into or crawl up on their web and get entangled in it. See you must understand spiders have such poor eye sight they actually feel out their food by motion senses. As the prey moves and tries to get lose they move the strings in the web and that alerts the spider that lunch is ready and they strike them victim there. They weave them into a very strong circle of web string and either begins the eating process then or wait until later. Either way the prey is not getting loose.

Storage is the key to keep spiders away

The living habitat for most spiders is cool dry areas like a basement, cellar or an attic. So make sure you check cardboard boxes, old newspapers or magazines lying around. If you absolutely need all those newspapers from 1967 then store them correctly. Gather the papers to keep and wrap them tightly in a plastic garbage bag and then store them in a plastic bin with a sealing lid. This is a sure fire way to keep these critters out of there.

Watch your food and lighting in and around your home

Because, guess what? Spiders sure do watch these too. Where there is rotten food there are bugs and where there are bugs there are spiders for the most part. Make certain to remove your trash and your food that has not been eaten. Do not allow food to sit out and attract bugs or gnats. With these pesky bugs come pesky spiders. Also, note the lighting on the outside of your home. The regular outside lights used in most homes are white and they attract bugs which also attract spiders. To alleviate this problem try using the bug lights made with yellow sodium. These are sold in most any home or hardware store.

You are the predator and they are the prey

It does not take a Jedi Master to teach you to pick up or trap a spider and release it [if releasing it is your wish]. A few simple tricks may work. First, you can simply use a paper towel waded up and scoop it up. They are not known to be entirely too tricky. Creeping maybe, but not tricky. If releasing it back outside is not your intention you can simply use a vacuum cleaner and suck them up – just remember to keep your vacuum running a minute or so to make sure it is not just hanging out in the hose. Or for the less enthused captor, you can always just use your good old shoe sole. But after this there is no coming back for this poor spider.

The myth of running a spider down the drain of your sink with water is broken as well. These crafty fellows roll themselves in a tight little ball and they will actually form an air pocket until it is safe for them to come out and up the drain they come. They do make spiders traps if you really want to see the capture. It is a sticky paper actually – they are attracted to this and actually get stuck on the paper itself and are unable to escape from this obvious yet effective little trap.

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