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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
May 24, 2017 3:17 AM CST
I had my arm up against the wall and was streaming my show and felt something crawl on me. I freaked out and my laptop screen turned off from hitting it when I flicked it off of me. I ran to turn on the lights to see what had been on me and saw a giant brown recluse spider rushing towards my s.o. while he was asleep. I woke him up. We think we killed it. But, now I can't sleep. How do you keep spiders away? I've tried peppermint oil and tea tree oil to try to keep the black widows away that have got in the house, but those things don't really work. What can I use?
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DaisyI
May 24, 2017 11:28 AM CST
Hi Renae,

I don't know how to keep spiders away. Sticky traps work for some spiders. Caulking the foundation helps The best defense is to dust and vacuum a lot and wash your kitchen counters with vinegar water. Believe it or not, sugar attracts spiders.

BTW, there are no brown recluse spiders in California. Your encounter was probably with a brown house spider - not poisonous.
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tarev
May 24, 2017 11:31 AM CST
I am more wary of black widows. But for the most part, the other spiders are welcome in my garden, they are my natural garden friendlies. Indoors, well, just got to be proactively cleaning up their webbies. They do like damp areas like bathrooms/toilets.

I do have some carnivorous plants indoors, if the spiders explore them then it will make my carnivores very happy. Smiling
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
May 24, 2017 2:02 PM CST
We have a window AC, so I think that's how they may be getting in or through the garage from the dryer vent. The outline of the house is very small and odd, so there's areas of the house I can't reach. I've caulked all the holes and areas that needed it again a while back that I could get to, but they're still getting in. The kitchen doesn't really have any counter space since we have some of our kitchen appliances up there (microwave, K-cup machine, toaster oven, plus the dish rack). The table is clear in there with the exception of the toaster and the food that wouldn't fit in the cabinets.

There's probably about less than 4 ft of open space to vacuum in the living room with our furniture. We have some tubs of stuff in the closet and in the living room we haven't been able to unpack cause there's just no room for it. This weekend I'll try doing a full sweep of the house when I have more time for it. I'll also see if there's some indoor carnivorous plants in our budget we can get. Thanks for the tips.
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DaisyI
May 24, 2017 5:06 PM CST
Save your money - don't invest in carnivorous plants to catch spiders. Don't get me wrong, I love carnivorous plants and I have a lot of them. But you would need hundreds of plants to keep your house free of creepy crawlies.
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tarev
May 24, 2017 5:28 PM CST
Spiders will always find a way to get in. I only mentioned the carnivores, since I have them as part of my plant collection, not necessarily just for the spiders but for any wayward insects that may happen to enter the house.

Are they a waste of money, depends on someone's perspective, it addresses two things for me, to be a part of my collection and help if it can to digest wayward crawlies/insects.

Spiders are good predators, so they may even know which plants to avoid as well, it is not a quick catch in itself, seems specific carnivores attracts specific crawlies/insects.

Or you can use diatomaceous earth, it kills lots of different bugs, including spiders. Just check about pet warnings though, you mentioned in other threads about having a pet dog, so I am not sure if it is safe for them.
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
May 24, 2017 5:30 PM CST
Thanks for the tip daisy.
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
May 24, 2017 5:33 PM CST
I have 3 dogs and only one of them is interested in eating the bugs. I don't know if the others have actually ate bugs cause I don't think I've seen them do it before.
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McCannon
May 24, 2017 6:40 PM CST
We occasionally find brown recluse spiders in the house. They are quite common where we live. We use Tempo SC in a pump sprayer. It's pet and child safe and dries quickly. Follow the directions on the label. Spray around the house perimeter, indoors and out, and around windows and doors. We do that twice a year. We rarely find any bugs or spiders since we started using it.
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Weedwhacker
May 24, 2017 6:53 PM CST
I think spiders are just kind of a fact of life...

we have the outside of our house sprayed by our "pest control" guy every spring, mostly because of the mess made by the webs on the house that catch other bugs...

Vinegar will also deter spiders, though -- I've used a vinegar spray in my greenhouse to deter the spiders with pretty good results.
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tx_flower_child
May 24, 2017 10:06 PM CST
I have itty-bitty-have-to-look-close-to-see-'em spiders. Old house. No way to find where they come from. Probably anywhere and everywhere. If they were just a little bit bigger I might toss them back outside. But as it is, I have to admit to being a killer. I've murdered many itty bitty spiders. I do feel bad about being a serial killer but at least I apologize to my victims. Dang. I just made myself feel like crying.

On a cheerier (for me) note, I have a picture of my nephew when his dad (my bro) took him on a trip to Costa Rica. He (my nephew not my bro) was probably in his 30s then. The picture shows my nephew with a big ole hairy tarantula in the palm of his hand. At first look, the picture totally freaks you out. And then it makes you laugh. Wish I could post it but privacy reasons prevent it.

So anyway, maybe I should wipe down my whole house with vinegar.
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tx_flower_child
May 25, 2017 1:35 PM CST
@Weedwhacker - tell me about your vinegar spray, please. What type of vinegar? And do you mix it with water or just use it straight? Do you only use it in your greenhouse? Would it be relatively safe to use around a house house?
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greene
May 25, 2017 4:10 PM CST
Maybe I am in the minority, but I like spiders and allow them to work for food.
There are two that live in the bathroom. One is in the upper corner near the window - it captures the gnats, no-see-ums, and mosquitoes that happen by. The other is still small and has camped out near a small space in the upper corner of the door frame. Don't know what that spider intends to eat, but he is welcome to eat any insect that invades my home space.
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stone
May 25, 2017 4:21 PM CST
greene said: I like spiders and allow them to work for food.

Yay!

I especially appreciate these dudes!

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Little jumping spiders are soooooo cute!

I have to be careful when swatting flies....

Had one on the coffee container this morning....
When I picked up the coffee, he dropped to the floor...
I picked him up and put him back on the counter so he didn't get trod on.

Had a 'name spider' inside last summer, and it got a ride back out to the garden... just wasn't as cute.



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greene
May 25, 2017 5:02 PM CST
stone said:

Little jumping spiders are soooooo cute!


Oh, the little jumpy spiders are my DD's favorite. She allows them to live near the living room windows. They provide hours of entertainment...and they work for food!!! Thumbs up

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Weedwhacker
May 25, 2017 6:38 PM CST
tx_flower_child said:@Weedwhacker - tell me about your vinegar spray, please. What type of vinegar? And do you mix it with water or just use it straight? Do you only use it in your greenhouse? Would it be relatively safe to use around a house house?


White vinegar and water in equal parts -- perfectly safe to use in your house. Smiling
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NJBob
May 25, 2017 6:47 PM CST
Ortho Home Defense helps keep them off and from coming in the house. Around here the house gets covered if you do not do anything. The yard is theirs but do not like them in the house.
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Weedwhacker
May 25, 2017 6:51 PM CST
I agree, Bob -- our house used to get covered with webs and the little bugs that got stuck in them, not really a good look!

I admit that I haven't sprayed in the GH for a long time, though -- when it was newer I was trying to keep it sparkling clean; then I got over that Hilarious!
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tx_flower_child
May 25, 2017 7:59 PM CST
I wasn't kidding when I said my spiders are itty bitty. I only see them if I drop something on the floor and one or two go dashing by. Occasionally I'll see a small one when I decide to vacuum and I definitely don't feel bad about killing them. I do apologize tho.

Um, little jumpy spiders?
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McCannon
May 25, 2017 8:27 PM CST
Mrs is an arachnophobe. ALL spiders must be removed or killed, regardless of their benefit so I take them outside and turn them loose. I'm particularly fond of jumping spiders. I had one as a pet. It really like the flies I fed it.
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