The Arachnophobic’s Guide to Cobwebs

by Nathan Ripley - November 13, 2016

Cobwebs can be a nuisance any time of the year, not just at Halloween. In the summer, spiders wander into your house without invitation, like what they see and decide to set up home. Even during the winter, particularly with our modern heating systems.

If you don’t like the prospect of these pesky critters setting up a new home in your immediate vicinity, then there’s a few simple things you can do.

First of all be vigilant and get rid of cobwebs as soon as they appear. Secondly, you can reduce the number of spiders getting access to your home by sealing any cracks and gaps around the outside of your home.

Preventing Access

One thing most people don’t consider is how those spiders get into their home in the first place. The truth is they normally find their way in from outside. Take a quick wander around your home’s exterior and you’ll see webs in a lot of places on the walls outside. All you need is a crack in the brickwork, a little gap between the pipes or around the windows and that spider can find its way inside. Sealing your exterior walls and windows is fairly easy to do if you have just a little DIY experience.

You should also get rid of any cobwebs on the outside around the windows as soon as you spot them.

Another trick is to move any pots and plants that are close to the walls. Spiders love areas like these and putting as much distance between your walls and those plants is a good idea.

Cleaning Cobwebs in the House

There can be long periods when there are no spider webs in your home and then you suddenly look up and the walls and ceiling seem full of them. Most of us, frankly, don’t spend a lot of time looking at the corners of our ceilings so it’s no wonder these things often go unnoticed.

Cobwebs are generally quite easy to get rid of. If you have a vacuum with an extension nozzle you can simply suck them up. Another option is to use a soft duster with a long handle. Don’t just swipe the duster over the surface, make sure you get into any nooks and crannies that may be there.

If you want to stop cobwebs reforming, then there are a number of things you can do to deter the spiders. Spraying the area with a weak lemon and water mixture can certainly stop these little critters and make them think twice about spinning a new web. Other solutions that work are natural oils such as peppermint or eucalyptus. All you need is to dab a potential spider home on with some cotton wool and it can stop webs from forming.

Of course, there’s no substitute for regular cleaning. Cobwebs are a particular problem with older houses where there are normally plenty of little places that spiders can get in and hide. For many people, it’s just something that has to be dealt with – made worse, of course, if you don’t like arachnids in the first place. The good news is that a little judicious deployment of the vacuum can get rid of those cobwebs in a second and stop your home looking like a Halloween haunted house.


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