How To Kill Spiders—Get Rid of House Spiders

Learn Effective Ways to Kill a Spider and How To Determine if It’s Poisonous

Yellow spider and its web

Spiders are complicated creatures. In most cases they are benevolent little creatures that protect you from harm, harm that is brought about by disease-carrying flies. They also protect you from other creatures that are considered pests. They could be pests in your garden, but if the spider is big enough it can be an effective deterrent to very bothersome mice.

On the other hand, there are many species of spiders that are harmful to humans. Some of these produce venom that can harm your family. If you have small pets, the effects of a spider bite may kill them.  The same goes for little children. Species like the Black widow has even been known to kill full-size adult human beings. For that reason, spider control is important.  

If the need arises for you to kill a spider, then here are a few simple steps you can read to help you against these eight-legged critters.

  1. Don’t panic. When you see a spider in your house and are thinking about how to kill it, remain calm. Running around screaming is not the best course of action. Take a deep breath. Bottle up some courage and proceed to step two.
  2. Observe the spider. Look at the spider.  You should already know where it is. Get close enough to get a good look without being too close to it that it might be able to reach you and bite you.
  3. Look for signs. Most spiders are relatively harmless to human beings. There are only a few spiders that are venomous. Look to see if there are distinctive marks. Some of the friendly spiders that might fend off a more dangerous member of the species include the Giant House Spider, roughly 3 inches in length or more; the Wolf Spider, a strongly-built brown camouflaged spider that preys on flies, and Daddy Long Legs, a spider with really thin long legs that are known to consume dangerous spiders.
  4. Determine if it is poisonous. Look at the spider and determine if it fits the traits of a deadly variety.  The Black Widow is a deadly spider and it can be identified by a red mark on its end. It is predominantly black with thin legs and is roughly around three quarters of an inch to an inch and a half long. Another spider to watch out for is the Brown Recluse. It is about the size of a penny and their body color ranges from light brown to coffee. The Brown Recluse can be determined by the stretched violin like marking on its back.
  5. Immobilizing the spider. Get a large seltzer bottle or any water container that can release high pressure liquid. This will hold the spider long enough for you to kill its. Also get a long flat surface that you will use to poke at the spider and whack it. If the spider is on the wall or on the ceiling, do not stand directly underneath it. Use your long object to poke at the spider until it falls on the floor and spray it with the seltzer bottle.  This should immobilize the spider long enough for the next step.
  6. Whack it. With the spider immobilized by the water, keep your eye on the spider as you whack it with your long flat item. Make sure the spider is totally squished. Spiders are known to be sturdier than many insects.
  7. Sweep up. Clean up after you have successfully exterminated the creature.

Spider pest control doesn't mean killing every spider you see. When you want to get rid of spiders, you may want to check with an organic exterminator to find out natural ways for how to get rid of them without actually killing them. This, of course, applies to harmless spiders and not poisonous ones. House spiders are rather cool creatures that in most cases do more good than bad. So if you think the spider is not poisonous, you might as well leave it alone. It might even end up protecting you against more venomous spiders.


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