Being afraid of spiders is very common. I don't know if this is because the little things have eight legs, the multiple eyes or a fear of a lethal bite, but it makes for a big industry in the use of spider control products making their way to the market. The reality is that in most modern buildings, most of the dangerous types of spiders are not found. This does not mean that they are not there at all and many varieties such as the brown recluse, watering spider, cellar spiders, jumping spiders and wolf spiders can be found indoors. I have found that although there are a wide variety of spider control products on the market, many of these have the downside of not being safe for use around children and pets so I prefer to use more natural spider control products.
Mother Nature produced many remedies for spiders. Among these are essential oils such as rose oil, citronella oil, lavender oil, cinnamon oil, peppermint oil, citrus oil and tea tree oil. These oils can be made into a spider control spray by adding 5 drops of any of the oils to a 1 quart spray bottle with 5-6 tablespoons of lavender soap and fill the bottle with water. The natural spider control products listed above will kill the spiders ( an many other insects and crawly things) on contact. This spray can be used as often as necessary and smells wonderful.
There are many other spider control products that I have found to be safe to use in the home. If you have a problem with spiders under the furniture or beds, sprinkling a small amount of baking soda or Borax under the furniture will control the spiders. Eucalyptus leaves can be used in closets and drawers and has the advantage of smelling wonderful while being an effective spider control product.
It is important to note that there is no spider control product that can be effective if the environment continues to be conducive to spiders. Clutter and debris needs to be removed from around the outside of the home so that spiders do not choose to nest in the dark places that clutter provides. The same is true inside the home. Remove any old cardboard boxes and excess clutter that provide cozy nesting places for spiders. Put caulking around windows, door frames and any openings in walls.
Once the initial problem of spiders is addressed, long term management is important. One spider control option is placing sticky traps under dressers and couches and in corners of rooms. Since spiders often hitch hike into the home on humans and pets, it is a good idea to look at where the most traffic patterns are and make sure that they are kept clear of debris and vegetation that may provide a home for spiders.
No matter what spider control product is used, commercial or natural, there are always those who escape. These escapees tend to go off in search of a new hiding place so it is important that if you are picking up things in a room that is not normally in use that you watch for spiders for the next few days after you begin treatment. Watch for the reappearance of spiders and if you see a new outbreak use the spider control product again.