She is small, furry and moves silently on her 8 legs. The spider is often considered a harmful insect in homes. Many myths surround this generally harmless little creature. Some people get rid of them by vacuuming them up, but this is a bad idea since they don’t actually disappear. Explanations.
Spiders in homes: a nightmare for some
When fall arrives, spiders begin to run out of food. So, they sneak into houses to find something to keep them alive during the winter. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the drop in temperatures that pushes them to enter your home, but rather their reproductive needs! Indeed, it is at this time of year that the male goes looking for his female. Obviously, homes with warmer air are also ideal places to meet your soul mate.
According to a study, 40% of French people are afraid of spiders and cannot bear to see them in their home. However, most are completely harmless. You should know that, unlike us, arachnids are capable of living up to 200 days without food. To do this, they can modify their metabolism in order to survive when food becomes scarce.
To get rid of spiders, many crush them using a shoe or magazine. Others take the trouble to put them back outside and still others vacuum them up with the vacuum cleaner. But this last technique is far from optimal.
Vacuuming a spider doesn’t get rid of it
You probably thought that when you no longer saw the spider in the corner of your ceiling because you just vacuumed it up, it had disappeared. In reality, not only is it still there, but it could well come back to take up its quarters in the same corner as before its stay in the dust bin of the vacuum cleaner!
As stated above, the spider can go without eating for a very long time. This way, it can take up residence in your device, especially if you only use it periodically. On the other hand, the vacuum cleaner does not always kill this little creature: it only makes it disappear for a few days. Yes, it would be able to survive in the bag or the receptacle of your vacuum cleaner and even worse: it could also find its way out by going up the tube!
However, Brazilian researchers took this information very seriously and therefore conducted a study on the subject. They used 60 male spiders, 60 female spiders and 60 spider eggs and put them to the vacuum test. The results are quite incredible, since all male specimens and all eggs succumbed to aspiration instantly and the most resistant survived only a few days. On the other hand, all females without exception survived for 10 days.
How to get rid of a spider at home?
Spiders that enter homes are often discreet and not aggressive towards humans. On the other hand, their webs capture pests such as cousins, mosquitoes and flies that are still very present in the fall in certain regions of the south of France.
Put it back outside with a glass jar
Even if it is not very aesthetic to have a spider web in the corner of the ceiling and even less pleasant to have its host hanging on it, you can absolutely put them back in nature. To do this, take a cup, glass or jar and drop the spider into it. Slip a sheet of paper between the wall and the container to prevent it from escaping and release it in your garden or on your balcony.
Sprinkle chestnuts everywhere
If you have a chestnut or chestnut tree nearby, collect the fruits and scatter them around your openings (doors and windows). You can also, as a precaution, place a few in the car, in your closets and your bedrooms. Spiders hate chestnuts and don’t go near them.
So, not only will you no longer have to kill them or put them back outside, but you won’t even see them on your walls!
Try to direct it towards an open window
This technique is the most appropriate to avoid touching these little hairy creatures. You will only have to equip yourself with a magazine or a rigid sheet to block her path and guide her towards the nearest exit.
Use a shovel
Have the spider climb onto the dustpan and once inside, lightly tap it continuously. The vibrations should frighten her and therefore render her immobile. When you get outside, place the shovel on the ground and let it move away.
Spray essential oils
You can also use essential oils. Mixed with a little water or passed as is around your openings, they should turn around quickly. In fact, spiders hate peppermint, eucalyptus and tea tree. You know what you have left to do !