Most people cringe at the sight of spiders. That is, unless you are like me and was raised on classics like Be Nice to Spiders or Charlotte’s Web. I mean, after all, spiders do eat other insects such as roaches, mosquitoes, flies and moths. Yes, they can be helpful to your home in that manner. But even I have my limits to spiders and their webs. It isn’t exactly like I want to have cobwebs decorating my home. Unless, of course, it’s Halloween and even then, I want the artificial ones.
Spiderwebs are funny, though. They seem to pop up even when you don’t want them and in places you would never believe. So, if you’re moving out, you are bound to run into a slew of cobwebs which ultimately will need to be removed.
Reaching the Top Corners
The crevice tool attached to an extension wand of a vacuum cleaner will work nicely for removing those hard-to-reach places on the ceilings inside your home. This is also a good idea for nooks and crannies around the home, since this is a popular hangout for spiders.
If you are needing to get to a place that doesn’t have a handy electrical outlet then there are ways to clean those pesky cobwebs. Like the ones that collect around your front door or the underside of the outside entrance covering. Really, you can’t just have a whack at it with the business end of a broom, because they will get stuck in the bristles, sure as the world, and you will have another cleaning issue on your hands – your broom. Yet, if you attach a sock or a cloth to the wooden end of a broom or even a yardstick then you can reach the corner where the web is and swipe it from its position.
Another popular hangout for spiders is your windows. More specifically and especially in between the windows and the screens. You should begin by spraying your windows and screens from the inside with a spray bottle. From the outside, you can use a hose with a spray attachment. This will eliminate any live spiders as well as any spiderwebs. Once you have sprayed, you will need to wipe the area down completely around the edges to remove any spiderweb residue.
There are a few ways you can deter spiders from taking up residence with you. One creative way is to use a scent that will drive them away. This would include essential oils such as a common lemon scent as well as eucalyptus, tea tree or even peppermint. Spray or dab the odor about the windows and other areas that you see attract spiders.
Just so you know, there is a difference between a spiderweb and a cobweb. The latter is a spider graveyard which has generally collected dust. A spiderweb is just that, a web inhabited by a spider.
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