How to get rid of house spiders humanely

House Spiders

There are well over 650 species of spider found in the UK but most prefer to make their home in sheds or garages and most spiders are pretty harmless, the largest being the Cardinal Spider (Tegenaria parietina) that can have a leg span of up to 12cm.

There are several types of spider in the UK that regularly find their way into our homes when the leaves turn red and the nights get longer.  Most would rather be outside amongst general clutter where it’s cooler and where they act more as a pest controller than a pest themselves.

house spiders

                                                                 Photo by Uncommon Grounds

The most common spiders found in the British home are: The Common house spider, Daddy long legs spider, False widow spider, Lace web spider, Zebra jumping spiders to name just a few.

Most spiders that enter our homes are harmless and rarely bite humans.  Although virtually all spiders can bite, only a few can penetrate human skin, so don’t have nightmares.

Even though most spiders in Britain are relatively harmless to humans, not everyone wants to share a bathtub with one, so below are some humane ways of helping them leave your home and discouraging them from entering in the first place.


How to stop house spiders entering and staying in your home

Spiders are amazing creatures but not everyone wants them in their home.  Unfortunately many millions of these incredible creatures are killed each year when people try to get them out of their homes and in frustration end up doing harm or even worse to them.


  1. Turn off outside lights at night as Insects are attracted by lights and spiders are attracted by insects. Enough said!
  2. Vacuum, dust and declutter regularly so they don’t have the chance to build and maintain webs,  This is simple and effective but not the quickest method.
  3. Clean surfaces in your home often with diluted bleach as the smell will move spiders on very quickly.
  4. Seal up any cracks around doors, windows and vents.  Spiders can get into very small places and lay eggs.
  5. Spider Catchers, whilst not a deterrent are a humane way of evicting spiders from your home and less scary to those many people that cannot pick them up by hand.
  6. Use citrus scents as spiders apparently hate all citrus smells.  Rub citrus peel along window sills and skirting boards.  Use lemon-scented cleaners and furniture polish and burn citronella candles outside and occasionally (if well ventilated) inside of your home.
  7. Conkers, not sure this works as well as some people believe and may be an old wives tail.  Be careful as they can be poisonous to some domestic pets – so seek advice from a vet before using.
  8. Peppermint certainly deters spiders who do not enjoy the smell.
  9. Garlic – Unliked by vampires, spiders and some humans.


One of the most humane ways to stop a spider invasion or to encourage them to leave is by use of natural scents and essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint and even Vinegar.

Try using these essential oils in a diffuser  and not only will you see less of our 8 legged friends but it will also make you home smell nice too, unlike the garlic option.

Our favourite product

Advanced Spider StayAway

Ideal for spider control, preventing spider infestation and spider-webs the humane way.  This all natural spray harmlessly repels those unwanted visitors.  Using chestnut oil extract, a fragrance disliked by spiders and once the area is sprayed, they won’t come near.  Simply use the spider spray around doors and windows and spiders are deterred from entering.

Also perfect for camping, caravans, basements and sheds.

This spider repellent is effective outside and inside, it leaves no residue or discolouration.  Safe to use and harmless to animals, adults and children.  Each application can last up to 1 month.  Advanced Spider StayAway


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