The deadly black widow spider has been in the news quite a bit lately and some newspapers are even calling it the ‘The Summer of The Black Widow”. Poisonous black widows have been found in shipments of grapes from California and have plagued an elementary school in San Diego, California. I have noticed an increase in black widows around my own home as well which got me thinking of how to get rid of them in an Eco friendly manner since I try to live as green as possible. After searching the web I found that there are many Eco-friendly ways to get rid of black widow spiders without resorting to insecticides which are often ineffective against black widows and can be harmful to children, pets and the environment. If you are concerned about black widow spiders around your home and want to get rid of them in an environmentally friendly way here are six things you can do to eliminate black widow spider infestations,
Six Eco-Friendly Ways To Get Rid of Black Widow Spiders
Use Water Power
To keep black widow spiders from nesting under the eaves of your roof you can use a high powered nozzle on your water hose to knock off spiders and webs. To keep spiders away spray under your eaves at least weekly. Black widow spiders do not like to nest in areas they are frequently disturbed in and will vacate the area.
Keep Your Yard Tidy
Black widows love to nest and hide in areas were they won’t be disturbed. By having overgrown hedges, high grass, piles of leaves and heavy vegetation next to your house you are encouraging black widows to take up residence.To prevent this regularly trim back hedges, dispose of or compost leaves,keep grasses cut short and vegetation away from the walls of your home.
Clean Up The Clutter
Black widow spiders are often found in the clutter that we often have laying around our yards and garages. To discourage this keep your yard and garages as clutter free as possible by properly disposing of items you no longer use and storing items you don’t use often. I have frequently seen black widows on toddlers plastic ride on cars and bikes so make sure and bring these items inside or put in an area that is inaccessible to spiders.
Seal It Up
Many of us use our garages as storage for items we don’t frequently use.The most common storage container for these items is a cardboard box. Because these storage boxes sit untouched often for years they make the perfect nesting spot for black widow spiders. To deter black widows from residing in your storage boxes, tightly seal cardboard boxes with tape to keep black widows out or use plastic storage boxes with lids to store your items in. To keep it “green” make sure any plastic storage containers you use are made from recycled plastic..
Move Light Sources
Insects are attracted to light so it makes sense that black widows can also be found around light sources since that’s where their food congregates nightly. To keep black widows away from your home move light sources away from doors and windows to cut down on the amount of insects that are attracted to the light.
Use A Natural Spray
Spiders seem to dislike the taste of lemon and will not stay in areas that are covered in a lemon spray.Some people say that spraying areas with lemon Pledge drives black widows away. Because lemon Pledge is not an environmentally friendly choice you may want to make your own natural lemon spray to use in repelling black widow spiders. To make simply add several 15 drops of essential oil of lemon, a few drops of Seventh Generation dish washing liquid to a spray bottle full of distilled water and mix. After mixing spray in areas you frequently see black widows nest.
While none of these methods are surefire ways to get rid of black widow spiders they will make your home more unattractive to spiders which will lessen the chance that they choose your home to reside in.
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Summer of The Black Widow written by Kevin Connor