How to get rid of spiders outside my garage? I don’t want them building nests there and I don’t want them coming inside, either.
Nora Franklin, Hamilton, OH
It’s not hard to keep unwanted bugs from nesting around your home if you’re diligent. I can tell you how to get rid of spiders outside your garage and how to protect against them coming inside, too.
See recipes for natural spider repellents in this article: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/14-great-ways-to-keep-spiders-out-of-your-home-naturally/.The first step is to clear away any webs or nests that are presently in place. And, get rid of anything that can draw in spiders as well, like insects they like to eat.
Be sure to check around any exterior lights, too That’s because lights attract bugs. Then clear brush, debris, and branches away from the sides of the building. Finally, patch up any holes or cracks where they might hide.
Now that you’ve made your garage less welcoming, it’s time to put down repellent. One substance that works well is cedar wood. Either lay down fresh mulch as a barrier around the exterior or spray cedar essential oil around the walls.
You can also mix up a pleasant-smelling spray with citrus or eucalyptus oils. But no matter what you use, you’ll need to reapply after a heavy rainfall, or every few days anyway. Some people have had success with chestnuts, tobacco, apple cider vinegar, and even Borax.
As time passes, keep an eye on the exterior of your garage. Take down any new webs you see as soon as possible. And consider purchasing ladybugs for release in your yard. They will eliminate the bugs that spiders eat so that those unwelcome visitors will look elsewhere for a meal.
Using essential oils like cedar, cinnamon, or peppermint are also great ways to get rid of spiders in your car, too. Mix up a spray of vinegar and one of these oils and spritz the interior of your car periodically to ensure that you kill spiders already hiding and to repel others from coming.