If you’ve struggled to keep spiders away from your garage, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this post, you’ll get to know the best way to get rid of spiders in the garage.
And not only that.
You’ll also get to know what steps you need to take to complement the best way we’re about to reveal.
Following these steps is easy, and they won’t take more than 30 minutes of your time.
Plus, you won’t find a spider in your garage, ever!
Let’s jump in!
The Best Way To Get Rid Of Spiders In Garage
The solutions to many pressing problems are sometimes straightforward.
These solutions are so simple that most of the time, even an intelligent mind overlooks them.
And that includes keeping spiders away from the garage.
The best way to get rid of spiders in the garage is to eliminate other bugs in your garage.
It’s as easy and as straightforward as that.
Let’s put it straight. Spiders are inside your garage for only two reasons – food and shelter.
If you deny them both, why would they remain inside the garage?
So, further down the post, you’ll get to know the steps that will help you to make your garage bug and insect repellant.
That will go a long way in getting rid of spiders hiding in your garage.
Now that you know the best way to eliminate spiders in your garage, let’s move ahead with the process.
Reduce Moisture Inside Your Garage To Prevent Bugs And Spiders
Many homeowners find spiders in their homes and garages during the summer.
Spiders wander in to escape the heat, in search of food, and to mate as well.
But it’s not only the spiders that sneak in.
Other insects, too, like centipedes, roaches, crickets, etc., also get into your home.
So, the first step in getting rid of spiders and bugs from your garage should be to fix any water leakage in your garage.
Water leakage increases the moisture content inside the garage, which makes the garage cooler than outside.
That attracts spiders and other bugs.
Now keep an eye on any water leakage around your garage and home too.
If there’s any, fix the leakage.
Eliminating moisture from your garage wins half the battle of getting rid of spiders in your garage.
Clean And Declutter Your Garage To Remove Any Hiding Places
Spiders love tight spaces and clutter.
And an average garage has lots of stuff that gives spider thousands of tight spaces to hide.
Things like cardboard boxes, tool kits, and paper piles in the garage gives spiders a lot of real estate to hide.
Not only spiders, but also bugs like centipedes, ants, and German roaches will make your garage home if there’s clutter in the garage.
So, declutter your garage.
Ensure that there’s enough breathing space between the things in the garage.
Another vital thing to keep in mind is keeping your stuff a few inches away from the wall.
When things are sticking with the wall, then spiders can easily hide in the tight gap.
Next is to clean your garage.
Though dirt and filth don’t attract spiders because spiders are carnivores, dirt and filth attract other bugs.
These bugs will attract the spiders.
If there’s any trash bin inside your garage, keep it clean.
And ensure there’s no organic waste inside your garage.
If there are cobwebs of house spiders, use a broom to remove them.
Organic waste, like food waste, attracts a whole range of bugs and insects, drawing the spiders in the garage.
And, not surprisingly, spiders in your garage can also sneak into your car.
Seal Any Cracks And Gaps On The Garage Walls To Stop Spiders From Entering
Spiders can not only hide in tight gaps and crevices, but they can easily crawl through them.
Their bodies are designed in a way to flatten up when they are sneaking through tight spaces.
So, to deter spiders, and many other insects like centipedes and millipedes, seal those gaps.
Also, seal the gaps and cracks on the window sills and doors.
If there are any cracks on the floor, seal them too.
You should also repair any flooring issues like loose tiles to stop other bugs from hiding there.
You’ll find a quality sealant in any hardware and DIY store.
Remember, the more bugs and insects inside your garage; the more are the chances of spiders inside your garage.
Spray A Mixture Of Peppermint Essential Oil And Water To Repel Spiders
Spiders hate the peppermint smell.
The methanol content in the peppermint oil gives it a unique smell that spiders, and many other bugs, can’t stand.
Add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil with 16 oz of water.
To add more punch into it, add a drop of dish soap.
Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, shake well, and then spray in all the corners of your garage.
If spiders are hiding inside your garage, you’ll find many of them scurrying around the floor.
Other essential oils like eucalyptus, lavender, and neem work fine to get rid of spiders.
Get Rid Of Bugs And Insects From Your Yard
Let’s face it. Spiders enter your home from your yard or garden.
But what they’re doing in your yard or garden?
They’re hiding and hunting other bugs and insects living there.
Unless your yard or garden is clean and insect-free, spiders will keep coming back into your home and garage.
It’s because they haven’t left your yard or garden yet.
Also, clean your yard of any waste like foliage and rotting firewood. Both provide hiding places and food for bugs like termites and roaches.
Things NOT To Do To Get Rid Of Spiders In Garage, And Home
There are some popular ways, recommended by many websites, to get rid of spiders.
Some of these ways don’t work. Not only that, they can be risky for you too.
Let’s have a look at each of them.
Don’t Use Spider Bombs In Garage
Please don’t use them.
Foggers and bug bombs are not effective when it comes to getting rid of spiders.
There are reasons for it. Here they are –
- The gas from the foggers and spider bombs don’t cover the entire garage. Their range is relatively low.
- The gas doesn’t penetrate the fine cracks and gaps on the walls and the floors where spiders hide.
- The gas from the spider bomb can’t go behind the objects where spiders hide.
- Using spider bombs can repel the spiders, causing them to hide somewhere else in your garage. The low reach of the gas from the spider bombs leaves many corners of your garage untouched.
- The gas from the spider bombs and bug bombs can cause allergic and asthmatic reactions. Also, they’re highly flammable. A tiny spark from an electrical outlet in your garage can be disastrous.
To know more about the limitations of spider bombs and bug bombs, you can check out this research work from the University of Kentucky.
Keep Your Cat Away From Spiders
Cats can eat spiders and many other kinds of reptiles like lizards.
But does that mean you should let loose your pet cat to hunt the spiders down?
No, please don’t do it. It can expose your furry family member to severe health issues.
Do NOT Squish or Crush The Spider Under Your Foot
Please don’t do it. Especially when the spider is not a web weaving spider.
The matter that splashes out of the spider is poisonous.
If it gets onto your skin, then it can cause serious problems.
The guts splattered on the floor, if not cleaned properly, can attract other bugs like ants and roaches.
You surely don’t want to.
If you spot a spider, it’d be best to use a vacuum cleaner on it or use a broomstick to swipe it off your garage’s or home’s floor.
Will A Dehumidifier Get Rid Of Spiders?
Dehumidifier plays a part in getting rid of spiders, but it’s not solely responsible for removing spiders from your home.
Dehumidifiers dry up the air inside your home. It makes your home less attractive to bugs and insects.
Eventually, spiders may run out of insects to eat and may quit your home.
But will a dehumidifier single-handedly get rid of the spiders? No.
It’s because spiders prefer wet places to hide. That’s why spiders in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and basement are pretty common.
Only dry air or lack of humidity in your home won’t repel spiders.
Had that been the case, then there wouldn’t have been any spiders in desserts!
The best way to make your garage less attractive to spiders is by removing the bugs from your home, and by reducing wetness and clutter.
When Do Spiders Go Away?
House spiders don’t go away from your home.
They’re born to live and breed inside your home for centuries.
But many outdoor spiders accidentally enter your home either in search of mate or food.
It might be humane not to kill them.
Spiders might be doing a favor in your home by eating away all the bugs and insects inside your home.
Some of these outdoor spiders that can wander into your home are Cross orb weaver, Grass spider, Filmy dome spider, Crab spider, Western lynx spider, Wolf spider, Wood house-hunter, and Johnson Jumper Spider
These spiders won’t stay for long inside your home, and they’ll go away.
Your home and garage isn’t a natural habitat for them.
So, the best way to get rid of spiders in the garage is to eliminate bugs hidden inside your garage.
Spiders eat those hiding bugs, which attracts them to your garage.
But that’s not all.
You need to take some steps to ensure that your garage doesn’t attract spiders.
In this post, we’ve revealed the steps on how to get rid of spiders and other bugs in your garage by making your garage inhabitable for them.
All these steps complement the most critical step, which is to eliminate other bugs from your garage.
Plus, we’ve also revealed the things that you should never do while eliminating spiders from your home and garage.
Those steps are not only ineffective, but they can also put you and your family in danger.
We are Mark and Jim. We dabbled with bugs and pests for most of our lives. And we provide information and hacks that work in making your home pest free.