Spiders love your garage. The clutter, tight spaces, and presence of other insects in your garage make it a perfect haven for spiders to hide.
In this guide, you’ll find out how to get rid of spiders in the garage using the best effective ways.
You’ll also learn the hacks to repel spiders which will keep spiders out of the garage.
And a lot more. Keep reading.
How To Get Rid Of Spiders In The Garage – 4 Best Ways That Work
- Keep Spider Traps
- Use Spider Spray
- Use Vacuum Cleaner
- Use Bug Bombs
Let’s get into each of these steps to find out how they work.
However, there are additional steps that you’ll need to take to ensure that spiders don’t make your garage their home.
Keep Spider Traps In The Garage
When it comes to eliminating spiders in a confined space like your garage or basement, spider traps are your best option.
It lures the spiders out of hiding places and entraps them.
Keep the spider traps in the nooks and corners of your garage. Ensure that you keep a few in garage storage spaces and shelves.
You can also keep the traps or baits along the baseboards of the floor because spiders use the corners of the floor to walk.
Spider traps help eliminate spiders without exposing you to the risk of spider bites.
Use Spider Sprays To Kill Spiders
Another way to eliminate spiders inside the garage is to use a reliable spider-killer spray.
Use the spray in the spider-prone areas of your garage. Those places are tight corners, cardboard boxes, cluttered storage spaces, and behind and underneath furniture.
Wall voids and thin gaps and cracks on the floor are also hiding places for spiders. So, use the spider killer spray in these places too.
The spray will kill the spiders instantly. So, remove the dead spiders with a broom and dustpan and dispose of them outside your property.
Some spiders will detect the spray and can hide elsewhere in your garage.
So, it’ll be best to use the spider spray thrice a week for a couple of weeks until you stop noticing spider activity in your garage.
Use Vacuum Cleaner To Remove Spiders And Spider Webs
Vacuum cleaners come in handy when it comes to removing spiders. Use the vacuum cleaner nozzle on the spider.
The vacuum cleaner will suck up the spider. Dispose of the vacuum cleaner dust bag with the spider outside your property.
Using a vacuum cleaner is the easiest and the best way to remove the spider webs and tiny spiders like the cobweb spiders from the ceilings and walls.
Bug bombs will also eliminate the hiding spiders. But for the bug bomb to have maximum effect, you’ll have to remove the clutter in your garage.
If you don’t, the chemicals won’t reach the hiding spiders, and they’ll escape.
So, remove the big items and storage boxes from your garage. And use the bug bomb.
The aerosol pesticide that a bug bomb releases kills spiders on contact.
Remember that bug bombs have limited reach because the chemical pesticide in the bombs doesn’t penetrate the thinnest of gaps and cracks where spiders can hide.
Bug bombs can be risky. The fog that comes out of some bombs is inflammable. So, read and follow the safety instructions on the bug bombs before using them.
How To Keep Spiders Out Of Garage?
The best option to get rid of spiders in the garage is to never let them enter your garage.
Many things attract spiders to your garage and other cluttered places like the basement and storage rooms.
Removing them and closing the entry points are the keys to keeping spiders out of the garage.
Here’s how you can do it.
Clean Your Garage Regularly
Spiders and other insects love a dirty living space. The more cluttered the space is, the better it is for them because there are more hiding places.
So, clean your garage regularly and don’t let debris and wastes pile up.
Also, ensure that you remove the spider webs with the help of a vacuum cleaner.
While cleaning, you might come across spider egg sacs. Be discreet about removing them because if you break the egg sac, baby spiders can spill over from the egg sac and escape.
You can use a chemical that neutralizes the egg sac before removing it with the vacuum cleaner.
After cleaning, do not forget to dispose of the vacuum cleaner dust bag outside your property.
Eliminate Or Reduce Clutter In Your Garage
Spiders prefer to hide inside cluttered spaces. And unnecessary items in the garage increase the clutter, which increases the tight spaces where spiders can hide.
So, reducing or eliminating clutter inside the garage keeps the spiders away because they don’t have a hiding space.
Organize your garage storage space, so there’s enough breathing space between the garage items and between the storage shelves and walls.
Keeping your garage organized and clutter-free goes a long way to keeping spiders out of your garage.
Use Spider Repellent Like Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil does not kill spiders. It repels spiders.
Spiders hate the peppermint essential. Peppermint essential oil doesn’t kill spiders. But it’s a power spider-repellent.
And spiders keep away from places that smell minty.
You can make a peppermint oil spray on your own. Add 5-7 drops of peppermint essential oil in half a gallon of water.
Add 3-5 drops of liquid dish soap to the mixture and stir the mixture well. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it in all the nooks and corners of your garage.
Use the spray on places like garage doors and garage window sills. These are the places from where spiders sneak inside the garage.
You can also use peppermint spray right out of the bottle.
Many other essential oils also work to keep spiders away. Lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil are a few of them.
Peppermint oil keeps away not only spiders but also rodents and other insects.
Remove Bugs And Insects From Your Garage
Many pests and insects make your garage home, especially during the spring and summer.
Bugs like roaches and carpet beetles are common garage intruders during these periods.
Many overwintering bugs like wasps, kissing bugs, and stink bugs can also sneak inside your garage during the winter.
These bugs attract spiders. Why? It’s because these bugs hiding inside your garage are the spider’s food supply.
The spiders from the outdoors will pick up their pheromone smells and get inside your garage to hunt them.
And when the spiders realize that your garage is a source of delicious insects, they’ll hide inside your garage.
From your garage, these spiders can also sneak inside your car.
So, it’s vital to keep your garage bug-free. There are many ways to do it, depending on the type of insects that hide in your garage.
However, cleaning and disposing of infested items and using bug repellents, diatomaceous earth, and insecticide sprays are the best ways to eliminate and keep bugs out of the garage.
Remove Wood Piles From Your Garage
Many people store wood piles inside their garages. Or they store it near the garage door.
These wood piles attract spiders and bugs. Spiders hide in the gaps between the wood and wait for other bugs to arrive so that they can hunt them.
Keep wood piles away from your garage and house. There are proven ways to store firewood piles that help keep spiders and bugs like termites away.
Get Rid Of Cardboard Boxes
Cardboard boxes worsen the spider problem in your garage and home. It’s a perfect hiding place for many house spiders, bugs, and rodents.
So, use plastic boxes instead of cardboard boxes in your storage space. Metal boxes will also do.
Use Limited Lighting In Your Garage
It might sound counterintuitive because spiders love to hide in dark corners.
However, reducing the lighting in your garage will deter spiders indirectly. How?
There are many bugs, flies, and other creepy crawlies that artificial light attracts.
More bugs sneak in through the crawl spaces or fly through open doors and windows. The bug infestation inside your garage attracts spiders.
So, do not keep your garage bright.
But there’s a workaround to ensure no dark places in your garage without attracting the bugs and flies.
And that’s by using sodium light bulbs or bug-repelling light bulbs. These light sources don’t attract bugs.
You can also install a bug zapper in your outdoor area to kill the flies that light attracts.
Seal Gaps And Cracks
Spiders and many other pests can hide in the thinnest gaps and cracks in your garage walls, storage, and floor.
The crevices on the garage door and window sills enable the bugs and spiders to crawl through them and sneak inside the garage.
So, seal those gaps.
Also, use window shields with fine mesh on the garage windows. These screens stop bugs and insects from flying inside the garage.
And no insects in your garage means the spiders have no food supply. The absence of bugs helps a lot in negating a spider infestation in homes.
Use Natural Remedies To Repel Spiders
Many natural alternatives in your kitchen help prevent spiders taking shelter in your garage or home.
White vinegar, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, chestnuts, grounded black pepper, and even plants like lavender keep spiders away.
You can keep them where you’ve noticed spiders.
You can also make white vinegar spray by mixing a few drops of white vinegar in three cups of water. Pour it into a spray bottle and spray the mixture in your garage.
Spiders and bugs hate the acidic smell of white vinegar, and it’s a proven spider deterrent.
Types Of Spiders That Hide In The Garage And Home
The weather outdoors and suitable living conditions for spiders in your home can attract spiders.
Some spider species invade their home and hide in cluttered places like the basement, garage, store room, and laundry room.
Brown Recluse Spiders
The brown recluses are venomous spiders that hide in dark corners of your basement, garage, storage space, and attic.
These spiders bite humans, and their bites can cause some serious issues like skin necrosis.
The presence of one brown recluse spider can signify that there are more.
Black Widow Spiders
Black widows are another venomous spider species that love human homes. These spiders sneak inside the house when the outdoor weather forces them to.
The presence of pests and other bugs also attracts these spiders.
The black widow spider webs are close to the ground because these spiders trap crawling insects.
Sighting of even one black widow can mean that there’s a black widow spider infestation in your home.
Spider infestations in homes worsen when spiders breed and lay eggs inside the house.
Wolf spiders love to hide in places like the basement and garage. These spiders look like brown recluses, but some anatomical differences can help you distinguish between them.
Wolf spiders don’t have the violin shape on their abdomen that the brown recluse spiders have.
Also, wolf spiders have shorter legs and two big eyes in the middle of their heads.
These spiders have eight legs, and the wolf spider doesn’t spin spider webs. It lurks and pounces on its prey rather than trapping it on a web.
The wolf spider isn’t poisonous. And even if it can bite humans, their bites aren’t as serious as the black widow spider or the brown recluse spider.
The American House Spiders
The most common garage spider is the American house spider. These spiders can appear in the most unlikely places, like your bedroom and kitchen.
However, American house spiders are harmless.
Other harmless spiders you can find in your garage are the daddy longlegs, the grass spider, and the jumping spider.
The jumping spiders and the grass spiders are accidental intruders to human homes. The indoors are not their ideal habitat to live in.
So, even if they’re inside a garage or home, they’ll try to move out as soon as possible.
The best ways to get rid of spiders in the garage are using spider sprays, sticky spider traps, bug bombs, and vacuum cleaners.
However, keeping spiders away from the garage is the key to preventing a spider infestation.
This guide revealed how to make your garage, home spider, and insect repellant.
Failing to get rid of spiders in the garage and home can trigger serious spider infestations. In that case, you will need a pest control expert to eliminate the spiders.
We’re Mark and Jim, and we’re retired pest controllers who made homes pest-free for more than three decades. We, along with our team of experts, founded this site to give you the pest control hacks that work.