How to Get Rid of Spiders in Your Garage
By: Rita Stadler
Why do spiders like garages?
Dark, damp and cold garages are creepy enough, they don’t need help from spiders. Unfortunately, arachnids missed that memo.
Garages in particular attract spiders for many reasons; they offer protection from the elements, they’re quiet, and often contain items that attract bugs for spiders to eat. If these 8-legged critters are getting their basic survival needs met in your garage, they’ll never leave. To them; delicious insects, water, and a safe space to hang out is like paradise!
Rest assured, these five tips will help you shutdown the five-star spider resort operating in your garage.
1. Get rid of those cardboard boxes
Cardboard boxes are common garage accessories, even though you swear you only put a couple of boxes back there, somehow there are now dozens! Pests like silverfish, earwigs, and–everyone’s favorite–roaches LOVE cardboard boxes. They nibble on them, hide inside them, and multiply faster than the cardboard boxes themselves. 😉 To a famished spider, garages are beautiful buffets.
Cut off their snack supply by swapping the boxes for airtight storage containers. Getting rid of any other clutter will further ensure bugs have nothing to feed on or hide in.
2. Keep the lights off
Even though spiders like dark places, keeping the lights on at night attracts bugs they need for food. Use natural light sources like windows to usher them out. If possible, avoid working at night so lights don’t have to be used. Be sure to turn off lighting on the outside of the garage too.
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3. Fill in small openings
Spiders can fit through the tiniest cracks and crannies, don’t give them easy entry into your garage! Use caulk to seal up any openings. This will prevent other bugs from settling into your garage too.
4. Fix any leaks
Spiders—like all living beings—require food and water. A leaky faucet or water dripping in from the roof will encourage spiders to stay. Fix any leaks and prevent future ones to send spiders elsewhere.
5. Use a natural spider repellent
If you have a spider infestation keeping the lights off and cleaning clutter might not be enough to deter these pests. Using a fast-acting, natural repellent is the best solution. Stay Away® Spiders effectively repels spiders without the use of harmful chemicals. The fast-acting, plant-based ingredients in Stay Away® Spiders keeps arachnids out by emitting scents that smell pleasant to people, but offensive to spiders.
For continuous 30-day protection from spiders, simply place one Stay Away® Spiders pouch per 25 sq ft in areas where spiders or webs are present. Replace after 30 days.
Keep spiders out of your garage.
“Heck yes I’d use this again! I was having issues with spiders in my laundry room but was worried about my three cats being harmed. As soon as I read the ingredients and they were all-natural, I was excited. The cats were not bothered by it and after two days I never saw another spider.” — Melissa K.