How To Get Rid Of Cobwebs (And Keep Spiders At Bay)

Spiders are known for trapping their food webs, only to leave them behind after feasting. When you have enough of these traps lying around, they make your home look dirty. 

So, if you’ve ever had these uninvited guests in your home, it’s not much of a surprise to find yourself struggling with cleaning after them. The good news is that cleaning cobwebs is not as complicated as it looks! Just follow the guide below and learn how to do it quickly.

Where do cobwebs come from?

Even if it looks like they appear from thin air, no cobwebs ever show up on their own. If you run into any web, a spider used to be there to build it.

However, there is an important distinction: cobwebs are abandoned remains, unlike spider webs used to catch prey. In fact, the reason you can see them is all the dust they’ve gathered after sitting there for a while.

In summary, cobwebs are not only signs of spiders being there, but it also means that you should thoroughly clean those areas.

How to remove hard-to-reach cobwebs

Cobwebs and spider webs are usually easy to clean, but that can change if they show up in hard-to-reach places where spiders tend to build their webs. 

If you’re having trouble reaching those pesky webs, here are a few tools that can help:

Tool #1. Vacuum cleaner

Vacuum cleaners don’t only work on your floors! These devices are made with the specific purpose of completing your chores easily, even cleaning cobwebs. You just need a long wand attachment for the extra reach you need.

Tool #2. Extended duster 

Extended dusters are like those classic cleaning tools but with a twist. These dusters have a long extendable handle to reach even the trickiest spots.

Pro tip: If you don’t have a long duster, don’t worry, you can also make your own by attaching a spare microfiber sock to a large pole.

Is cleaning outdoor cobwebs different from indoors?

Mostly, cleaning cobwebs is the same process regardless of where they are. However, if you have outdoor plants and some webs show up on them, roughly cleaning them can cause some harm. Luckily, that’s easy to avoid by just being a bit more gentle when cleaning.

How to prevent cobwebs in your home

Cleaning cobwebs is pretty simple, but trouble comes when you have to keep doing it over and over again. 

In this case, we have a few simple tips to help you keep the cobwebs at bay! 

Tip #1. Natural repellents

Spiders are bugs, which means repellents are always an option. However, while store-bought repellents may be the first thing that comes to mind, some natural alternatives work just as well and are less harmful to your household’s environment and plants.

Here are two ways to make natural spider repellents:

  • Option 1. White vinegar: Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar. Then, locate the spots where cobwebs tend to show up and spray them with the solution. 
  • Option 2. Essential oils: In a spray bottle filled with water, pour a few drops of essential oil (eucalyptus, citrus, peppermint, or tea tree oil are the best options), and add a splash of dish soap to help the water and oil mix easily. Then, use the spray on the corners where spiders usually build their webs.

Tip #2. Seal your home

If spiders can’t get in, they can’t build webs. So, covering up and sealing the small crevices where spiders could crawl through to get inside your house is an effective way to keep them outside and keep your home cobweb-free.

Merit Maids of Denver can help you with the chores! 

Cleaning often is the best thing you can do if you struggle to keep the cobwebs at bay. However, we know you might not have time to be on top of your home cleaning, so that’s why Merit Maids of Denver is here to help! Check out our services here.

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