How to Handle Black Widow Spiders
13 May 13 - By TheRazzLine.net - Compilation
Check out these non-toxic black widow spider solutions suggested by members of TheRazzLine.
How to Handle Black Widow Spiders
• Constantly sweep and/or hose down the infested area. By making the area unsafe they will typically move along.
• Essential oils – Spiders evidently sense smell through their feet. When a surface is covered with potent smelling oils, especially citrus oils, spiders tend to want to leave. Try a mixture of 1/3 essential oil to 2/3 water, and spray the infested areas.
• Break the webs down regularly. If you go looking for them at night with a flash light you will probably find the spiders and be able to kill them. I recommend using a spider poison in the specific areas where you actually see them.
I’ve had the most success by making whatever area they are trying to inhabit, uninhabitable. I have heard that some kinds of lizards and geckos are good to buy and let loose to eat the spiders.
In 1001 All Natural Secrets to Pest Control by Dr. Myles Bader, it suggests:
Add one drop of the following oils in a quart of water to kill spiders: Citronella oil, lavender oil, cinnamon oil, peppermint oil, citrus oil and tea tree oil. It will also kill a number of other insects as well.
When mixing citrus oil in a quart of water add 5 tablespoons of Dr. Bronners Peppermint Soap to give it extra kick.
For black widows spray once per month. Spray all cracks and areas where they are located. I hope this helps.
I used a small bottle butane torch to burn the spiders. You have to approach spiders slowly or they run away. Once you burn them they are easy to smash; sounds gross but it works. I also used two pieces of wood like banging cymbals together and to smash them. I noticed that black widows are non-aggressive and run away. They always have a hiding place close by to run to. They are also territorial which means they pretty much stay in the same area once they establish themselves. If you miss them once, wait an hour and try again. Good luck.
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I don't know of a natural repellent for black widow spiders, but there is a non-toxic way to kill them when you do see them. Take an empty spray bottle and fill it with dish washing liquid. Spray any live insect with it, and they will die in seconds. This is because the soap coats their exoskeleton and asphyxiates them.
I don't know of any, but feel that fears of "toxic" chemicals are greatly overblown. Kill the spiders. Your family's safety is more important.
Debra Lynn Dadd, the "Queen of Green", lectures nationally and has worked with actors Kelly Preston, Daryl Hannah, and Ed Begley, Jr., etc., in their campaigns for green living.
She's an expert in the area of home toxins which includes pesticides. She can probably arm you with some good data to help you in your search of a more non-toxic approach to pest extermination.
Debra has a wonderfully informative website, www.dld123.com, and has written books on toxins in the home and beyond. Her latest book, Home Safe Home, is a bible for many and is jam-packed with zero-toxic solutions to creating a non-toxic home environment.
Relative to your situation, there's a chapter on home pest control. She identifies the toxic chemicals generally used to control bugs, and then offers several safe solutions to the problem of infestation and prevention.
Try Chinese ant chalk. We use it for ants but I also find dead spiders.
I remember finding a black widow in the corner of my room, 4 feet from my baby's crib. Lucky for me, I have the unique ability to smell black widows. They give off a chemical smell that most people do not notice. I smell it very strongly so I know to look for them.
When you find a black widow, circle her with the Chinese chalk and watch what happens. If it is going to work it does pretty quickly. It paralyzes their nervous system. You can purchase Chinese ant chalk in
Chinatownfor a few dollars or less per box. There are fake Chinese chalks around so I would make the trip to Chinatownto be sure it’s the real deal and buy a bunch. We always end up giving away so many boxes that we have to keep going back for more.
This chalk that contains boric acid which is not harmful to pets or plants. It is not recommended for use in kitchens just to be safe. We use it in the pantry anyway, to keep weevils from infesting cereals.
Get in touch with Ron Wiedoff in
; he can probably help. He was my natural pest guy there and we always did very well in the bug and spider department in my house. He’s a great guy, email him at: email@example.com. Clearwater
A hammer works really well!
I also had someone recommend just burning down the house and starting over. LOL!
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