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Hatdiva
Farmgirl in Training

10 Posts

Sayra
Peck Idaho
USA
10 Posts

Posted - Sep 08 2009 :  6:38:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How on earth do you drive out spiders? My daughter is terrified of them. I've tried the sticky traps with no luck! Any ideas?

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deeredawn
True Blue Farmgirl

2306 Posts

Dawn
Cordova TN
USA
2306 Posts

Posted - Sep 08 2009 :  7:10:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been told that spiders do not like the smell of eucalyptus. Maybe try some oil on cotton balls of that around the house? I seem to remember doing that once, but I apologize, I can't recall the results!

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gramadinah
True Blue Farmgirl

3486 Posts

Diana
Orofino ID
USA
3486 Posts

Posted - Sep 08 2009 :  8:42:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Try to keep your wood storage away from your house and when I put the cedar wood chips around the house it seem to cut down on the amount of them.
Hey welcome to the forum we only live a few miles from each other.

Diana

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Diane B Carter
True Blue Farmgirl

1270 Posts

Diane
Blasdell N.Y.
USA
1270 Posts

Posted - Sep 09 2009 :  5:08:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Step on them

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dutchy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Posted - Sep 09 2009 :  5:44:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Scream and THEN step on them., lol

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DaisyFarm
True Blue Farmgirl

1646 Posts

Diane
Victoria BC
Canada
1646 Posts

Posted - Sep 09 2009 :  7:21:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can't step on them here, but the vacuum cleaner works!!
We have tons of spiders here, especially this time of year. Many people swear by putting chestnuts around your house. I haven't tried it myself tho.
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Diane B Carter
True Blue Farmgirl

1270 Posts

Diane
Blasdell N.Y.
USA
1270 Posts

Posted - Sep 10 2009 :  10:29:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The vaccume cleaner is good as long as you know they are dead or empty it into the garbage when done vaccumming, those little guys do live sometimes and crawl out of the vaccume even meaner and dusty.
Or that is something I grew up beliving and it could be wrong. But thats what I was told.

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DaisyFarm
True Blue Farmgirl

1646 Posts

Diane
Victoria BC
Canada
1646 Posts

Posted - Sep 10 2009 :  11:07:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not if you put an old sock on the end of the hose!
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twink
True Blue Farmgirl

131 Posts

Deb
Rapid City SD
USA
131 Posts

Posted - Nov 03 2009 :  07:03:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There is a fruit called hedge apples that we use to help with spiders. They are extremely expensive this year, however, at $1.00 each. Usually they are about 29¢. You are supposed to place one or two per room. They are green and all bumpy and ugly. I think some people call them ugly fruit, and it has many other names - horse apples, osage orange, etc. They are related to the mulberry, I think. After a month or so they can turn brown and look like a walnut, but apparently they keep working anyway. I've had luck with them in our lower level, but haven't tried them in the main part of the house yet. I just set one in each corner, on a piece of parchment paper to protect the floor. Seems to be working, and we have MEGA spiders around here because our house is surrounded by huge ponderosa pine trees and spiders love to hang out in the trees, ya know.

A little info about them: http://www.ehow.com/how_4513879_rid-spiders-poison-sprays.html

-Deb

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Cycling Farm Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

86 Posts

Carrie
Alberta
Canada
86 Posts

Posted - Nov 03 2009 :  11:27:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I looked at this website ..they have good suggestions like eucalyptus leaves disbersed throughout the house...and there are other natural ways as well, like getting a cat as they are great spider hunters! I like that suggestion! Great site, and I've learned a little about keeping spiders out!

http://www.ehow.com/how_2125846_repel-spiders.html

Carrie - Victorian Urban Farmgirl

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Julia
True Blue Farmgirl

1949 Posts

Julia
Shelton WA
USA
1949 Posts

Posted - Nov 03 2009 :  9:10:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Scream, step on them, and then do the "Icky, I just squished a spider!' dance.

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Libbie
Farmgirl Connection Cultivator

3579 Posts

Anne E.
Elsinore Utah
USA
3579 Posts

Posted - Nov 05 2009 :  11:39:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have bunches of spiders here, too - farmland, big elm trees and a woodstack-fence - and I'm afraid of the poison stuff, because we also have a very large preying mantis population (isn't that weird?) so, in desperation, I've gone outside when nobody's around and tried to reason with the spiders, telling them that they can live wherever on the farm, the woodpile, etc., but they must NOT harm my little boys, and any of them that enter my home or vehicle can be squished by me with no retaliation by other arachnids. I know - y'all probably will think I'm nuts by now, but we really have very few spideys inside, and nobody's been bitten by one yet (knocking on wood...)!

XOXO, Libbie

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Diane B Carter
True Blue Farmgirl

1270 Posts

Diane
Blasdell N.Y.
USA
1270 Posts

Posted - Nov 05 2009 :  1:04:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My SIL said she used a spider grapefruit to get rid of spiders, I am lucky so far I don't have any here. I never knew there was fruit that would get rid of them Good luck!

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Wildcrafter
True Blue Farmgirl

340 Posts

Suzanne
Seattle WA
USA
340 Posts

Posted - Nov 06 2009 :  06:55:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Julia

Scream, step on them, and then do the "Icky, I just squished a spider!' dance.


What? Have you been spying on me?
What do I do about spiders? I moved! I lived in this 50s ranch house and every blasted September, big huge hairy spiders moved in for about 2 weeks. I tried sticky traps, yelling at them, sprayed poison inside and outside my house twice, put those things in the electrical outlets that supposedly put out some kind of sound that spiders don't like.....nothing worked. So, I told my husband this year that we were moving before September. I found us a place in August that was bigger, newer by 40 years!, well insulated with 3 1/2 acres. No big hairy spiders this year! I found a couple in the garage. One, my friend got out with a broom and one of my chickens ate it! The other, I got my big manly husband to kill for me. I just scream. He comes running, calls me a baby (and?) and then he kills them. My hero. We put sticky traps out in the garage and they work for out there. I watched my chickens peck at dead bugs in the sticky traps and eat them. Goofballs!

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Maggiemoo
Farmgirl in Training

15 Posts

Jennifer
Johnstown Ohio
USA
15 Posts

Posted - Jan 13 2010 :  04:48:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have lived in the country for seven years now here in Licking county Ohio. The first two years we had someone spray for them because they were so bad. We were the first house to disturb the soil on this land. We had those big furry dark brown ones that everyone here calls wolf spiders. Year three someone told us about using hedge apples around the outside and down in our basement. We tried it and it really works! No spiders. I still can't believe it. They grow abundantly here, so I would be happy to send anyone who wants some next year. Don't pay for them. I place about eight of them around each year. I hope this helps.


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clothedinscarlet
True Blue Farmgirl

1333 Posts

Siobhan
Battle Creek MI
USA
1333 Posts

Posted - Jan 13 2010 :  06:03:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by twink

There is a fruit called hedge apples that we use to help with spiders. They are extremely expensive this year, however, at $1.00 each. Usually they are about 29¢. You are supposed to place one or two per room. They are green and all bumpy and ugly. I think some people call them ugly fruit, and it has many other names - horse apples, osage orange, etc. They are related to the mulberry, I think. After a month or so they can turn brown and look like a walnut, but apparently they keep working anyway. I've had luck with them in our lower level, but haven't tried them in the main part of the house yet. I just set one in each corner, on a piece of parchment paper to protect the floor. Seems to be working, and we have MEGA spiders around here because our house is surrounded by huge ponderosa pine trees and spiders love to hang out in the trees, ya know.

A little info about them: http://www.ehow.com/how_4513879_rid-spiders-poison-sprays.html

-Deb

http://healthtalk.6.forumer.com/index.php

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you'll land amongst the stars. - Anonymous



Yes, this. We have them at a local farm market type of store that sells produce and gardening stuff. They go by osage orange here and they're supposed to be great for keeping spiders away. I haven't tried them yet (we have tons of spiders too) because I'm afraid my boys will try to eat them and I don't really know if they're safe.

Siobhan, wife to my best friend, Trent, and mommy to Camden (11/28/05) and Bennett (7/11/07). and Truman (7/28/09)
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Faransgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

895 Posts

Beth
Houston Texas
USA
895 Posts

Posted - Jan 13 2010 :  10:31:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, I know alot of people don't like spiders and some kids are scared of them but, they really are the most beneficial beastie you can have in the house. The help keep down the other bugs. We live in South Texas where roaches are very plentiful. I seldom see one in my house because anyone killing a spider gets yelled at. I would lots rather have spiders than roaches and silverfish, etc. I never never banish a spider. My kids and sister have gotten use to the idea that spiders in our house are not killed. The cats don't even bother them much anymore. Just my opinion and not a popular one. LOL

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Maggiemoo
Farmgirl in Training

15 Posts

Jennifer
Johnstown Ohio
USA
15 Posts

Posted - Jan 13 2010 :  11:47:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Siobhan,

That is a good point...I honestly don't know about the safety of them and little kids. My kids are older, so it wasn't a concern for me. I will try to find out an answer to that.

Jennifer

Cowgirls are forever.
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Maggiemoo
Farmgirl in Training

15 Posts

Jennifer
Johnstown Ohio
USA
15 Posts

Posted - Jan 13 2010 :  1:09:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://www.gpnc.org/osage.htm

Please see the above website. It has a lot of information on the hedge apple (osage orange). They are not poisonous. Hope this helps.

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cntry@heart
True Blue Farmgirl

57 Posts

Diane
Clinton MO
USA
57 Posts

Posted - Jan 13 2010 :  4:32:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have tried the hedgeapple thing myself - and it does work. I have hedgeapple trees on my farm so I can get them pretty cheeap! :-)
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Annika
True Blue Farmgirl

5602 Posts

Annika

USA
5602 Posts

Posted - Jan 13 2010 :  4:40:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
*SHUDDER* Yuck..icky...spiders...squish the nasty things!

Annika
Farmgirl & sister #13

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Bugabee
Farmgirl in Training

33 Posts

Kristie
Lugoff South Carolina
USA
33 Posts

Posted - Feb 18 2010 :  5:44:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Spiders are good!! Stop trying to kill them if they aren't posionous! They help control smaller pests. Here are some wonderful things about spiders that might shift your perception. Spiders are amazingly beautiful creatures. Go online and look at how many different shapes, colors,and sizes they are. I used to have all my students research at least one spider and the girls always freaked out! However, once they found out a little about them they began to feel more in control~meaning less afraid. Most spiders mouths are not big enough to bite you! In certain parts of the country like ours (South Carolina) we have two major poisonous spiders. One can eat a huge hole in your flesh and one can paralize you and kill you. These deserve respect by staying away and when you learn their habitat you can avoid these areas. In one day I found 9 Black Widow spiders in my sons outside toys. I learned that his toys must be put up every night and I got chickens(great spider control)to help out. The biggest thing I did was to teach my son about them. He is 9 now and totaly fascinated and very respectful of these creatures. He has taught all is friends to stay away from these spiders. You are only posioning yourself and family when you spray!!! Spiders walk in the tips of their legs. Sprays, unless sprayed directly on the spider, never reach the necessary organs to kill them. Their respiratory system does not work like ours. So, the only one breating the posion is you. I suspect your eyes are bulging and you have guffawed at least 3 times while reading this, but I swear by education. It seems to take the fear and mystery out of those who learn about them. Remember what you put out you get back in return. Would you like to be smashed by a newspaper?

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melody
True Blue Farmgirl

3239 Posts

Melody
The Great North Woods in the Land of Hiawatha
USA
3239 Posts

Posted - Feb 18 2010 :  6:07:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We live very close to the bay here in the north woods and every spring we have an exterminator come to the house and spray the siding; which I just hate doing! Goodness knows what he uses---it doesn't have an odor and looks just like rainwater.... We have yet to discover an alternative solution other than that.

It gets so bad you can't even sit out on the porch at night

Good luck!

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- George Herbert

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Kidrae
Farmgirl at Heart

3 Posts

RaeAnn
Amarillo Texas
USA
3 Posts

Posted - Feb 25 2010 :  06:04:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi am new this is my first post. Here where I live we have a lot of different spiders. I am with not killing them and not spraying for them. But I am with not wanting them in my house. Most stay out but the daddy long-legs don't. But there are ways to try and keep them from coming in. One I have not tried yet but will this year is sprinkling penny-royal in the areas they frequent. For me I am going to try in window seals and doors that lead outside.
Thanks for the fun
RaeAnn
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classygram
True Blue Farmgirl

1812 Posts

Brenda
Pleasant Hill Mo.
USA
1812 Posts

Posted - Feb 25 2010 :  06:38:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have heard that the hedge apples are great for spiders. My daughers property has a ditch running though the far end and The hedge apples are very plentiful. I'm going to try putting them in each room. We get lots of spiders and I DON'T like them.
Brenda
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4361 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4361 Posts

Posted - Feb 25 2010 :  5:54:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I appreciate that spiders are beneficial. But, word to the wise, be careful when they are in your house. Two months ago, we had snow. I put on my knitted winter cap, not knowing a spider was hiding in it. It fell down my face. I stepped on it. I did not feel it when it bit me. I ended up with a huge, nasty wound on my chin, swollen glands, and a bad, bad infection. I have had to go to the doctor more than once for that little critter. My face is scarred. All from a little spider. Some are poisonous, and even if they aren't can still give you a nasty infection if they bite you from the bacteria. Outside my house, is fine, but don't want them in my house! Now I check my hats, boots, and mittens before donning!

Nicole, Farmgirl Sister # 1155

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