DIY pest control for spiders?
September 3, 2014 6:53 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for alternatives to paying for professional pest control.
posted by Boxenmacher to Home & Garden (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We pay about $85 every three months for pest control, mainly for spiders. But we occasionally get other crawlies in the house, like pillbugs and roaches. We ask for the pet-safe spray, which smells like Ben Gay. The exterminators spray around the floorboards of the house and around the outside of the house. Takes two people about 15 minutes.
But the spiders come back about a month before the next appointment. I guess the pet-safe spray isn't as strong as the regular stuff. So we need to spray more often, but I don't want to pay for more visits.
I tried using Ecosmart indoor/outdoor home pest control spray. The built-in sprayer was drippy and put down a lot of liquid. It was like using a Windex bottle to spray milk on the tile floor. Also, the peppermint/Ben Gay smell was very strong and lasted for hours.
Then I bought a plastic spray tank with a plastic nozzle. It, too, laid down a heavy coat of the stuff. I can use this to spray the outside, but not inside. Too much run-off.
When the exterminators do it, I can't even tell they've been. Even the smell only lasts about an hour.
So, help me out, please. I really just need a regular, pet-safe (cat-safe, specifically) solution to keep spiders and other pests out of the house. What works?