If the inside of your home looks like you started decorating for Halloween early, you may have a problem.
Cobwebs mean one thing: You have some creepy crawlers living as roommates in your home. For the record, spiders aren’t all bad. They do help get rid of other pesky bugs like mosquitoes and flies, which can decrease bug bites. But when it comes down to it, spiders just aren’t pleasant to encounter. Left to their own devices, they creep into tiny cracks and crevices, creating webs that collect dust and remnants of their (cringe) meals. And let’s be honest, no one wants to walk into a web on their way to the kitchen or bathroom first thing in the morning.
So what exactly is a cobweb? Unlike spiderwebs, which spiders use to catch and trap their prey, cobwebs are vacant “homes” spiders have abandoned to move onto better pastures – in this case, usually just a new area of your house. The stray spider silk left behind is incredibly sticky and a magnet for pollen, dust particles, and other debris. Bottom line: They have no place in your home and it’s time to eliminate them from the corners of your abode.
How to Clean Cobwebs
Combating the sticky strands is not that tough, but most people don’t want to get up close and personal with spider graveyards. Luckily, getting rid of cobwebs can be done with some distance between you and the abandoned critter homes.
The best way to clean cobwebs without getting too close is to use the extension nozzle of your vacuum and suck them up. Make sure to attack the corners of ceilings and any other nooks and crannies, especially around windows and doors. Soft dusters with long handles work well, too—plus, using an extension will keep you off wobbly chairs as you strain to reach the ceiling. You can also get creative and attach an old sock or cleaning cloth to the end of a broom or yardstick and swipe away any webs lurking in the corners.
If cobwebs have found their way onto curtains or other fabric, follow the vacuum method and use a lint roller to pick up those remaining sticky strands. Always wash the fabric if you are able to. You don’t want spider meals on your old winter coat, right?
How Prevent Spiderwebs From Forming Outside Your House
The best way to stop spiders from leaving their mark is to prevent them from ever coming in. Fall is the perfect time for spiders to seek shelter, so stay one step ahead of them and block their access. Seal cracks in windows and door frames, and cover your vents with insect screens. And while you’re outside covering up the cracks, move any of your potted plants a few extra feet from the house. Spiders love to hide inside shrubs and leafy vegetables, so if you’re going to give them a home, keep them away from yours.
How to Prevent Spiderwebs From Forming Inside Your House
An additional line of defense to prevent cobwebs from forming in your house is to dab your home with scents that drive spiders away. As the critters taste with their legs, they won’t enter an area that has traces of lemon, peppermint, or eucalyptus. Dab some of these flavors onto small cotton balls and hide them inside the cracks you can’t seal, or spray the scents directly in the corners of your home to deter the leggy creatures.
With those pesky little creepers at bay, you can focus time and energy on making your home welcoming for all your guests. Just remember, if you need help cleaning cobwebs or anything else, The Maids is here for you! We do everything from monthly cleaning to holiday cleaning. Call us at 1-800-THE-MAIDS today!