If you have a patio space, you know that spiders can quickly make it their home too. Spiders and spider webs can be a nuisance and if you’re wondering how to keep spiders away from your patio and avoid a spider infestation, then you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we will give you some tips on how to keep spiders away from your patio so that your outdoor space can stay free from pesky pests. Read on to learn more!

Reasons to Keep Spiders Away From Your Patio

Although many spiders are completely harmless, there are some that can cause serious problems. Brown recluse spiders are not aggressive, but when threatened they will bite. They’re dangerous because they inject venom, which can cause skin necrosis (tissue death), itching, and an open sore. The black widow spider is known to be venomous, but the toxicity of its venom isn’t considered to be lethal in humans. Still, their venom can cause muscle cramps and vomiting so you’ll want to avoid them and make sure you don’t have either of these spiders hanging out on your patio furniture. 

Other spiders, like wolf spiders or other harmless species of spiders, cause different kinds of problems. The issue of walking through spider webs every morning may not be a dangerous one, but it is a frustrating problem. Spiders also tend to be enticing to other animals as a food source. A spider population on your patio could mean you also end up with a bird, reptile, wasp, and centipede population along with those pesky spiders. These animals and more will feed off of spiders so it’s a good idea to take preventative measures to keep all of these from enjoying your outdoor area. 

Signs of a Spider Infestation

You may notice these signs of a spider infestation on your front porch, patio, or even start seeing them inside your home. 

  • Spiders weaving webs between structures or bushes 
  • Visible spiders and egg sacs 
  • Larger webs along boundaries or barrier walls 
  • webs against lighting fixtures 
  • Spider droppings on the ground 
  • Small piles of shed spider skins.

How to Keep Spiders Away From Patio

The first step in dealing with a spider infestation on your patio is to identify the species of spider. Because different species respond to different treatments, it is important to make sure that you know what you are dealing with. Once you have identified the species, you can make a plan for treating them as follows: 

1. Remove Spiders and Egg Clusters 

To get rid of a spider infestation, you should remove any visible spiders and egg masses. This can be done using a vacuum, a broom and dustpan, or any other device that will effectively remove spiders and egg masses. 

2. Clean the Patio 

It is important to thoroughly clean the patio. This will help get rid of any potential food sources for the spiders and make the living environment less hospitable to them. 

3. Repel Spiders with Natural Repellents

Natural repellents can be used to repel spiders. See below for recommendations.

4. Reduce Spider Habitats

Removing sources of refuge such as piles of debris, rocks, stacks of wood, or any other potential spider habitats can help prevent the spiders from nesting in the area. 

5. Use Insecticides

If natural repellents and preventative methods do not work, insecticides may be necessary to get rid of the infestation. See below for more information. 

Natural Avoidance Techniques

If you want to get rid of spiders in a natural way, these approaches can be effective natural spider repellent options.

Physical Barriers

Physical barriers for spiders might sound silly because spiders can climb anywhere they want to go. Even screening in your patio probably won’t keep them away. But you can address your spider problem with other physical barriers like the following:

  • Spider traps: Sticky traps are the best way to catch and eliminate spiders and other bugs on your patio.
  • Perimeter barriers: Barrier approaches like cedar mulch or diatomaceous earth sprinkled around the perimeter of your patio may also be effective at keeping out spiders. This will result in fewer bugs over all on your patio, at least the bugs that crawl. This option would need to be replaced often for efficacy.

Repellents Made from Essential Oils

The strong scents of some essential oils can repel spiders and other biting insects. This is a great way to deter most insects and other pests as well and as an added bonus, they smell great too. The smell of peppermint, for example, has a strong odor that works well for outdoor use to repel bugs. A few drops of tea tree oil or another of the oils below mixed with water in a spray bottle can be an effective way to keep spiders at bay. Simply spray over all areas on the patio, testing any fabrics first before spraying. 

  • Peppermint Oil
  • Citronella Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Clove Oil
  • Cedarwood Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Cinnamon Oil

Neem Oil 

Need oil, which is not an essential oil, but an organic pesticide derived from the seeds of a neem tree, is a great first step to repelling insects. Spiders, like other insects, are strongly deterred by the smell of neem oil. The smell of neem oil can be quite overpowering, which is why it is used to repel so many unwanted pests.

Chemical Solutions

If you have been unsuccessful at finding effective spider repellents for your patio, you may want o consider calling in the experts. While the above methods can be helpful, you may have a hard time totally eliminating the problem with natural approaches. It’s also very common for spider activity to move from your patio into your home as they multiply. Spiders can easily enter through the tiniest door openings or screen tears in windows. A professional pest control company like BuzzOFF of Southwest Florida will clear up your patio area and beyond so you don’t have to worry about spiders or other biting insects. 

BuzzOFF of Southwest Florida offers household pest control services that will easily handle your spider problem. Contact us today for a free estimate.