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post #1 of Old 09-11-2011, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Spiders, and spider webs!

I clean basements in apartment complexes. There are over 40-50 rooms total I have to maintain and each room is loaded with spider webs which I have to get rid of. I swipe em down and they always return. Is there anything I can do to stop the spiders from returning? Something I can put in each room, maybe a scent of some sort that they do not like.
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Try vacuuming them. Spiders are good at evasive action.
Find out where they are coming from and stop them there.
What is the condition of the web? If there are a lot of bugs in them then get rid of the food source.
Eucalyptus oil is something they don't like. Try a few drops mixed with water in a spray bottle. I use peppermint for ants.
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Vacuuming them is impossible. There are far too many. Each room (40-50), contains at least anywhere from 30-80 webs. They are everywhere. I swipe them all down and than they return a week later. It's a never ending, stressful process. I will try the Eucalyptus oil though. I could try spraying that all over the ceiling and windows in one room and see if they return. I also heard they don't like lemon scent, I don't know. I just want to able to swipe the room clean of webs and not have to worry about them returning. It's also a pain because I have to keep the basement floors clean but everytime I swipe down webs, stuff falls everywhere. So I have to go and vacuum the entire basement floor.

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Industrial Strenght Vinegar. They wont come near it. Put in a pump up sprayer and spray where the webs are they wont come back. Repeat evey 3-6 months

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Industrial Strenght Vinegar. They wont come near it. Put in a pump up sprayer and spray where the webs are they wont come back. Repeat evey 3-6 months
Where do you find that? I can't find it anywhere online. If I cant find it online I doubt I'll find it in a store.
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Check with Garden stores, places that sell plants, fertilizers, etc. Not the Home Depots or Lowes but the mom and pop landscape/plant nursery/ type store. you may also find it under acetic acid as that what vinegar basically is. It also used as a great weed killer. As a test you can also try regualr store bought vinegar. You may just have to repeat treatments a little more often. Once you start treating you will see the frequency of treatments needed decline as the spiders stay away. They really can't stand the smell of it and once they leave they generally dont come back.

Goodle "industrial strength vinegar". Tons of info on it and uses.

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Okay, thanks. Now my question is would be it be okay spraying this all over the ceilings of the basements. Would it cause damage or harm anyone in terms of someone inhaling it while walking through their basement?
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Okay, thanks. Now my question is would be it be okay spraying this all over the ceilings of the basements. Would it cause damage or harm anyone in terms of someone inhaling it while walking through their basement?
Always read lable and follow directions. Me personally I dont allow anyone around while I am spraying. The smell to humans will disipate over time and usally pretty quickly, but the spiders will smell it for a longer time, 3-6 months. I dont know that it would harm anyone repsratory wise as I am not a doctor but Vinegar in itself smells terrible to me.

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Thanks for the information cleanandgreen. My husband cleans a dentist office that always has spiderwebs around the bottom to the chairs. I am going to have him give it a try.
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Thanks for the information cleanandgreen. My husband cleans a dentist office that always has spiderwebs around the bottom to the chairs. I am going to have him give it a try.
Just lightly mist them then, since they are chairs and indoors. Maybe do on Friday so you have the whole week end for the vinegar smell to dissiapte.

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industrial strength vinegar? i enjoyed this information from this post. thank you! i'll be trying this at home
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Just lightly mist them then, since they are chairs and indoors. Maybe do on Friday so you have the whole week end for the vinegar smell to dissiapte.
Will do. thanks again
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Try vacuuming them. Spiders are good at evasive action.
Find out where they are coming from and stop them there.
What is the condition of the web? If there are a lot of bugs in them then get rid of the food source.
Eucalyptus oil is something they don't like. Try a few drops mixed with water in a spray bottle. I use peppermint for ants.
Peppermint is great for many insects and some rodents as well. You can pick up a bottle from your local health store for fairly cheap.
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For the spider webs, use a wet microfiber duster to remove all hanging ends to stop them returning quickly.
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Peppermint is great for many insects and some rodents as well. You can pick up a bottle from your local health store for fairly cheap.
I have heard of this aswell, how effective is peppermint?

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good information, thanks for sharing Will be using the vinegar solution when time come..Oops, but dont like spideyyyys.

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