Spiders – Horse Apples And Tobacco

2012 spring and summer has been a banner year for spiders. Our mild winter has allowed many more adult spiders to survive this past winter and start breeding earlier than in most years. In the south and southwest U.S. reports of spider bites are on the rise.

If your are bitten by a spider, seek medial treatment as soon as possible, the longer you wait the more tissue damage is caused by the spiders venom. Try to take the spider ‘dead or alive’ to hospital with you. It is important that the medical staff know what kind of spider you were bitten by to provide you with the proper treatment.

Spiders – In U.S. gardens and even to be found in your home, there are at least 12 spiders that are Dangerous and Venomous?. It will be to your benefit to know how to identify and avoid these spiders. Their bits range from simply painful to down right dangerous to your health.

Natural no dangerous chemical spider control: The easiest way to control / eliminate spiders in and around your garden and home is to get rid of their food supply! Spiders do not become established in areas that have no or few insects for them to eat.
* Keep leaf, brush piles and compost piles well away from your home.
* Keep fire wood out of direct contact with the soil and well away from your home.
* Turn on outdoor lighting only when ‘really’ needed and change standard bulbs for the yellow lights that do not attract insects. Lights will attract insects and insects attract spiders!
* Check and if needed replace door sweeps. Almost all spiders gain entry into your home from poorly fitted and sealed doors.

Natural{sort-a} spider controls. Disclaimer Tobacco juice is a poison! It will kill ‘All’ insects that it comes in contact with. Use with Caution.

Get a package of pipe or chewing tobacco, soak it in a gallon of boiling water until it cools. Strain the liquid into a clean container. Put a cup of tobacco juice and 1/2 cup lemon dish soap into a hose-end sprayer and spray. I did this at our house two years ago and have been practically spider free since. This works on all kinds of bugs. A tip from Jerry Baker, a Master Gardener.

Spiders have their taste buds on the tips of their legs. They also hate the taste of lemon pledge. Dust your windowsills and door frames with the pledge, both inside and out, and any areas where they accumulate. The spiders will find that they don’t want to live with you.

The fruit from the bois d’arc tree or also known as osage orange tree (the fruit we call horse apples) are a great repellant for spiders. But If you access to them, try quartering the apples and place one quarter in each corner of a room. The spiders just disappear. I used this when we moved into a house that had been unoccupied for a year and the spiders were in total residence. Within a week, they had all left!

Side note, any effective treatment for spiders is also effective on scorpion’s.

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2 responses to “Spiders – Horse Apples And Tobacco

  1. Six years ago I was bit by a spider. I did not get medical attention for three days. Partly because I did not know I had been bitten, until the evening following the morning it bit. I woke up the next morning sick, the next day I was better, the day after that I went to see a doctor. He told me it was probably a brown recluse, and miraculously did not get a hole in my arm.
    Thanks for this info. Great to know.


  2. I HATE spiders, thanks for the tips! I love Jerry Baker! 🙂


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