Spiders are common pests in many homes. Although a nuisance, spiders are usually harmless. They tend to build homes in basements, attics and other dusty nooks and crannies. If you have a screened porch or enclosure, you many find it populated with spiders. Fortunately, there are different ways to get rid of these unwanted pests.
Remove unnecessary items from the area that the screens enclose. The more objects in the space, the more hiding places for spiders to use. Seal windowsills and doorsills to prevent spiders from getting inside the screen from outdoors. Replace torn screens or path holes, as well.
Vacuum the screened enclosure and the surrounding area. With a suction pipe, vacuum every inch of the screens and the space nearby, whether you see spiders and webs or not. Egg sacs may be too small to be visible, and it is imperative to remove all sacs.
Regularly dust and clean the space to eliminate sources of food and to remove webs in the early phases of development. Reach high or hard to reach corners and crevices with a dusting mop.
Extinguish nearby lights when not in use. Porch lights attract bugs, which are a source of food for spiders. If the screened enclosure is near to windows, draw blinds to reduce light.
Spray an insect repellent around the the bases of the screened enclosure. The insect repellent will kill other bugs and insects, and indirectly help with spider control by eliminating spiders' food supply. Alternatively, use spices to repel spiders in a more environmentally friendly manner. Citrus, orange, lime and lemon are known to fend off spiders. Place a few peels or plants in the area to keep spiders away.