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Spider Catching - Indoors #744590

Asked April 15, 2021, 7:54 PM EDT

What is the best, spider-friendly way to capture a spider indoors? I don't mind spiders (I currently have cellar spiders in my foyer & as a kid I had jumping spiders in my window sills). After getting bit by a brown recluse last fall (mild but miserable), I realized that it probably would be a good idea to relocate any spiders that could seriously harm my children if they were to accidentally get bit (I know spiders are defensive not aggressive). I prefer to relocate spiders, not kill them, as they are an important part of our ecosystem. Since spiders are quick runners, I haven't had have much success catching them.

Steele County Minnesota

Expert Response

https://citybugs.tamu.edu/2012/06/12/a-simple-technique-for-insect-removal/

https://extension.umn.edu/insect-relatives/spiders

Reduce outside lighting to control insects that encourage spiders to enter your house. Try to install yellow lights which are less attractive to insects instead of mercury or sodium vapor lights. Caulk or seal cracks or gaps around the foundation, doors and ground level windows to reduce the likelihood of spiders entering your house. A thorough vacuuming to reduce the number of spiders.

You could use a bug net to capture the spiders.

Pat Mack Replied April 15, 2021, 9:58 PM EDT

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