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Right outside our front door, spiders like to live in our stair railing.<br><br>
I have low vision and am arachnophobic (well, probably not technically arachnophobic, but I just don't like 'em). So you can see that this is not a good combination. I really should use the railing but don't want to accidentally plunge my hand into a spider's lair.<br><br>
Anything I can sprinkle or spray there that spiders don't like but isn't toxic? For example, I know ants don't like vinegar. Would that work to deter spiders? Or maybe salt, or sugar...? Also, let's say vinegar does work - won't it just get sticky after a while? (This is outdoors so it would wash off in the rain - on occasion). I don't need to kill anything, I just want to make the area so that spiders don't want to live there.<br><br>
Thanks for any suggestions.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Right outside our front door, spiders like to live in our stair railing.<br><br>
I have low vision and am arachnophobic (well, probably not technically arachnophobic, but I just don't like 'em). So you can see that this is not a good combination. I really should use the railing but don't want to accidentally plunge my hand into a spider's lair.<br><br>
Anything I can sprinkle or spray there that spiders don't like but isn't toxic? For example, I know ants don't like vinegar. Would that work to deter spiders? Or maybe salt, or sugar...? Also, let's say vinegar does work - won't it just get sticky after a while? (This is outdoors so it would wash off in the rain - on occasion). I don't need to kill anything, I just want to make the area so that spiders don't want to live there.<br><br>
Thanks for any suggestions.</div>
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Are these spiders sitting in the center of a concentric circle web at night and "missing" during the day, with the web partially disassembled? If "yes", these are probably orb weavers. Orb weavers are very active during August and September and are harmless to people.<br><br>
But, if you want to evict - remove the remnants of the web during the day - use a broom if you are fearful. Then, spray the area with a mixture composed of 50/50 (peppermint castile soap/water) mixture with neem oil added - about a teaspoon of neem oil to 2 c. of solution.<br><br>
Know, though, that even if you convince one orb weaver to exit today, another may take up residence nearby soon after. A little patience and they'll be off, on their merry way, without you doing anything - in about a month.
 

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Thanks! I'm really not sure what kind of spiders are there. The tenants have changed fairly often, I think. I do think that probably we have an orb weaver right now, as I have not seen any spider in the last couple of days (I wouldn't see it at night because of the low vision).<br><br>
I'm happy to let it be for another month for the end of the season but I may start regularly "evicting" any tenants that come along starting spring, because I really should use the railing (I've tripped on unseen things and fallen down stairs before, and when I walk down these I'm usually holding DD as well).
 
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