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Here is my dilemma:<br><br>
I noticed earlier this spring that we had an occasional ant in the kitchen or bathrooms - well their numbers have been decreasing (YEAH!), but the number of spiders have been increasing (BOO!)...<br><br>
Normally I would let mother nature take it's course while keeping the ant's food sources limited with cleaning, etc.... BUT the spiders in our house happen to be BROWN RECLUSE spiders!!! (Yes I am sure!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared"><br><br>
The spiders are freaking me out! I shake out my bed linnens/towels/shoes/clothes, but I just know they are going to bite me, my husband or my animals (no kiddos yet).... my dog is an avid hunter of bugs and I am worried she will get bitten in her mouth!<br><br>
My husband took his coffee cup out of the sink this morning (travel mug with lid), put the lid on, and when he went to get a drink at work a BROWN RECLUSE spider crawled out!!!!! GAAAAAAAA!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help"><br><br>
Should I:<br>
1. Have the house treated for ants which involves treating the outside of the house and the inside only around the pipes and the basement?<br><br>
2. Continue to let nature take it's course (while shaking out my clothes)?<br><br>
3. Something else?<br><br>
HELP!
 

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Home Depot has sticky spider traps that have some sort of hormone in them that attracts the brown recluse spider. I can't remember what they are called but they come flat and you peel off the wax paper to expose the sticky stuff and then fold them into a triangle and put along the walls. We have them under our couches, beds, etc. so the kids don't get into them.
 

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My husband took his coffee cup out of the sink this morning (travel mug with lid), put the lid on, and when he went to get a drink at work a BROWN RECLUSE spider crawled out!!!!! GAAAAAAAA!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help"><br><br>
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I think that this description is going to give me nightmares!
 

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My MIL had this problem in her house. I read online that spiders don't like the taste of citrus and somehow they can taste what they walk on, so I cleaned the whole house, floors, woodwork everything really well and put lemon oil on all the wood. I used lemon pledge around the outside of the doors and the spiders all but dissapeared. I don't think I saw another spider for the rest of that year. She passed on so the house is sold.<br>
If that doesn't work you can use diatomaceous earth, which will protect you from ALL spiders.<br>
We had ants in our apartment and I put down borax near the entry point and they crawled over it for about a week before dissapearing and never returning.
 
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