For some, it is simply a surreal, if creepy, discovery. For others, it's an arachnophobe's worst nightmare. Either way, waking up to hundreds of tiny spiders scuttling over your furniture and up your walls may soon have you seeking refuge with friends and family until your unwelcome roommates can be evicted. If you suspect that a clutch of spider eggs has hatched in your home, don't panic. Instead, follow these four steps to reclaim your house from these tiny pests.
Identify the Source of the Spiders
If they have not scattered very far, follow the baby spiders to the center of their cluster. You will likely find the egg sac here, as well as the majority of the remaining spiders and any that have recently hatched. Check for any other unhatched egg sacs while you are looking here, and dispose of them as needed. Finding the eggs while the young spiders are still grouped around them is a quick way to exterminate or remove most of them all at once, sparing you a lot of work in the future.
Wait for the Spiders to Disperse
Individuals who are not afraid of spiders and do not want to kill large numbers of them may be able to simply allow them to disperse of their own volition. The typical house spider is not dangerous, and they may even help you control any other insect populations in your home as they go. Many of the newly hatched spiders will die on their own, and the rest will try to travel quickly to secure their own hunting grounds. Leave your windows open for a few days and move any stragglers outdoors to let the problem resolve itself naturally.
Exterminate Spiders Yourself
In many cases, of course, residents of your household will not be thrilled with the idea of playing host to dozens of spiders for several days. In this case, you will need to exterminate them either on your own or professionally. There are plenty insecticides designed for home use available at most hardware or general stores, with varying degrees of safety and effectiveness. After spraying or laying traps, monitor your house for several days to ensure that all of the spiders have been eliminated.
Professionally Exterminating a Spider Infestation
In cases of a large hatch, or when do-it-yourself methods prove ineffective, it may be necessary to call in a professional pest control expert to clear them out. Depending on the severity of the infestation, you may need to leave your home for a day or two while a bug bomb, or total release fogger, is used to clear the house. Whatever course of action you end up taking, act quickly to prevent the spiders from establishing themselves in nooks and crannies and laying eggs of their own.