How to Remove Spiders from Your Home Without Killing Them

Updated on November 10, 2016
While spiders can be scary, it is best to try to remove them without harming them.
While spiders can be scary, it is best to try to remove them without harming them. | Source

Spiders are an important part of the environment.

They help to keep nature's delicate balance in check as both predator and prey.

While scary movies and stories have helped to promote the fear of spiders, in reality, these animals deserve our care, sympathy and help.

Most spiders are harmless to humans and actually directly benefit them.

Understandably, many people prefer not to share their home with one.

However, there are some spiders that have actually evolved to be in the house only and can't survive outside. They are good at hiding and you will rarely see them.

If you do see a spider, resist the impulse to squish it. Instead follow these steps to safely remove it.

To catch a spider you need a cup and a stiff piece of paper such as an old card envelope.
To catch a spider you need a cup and a stiff piece of paper such as an old card envelope. | Source

How To Get Rid of a Spider Without Hurting It

  1. Find a plastic cup, paper cup or one that is disposable.
  2. Find a thin, stiff piece of paper such as a greeting card, folder or flattened box (not corrugated).
  3. Try to guide the spider towards an open area using the paper. If it is on the wall, you don't need to move it.
  4. Take the cup and put it over the spider, making sure to not put too much pressure.
  5. Take the stiff paper and slide it under the cup.
  6. Keep the cup in place and lift the paper, holding the cup firmly but gently.
  7. Go outside and find a good area for the spider. If you have woods or a flower bed or even some shrubs or bushes, the spider will have the best chance of survival.
  8. Set down the paper and gently tilt the cup towards you.
  9. If the spider has gone up into the cup to hide, you can wait or leave the cup and come back later to get it.

Other Ways To Remove a Spider Without Harm

If the cup method won't work (such as when a spider is on a ceiling), there are other ways you can get rid of the spider.

Get a jar with a lid (such as an empty, clean mayonnaise jar). Using a stiff piece of paper, sweep the spider into the jar and put the lid on it.

Then you can take the jar outside and empty it in a spider-friendly area of your yard.

You can also use a wadded paper towel to very gently catch the spider. Gather the spider into the center of the paper towel and carry it outside.

This method requires you to be pretty gentle in order to not harm the spider or its legs.

There are also no-kill pest repellents which work with ultrasonic sounds to help keep spiders and other unwanted animals away.

Are There Times It Is Best To Kill a Spider?

Yes, sometimes you will need to kill the spider. If the spider has bitten you, you will need to kill it and take the spider to the hospital with you for idenitification.

If you are pretty sure the spider is poisonous, you may also need to kill it to insure the safety of any pets or family members.

In the United States, the two spiders that you need to worry about are the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse.

Spiders have been making webs for millions of years.
Spiders have been making webs for millions of years. | Source

How Long Have Spiders Been Around?

Spiders are actually evolved from an ancient creature that existed at least 135 million years ago.

According to Moment of Science, evidence of spiders has been found preserved in amber and fossils.

Their web making abilities have proven to be an efficient way to live and capture prey for millions of years.

How Do Spiders Outside Benefit Humans?

  • Spiders outside your home can provide natural pest control, eliminating harmful, disease-carrying bugs before they enter your home.
  • They also can help pollinate plants when they crawl, benefiting a garden and flowers.
  • They feed the birds around your home as well as the lizards.
  • Both lizards and birds in turn also help to eliminate other pests around your home and yard.
  • Helping to preserve the delicate balance around your home may allow you to reduce or eliminate the use of chemical pesticides--benefiting your family and the environment.

Is It Okay Just To Leave a Spider in the House?

Although it is up to you and your comfort level, house spiders that are harmless may actually benefit your home and environment.

According to Bayer, spiders in the house actually have some surprising benefits.

They tend to eat other pests that get into your home such as fleas, roaches and earwigs.

The type of pests that they eat are the ones that spread disease to humans and pets. So the spiders in the house may actually help with natural pest control.

Annie Dillard, author of Pilgirm at Tinker Creek, notes that she allowed the spiders to live with her in her home and even put a bathtowel over the edge of the tub so that any spider caught in it could easily climb back out.

While there may be cases where this is not ideal, in a world where people are becoming increasingly concerned about pesicides and chemicals, spiders may be a natural answer for pest control both inside and outside the home.

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        Helloooo 

        5 months ago

        Hi i just killed a baby spider just now (I think?) and I honestly regret it in my head all I was thinking was ew and I don't want it to become an adult and bite me... :( so I am thinking of buying a bug catch-and-release tool on Amazon because there are a lot of critters in our house! thanks for the interesting article!

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        DebEastCoast 

        15 months ago

        We get lots of jumping spiders in and around our home. We love them! My son helps me catch and release them when possible. Otherwise, we peacefully coexist. I never thought I'd call a spider cute. But they are!! Cute, brave, and very funny. TY for the great article.

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        L C David 

        23 months ago from Florida

        Thank you!

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        LPerry60 

        23 months ago from East Coast United States

        I love this article! I get all kinds of critters in my house: spiders, silverfish, katydids, centipedes, crickets, lady bugs and more.

        Since my home is a "no-kill" home, all my insect visitors are given free transportation services to the porch via your cup and card method.

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