Mudcat Café message #3511035 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #150645   Message #3511035
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
02-May-13 - 11:43 AM
Thread Name: BS: Natural Insect Repellents
Subject: RE: BS: Natural Insect Repellents
Why not get something with a long reach, like an aquarium net, and pop it over the spider. A few twirls of the wrist would get the spider into and holding onto the net and you could take it outside that way.

You probably don't want to hear about the tarantula colony in my yard. I have my neighbors trained to call me if they find a tarantula in their houses so I can catch it (in a plastic pint takeout food container) and release into the yard. These large spiders are beneficial - the tarantulas, snakes, Mediterranean house geckos, native lizards, are all are queued up around the outside of the house to eat many of the bugs that might otherwise come inside. They also will catch small things like mice.

I've used chipped up cedar (Western red cedar) in gardens around the doorways to repel the tarantulas so they don't come into the house. It generally works pretty well. Maybe you could get some of the closet cedar products to place strategically around the house and see if they help at all.