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How to Get Rid of Spiders

Spiders subsist mostly on insects, and generally enter a house for two reasons: to find dark areas for spinning webs and laying eggs, and to prey on household insects. There are a number of folk remedies for getting rid of spiders; in general, there's no need to resort to using insecticides. We swear by these tips from "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook."

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As a deterrent, try leaving scraps of soap, preferably eucalyptus scented, where webs appear.

Spray cotton balls with pennyroyal oil (a variety of mint available at health-food stores) or rubbing alcohol and rub on windowsills and baseboards and behind appliances.

To make your own bug spray, fill a spray bottle with 8 ounces of water and 3 tablespoons of liquid soap.

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