How do YOU get rid of Unwanted Tenants?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by country_wife, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. country_wife

    country_wife Evil Poptart

    Messages:
    585
    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2004
    Location:
    Ohio
    No, not renters. I'm talking about the spider and caterpillar population that seems to be booming under my eaves and in every window corner they can find. We do have a few that make it indoors, but mostly I'm talking about the ones all over the outside of the house. At first I thought ' no problem, the spiders will eat other bugs'. Little did I realize they'd leave their spider poopies all up and down the side of the house, and all kinds of things get caught in the abandoned webs.

    So to make things look neater outside, I've taken the broom to the little buggers. I can't think of any other way to deal with them since we have other animals around the house and free ranging chickens. Bug spray is definitely out.

    How do you keep them off your house?
     
  2. turtlehead

    turtlehead Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,390
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2005
    Location:
    Central WV
    I don't.

    But if I wanted to get rid of them, I'd use a broom or a hose.
     

  3. dagwood

    dagwood Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    376
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2006
    Rent a power washer and blow em all over to your neighbor's house...... :) :)
     
  4. gccrook

    gccrook Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    998
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2003
    Location:
    SC Kansas
  5. cast iron

    cast iron Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,796
    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2004
    Location:
    Western WA
    I hate those cobwebs. Nothing like walking out the door and running smack into one on the way to the car. Then the stringy stuff is all stuck in your hair, and as your driving down the road you realize the spider is still stuck in the web which is stuck to you...
     
  6. Dink

    Dink Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    581
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2006
    Location:
    North Carolina
    bleach water
     
  7. roughingit

    roughingit knitwit

    Messages:
    660
    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2005
    Location:
    Oregon
    Give them thirty days notice! Little tiny eviction papers...

    Actually I don't rid of them either. I'd rather them than mosquitoes!
     
  8. country_wife

    country_wife Evil Poptart

    Messages:
    585
    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2004
    Location:
    Ohio
    Anyone know what is in this stuff? I'm curious since it's supposed to be all natural and non toxic...I bet it's something we can make at home.
     
  9. country_wife

    country_wife Evil Poptart

    Messages:
    585
    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2004
    Location:
    Ohio
    If only they would take care of the mosquitoes, they'd have free rent for life! :rolleyes: I tried charging them rent, but I only need so many dead bugs. :p
     
  10. Danaus29

    Danaus29 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    20,048
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2005
    Location:
    Ohio
    Wanye, EEEEWWWWW!!!!!!! Been there, done that, nearly wrecked the car. EEEEEWWWWWWWW!!!!!!

    Country_wife, frost is coming soon. That will take care of both.
     
  11. Tabitha

    Tabitha greenheart

    Messages:
    1,751
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2006
    Location:
    Ky
    same way as you, use a broom. don't let it bother you.
     
  12. suburbanite

    suburbanite Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,596
    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2006
    Location:
    N. Calif./was USDA 9b before global warming
  13. country_wife

    country_wife Evil Poptart

    Messages:
    585
    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2004
    Location:
    Ohio
    Thanks, all! :)
    I had thought maybe there was some secret to it that I was missing out on. :rolleyes: