Bug Bombs and Baby... How to get rid of spiders?

Carrie - posted on 05/23/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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We have alot of spiders in our house and with warm weather coming they are just getting worse. Can I use a bug bomb in the house? We have baby stuff, swing, activity mat, pack n play... all over and I am worried about chemicals getting on them. Is there a bug bomb that is safe to use in a house with babies? Does anyone have a suggestions on how to safely get rid of spiders without putting my baby at risk?

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Guest - posted on 05/23/2014

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If you use a bug bomb you need to remove all of the fabric things your baby will have contact with--swings, bounce seats, play mats, pack n play etc. You don't have to take them far, rent a PODS or similar storage container that they bring to your house for you. Cover all of your fabric furniture with heavy canvas or plastic tarps, and make sure any dishes you leave exposed are packed away, then set off the bombs and spend the day away from home. (Usually at least 6 hours, but the bomb will tell you).
When you get home, remove the tarps, wipe down any solid surfaces, and put your dishes back. If you have carpet and your baby is crawling or still a toddler, run a quick carpet cleaner over it--one that uses liquid soap, not powder--then bring the baby equipment back in and have the PODS picked up.

It really isn't much more expensive to hire an exterminator who can do a yard and perimeter treatment. The one we use did a special, $150 for the first treatment, then $115 every 3 months, and it covers spiders, roaches, palmettos, wasps, and hornets. It is non-toxic to a point. Nothing is completely safe, but the chemicals go outside mostly and only along the edges of your rooms where the wall meets the floor. There are no toxic fumes, and once dry they won't come off on baby's hands should she happen to play near the wall. Outside, they use a spray around the house that goes out 3 feet and up 3 feet, then granuals in the yard. This keeps the bugs from getting to the house, so they can't get in. We live in a wooded area, so we have LOTS of bugs, but I haven't had one in the house in over 4 years.

Alexius - posted on 05/23/2014

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Wow your situation is so similar to mine! I found two huge brown spiders in my bathroom just this morning! I found that buying sticky pads and putting them in the corners of areas you find spiders works pretty good. In my house they come in the highest numbers from like 11pm-6am so when my little one goes to sleep I just put them out and collect them the next morning.... Also cleaning those darn webs on the walls and in the corners works too. My Grandma told me an old secret of putting Downie Dryer sheets in the corners of rooms and in dresser drawers also works well at keeping them away. An exterminator I talked to suggested moving furniture away from the wall slightly too. He said that spiders will tend to crawl along the walls and will climb on furniture if they are against the wall. This did work well for my son's crib and my bed. Placing furniture slightly away from the wall to keep a pathway clear for the spiders I have found works the best for keeping them off things and isolating them to the floor where sticky pads are waiting for them.

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